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August 05, 2005

Book Review: Hedges by Jerry Jenkins

I was only a few chapters into the book when I decided to watch the DVD with my wife. We were seriously impressed.  I now wish I'd waited because it spoiled a little of the book for me. But even so, I got a lot out of the book.

Jerry Jenkins targeted the book for husbands, because he didn't feel qualified to speak for women on the issue, but my wife enjoyed watching the video with me (which also has stuff not in the book) and learned from it. At times the author assumes things common for him are common for others, but I seem to had caught that mostly in the beginning, and much less toward the end, almost as if as he was writing it he learned to be more broad in his application. Nevertheless the general concepts are applicable to everyone who is married or about to be.

This would be a very valuable book for Christians to read. It outlines many common traps that lead to infidelity and methods for avoiding them. Many are simple things, I image lots of people would roll their eyes and scoff at being something to worry about, sort of like the look out on the Titanic that says, “Bah, what's a little iceberg gonna do to this big ole ship?”

What's also nice is that a complete study guide is included in that back so the book can be used for a series of study sessions. We, on occasion, will do something like that in our Sunday School class (although I'm alarmed to hear that some churches are actually doing that sort of thing in the church service rather than a sermon). This would work well for a Sunday School series or a series of home meetings organized on a certain night of the week.

I would also encourage you to read it as a couple, if that's possible (my wife's not much of a reader, so it's hard for me to even get her to read a magazine article) and discuss the chapters. The input from both spouses would clarify much of what's in the book.

I enjoyed the book tremendously and highly recommend it.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 5, 2005 03:04 PM

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