In his book Confessions of a Happily Married Man: Finding God in the Messiness of Marriage, Joshua L. Rogers recounts the first ten years of marriage to his wife, Raquel, and he shares personal, often humorous stories from his life.
I like how the author emphasized the importance of integrity and high character, and he strove to make positive changes in his attitude. One of my favorite chapters was “Prayer Pressure” – it was interesting to see how Joshua and Raquel’s prayer life evolved over the years. There are also many funny moments in the book, such as when Joshua and Raquel are having a private fight, only to realize that relatives can hear them through a baby monitor! Sometimes marriage books feel like instruction manuals, but Confessions of a Happily Married Man feels like a memoir, and the content is witty and easy to relate to.
Rogers provides good ideas about staying connected, communicating well, and conquering difficult situations as a team. We see the importance of spending quality time with our spouses and having an attitude of shared responsibility. And we are reminded that in the midst of trials in marriage, God is right there with us. The book shows how healthy conflict can make relationships stronger, and how challenges can bring couples together.