How do you keep the music playing?
Without the defining and guiding role of the melody, music is formless and devolves into confusion, conflict, and chaos. Without the melody, no one knows what part to play, and the parts have no purpose. In the same way, God, the Creator of marriage, is the leading melodic component from which everything else in marriage derives its place and purpose. Supporting the Divine Melody in harmonic companionship is the formula for making a marriage that sings.
Having been married to one another for over 40 years we uncover the lasting treasures you can find for your marriage so that the music never stops playing. We address themes centered on preserving love in marriage, and those points in a relationship where uncertainty and desperation meet hope and inspiration. Our purpose is to inspire people of all ages with a realistic, positive and hopeful view of marriage as God designed it. Grounded in the certainty of the work of God which cannot be diminished by time or circumstance, nor its permanence easily dismissed, we illustrate how the marital relationship provides the fertile soil for aligning expectations, for mutual understanding, and above all, sacrificial love.
Included in the book are the diverse experiences and Biblical principles we’ve found to be reliable over the years for both character and relational growth. Those two growth dynamics, powered by the promises of God and the Holy Spirit’s working are the drivers of hope and endurance in any relationship.
The updated edition of our book (available in May 2018) is divided into seven parts:
Ballad For A Broken World
The Divine Melody
The Rhythm Of Love
Resolving Marital Dissonance
How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
Included are guiding principles for spiritual, personal, and
relational transformation in the following categories:
• The cultural influence on marriage
• The transforming power of the gospel
• The love-God connection
• ONENESS—its meaning and power
• Myths surrounding compatibility
• The secret of marital friendship
• Pathways to love and intimacy
• Character—the road to deep relationships
• Nurturing an understanding heart
• Love in the little things
• Speaking the truth in love
• The conversational aspect of marriage
• Fighting the ‘good fight’ & spiritual warfare
• The path to forgiveness and reconciliation
• A biblical perspective on divorce
• Developing an enduring mindset
• How faith ties the present to the future
• Fulfillment and completion over time
“Like their music, the practical wisdom of Bob and Evy Smith is a masterful interweaving of melody, harmony, rhythm, and poetry. Down to earth and supremely Biblical, their book will inspire and convict you; it will encourage and provoke you as you write the music of your own marriage.”
—George Grant • Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church, and founder of New College Franklin.
“Bob and Evy Smith’s new book is different. This book fulfills a vacancy that has existed for some time. May God use it to bless many.”
—Jay E. Adams • Founder of the modern biblical counseling movement and The Institute for Nouthetic Studies; author of Competent to Counsel.
‘Outstanding!” —Tom Jackson Performance coach, author of Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method and All Roads Lead to the Stage.