For about a month or so I had been hearing some really good things about this book called Date Your Wife written by Justin Buzzard. So, when I had the chance to review it I jumped right on it. The book itself is not a very difficult read by any stretch of the imagination. There are times it can be quite difficult for me to read, and with this book I read it in a matter of several hours.
Over the last several years I have read a handful of different books on the topic of marriage. This book is not one of my favorites, but I also don’t have any ill will towards its. For me the title of the book came across as a bit deceiving. I also had a hard time with the way he tried to force Genesis 2:15 as a full out mandate for men to take care of My wife at times has called me highlighter happy and with this book I did not make my first markings until page 32, and then from there they were slightly sporadic. While I appreciate his candor in telling us that the problems in our marriages begin with us as men. The mantra he says of the book is this “…if you want to change the marriage, change the man.” (pg 39)
He also breaks the book up into four different parts the good, the bad, the new, and the perfect. At the end of each chapter he has a section he calls Take Action where he tries to ask you penetrating questions or give you some things to do. One of the best things he did was from page 105 to about 108 was layout or show you in writing what it looks like to try and get time with your wife and how to setup your own “Air War” his terms not mine. The best thing you can come away from this book with is to be proactive in pursing your wife.
Would I run to every man on the street and tell him to read this book, maybe. Are there some men who need this book more than others? In my opinion yes. Buzzard, does a good job in making sure that he tells his readers that where you are screwing up is because its what you have tried to do in your own power. However, there is hope and it comes through Jesus Christ and what he has done for the world.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Crossway Publishers. I did not have to give a favorable review and the thoughts expressed in this review are my own.