Book Review: For Better, For Worse

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Some books are meant to be read and reread. Their lessons never become dull or outdated, and their wisdom remains fresh and true. That’s what my husband and I found when we recently reread For Better, for Worse: Devotional Thoughts for Married Couples, a devotional gem for married couples.

Marlene Bagnull, author, speaker, and conference director, compiled and edited the book, which includes devotions from more than one hundred Christian authors. Written by both men and women, such as Cec Murphey and Karen O’Connor, the devotions include Scripture, relevant real-life stories, and prayers.

The meditations are categorized by phrases from traditional wedding vows, beginning with “To Have and To Hold” and ending with “’Til Death Do Us Part.” The contributors don’t sugarcoat marriage but candidly share the struggles they have faced. We laughed and cried as we read the book together and gathered tips to strengthen our marriage. We gained inspiration to pray together, celebrate life, trust our faithful God, and much more.

Whether you’re a newlywed or have been married for decades like us, this devotional offers encouragement to keep your wedding vows strong for a lifetime.

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

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  1. Thank you for the book review, Lydia. I know the other devotional book I have by Marlene Bagnull is a treasure of ideas, concepts, and real-life based principles.
    It is also interesting that Mentoring Moments chose a picture of wedding rings which makes the wedding band (that is added to the engagment ring) appear similar to an offering plate. Marriage truly does need us each to consider that we are offering ourselves for the betterment of our spouses.