Friends, Partners, and Lovers
What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work
Great marriages don't just happen--they're made, intentionally, day by day.
The number one cause of divorce isn't adultery or finances or disagreements. It's apathy--a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship. It's forgetting that as a husband or wife you have three distinct roles: friend, partner, and lover.
With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson shows how to live out those roles. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.
Whether you are starry-eyed in love or struggling to make it work, this book will show you how to keep your marriage healthy, strong, and fulfilling.
"A good marriage isn't fate, it's not always romantic, and it doesn't come with a soundtrack . . . but anyone can have it. Reading this book will help you get there!"--Rossi Morreale, TV personality
"Whether you're looking to strengthen or rescue your marriage, this book can help you determine where and how to make concrete improvements."--J. Parker, Christian intimacy author and speaker; blogger at Hot, Holy & Humorous
"In a world where we watch people meet, fight, and break up via social media, Kevin's grounded advice is refreshing."--Kristan Roland, blogger at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Kevin A. Thompson is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multisite church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from premarital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two children in Arkansas. He blogs at www.kevinathompson.com.
"I love how Kevin takes 'happily ever after' out of movies and fairy tales and puts it back on my wife and me. A good marriage isn't fate, it's not always romantic, and it doesn't come with a soundtrack . . . but anyone can have it. Reading this book will help you get there!"
Rossi Morreale, TV personality
"Marriage is hard. Few do it well, and those who succeed need to have a ton of grace and a lot of wisdom. Kevin Thompson has modeled well what it means to have a marriage grounded in both wisdom and grace. This book is going to help a whole lot of marriages. Read it, practice it, and give it away!"
Brandon Cox, pastor at Grace Hills Church; editor of Pastors.com
"Kevin Thompson balances tried-and-true principles with a fresh perspective on the three main roles we have as spouses. Whether you're looking to strengthen or rescue your marriage, this book can help you determine where and how to make concrete improvements. Simple to read yet profound with insight, Friends, Partners, and Lovers is a book I'd encourage all married couples to pick up!"
J. Parker, Christian intimacy author and speaker; blogger at Hot, Holy & Humorous
"Kevin's book provides clear (and more importantly, doable) instruction for not only saving a broken marriage but also continuing to nurture a relationship that is healthy and happy. In a world where we watch people meet, fight, and break up via social media, his grounded advice is refreshing. I would absolutely and enthusiastically recommend Friends, Partners, and Lovers to my audience."
Kristan Roland, blogger at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
"With his sharp wit, a precise pen, wisdom beyond his years, and an ever-present posture of love, Kevin Thompson is a rare gift to the church. His writing carries a holy, transformational weight, and his readers are better for having spent time with his words."
Seth Haines, author of Coming Clean
"It's not a mystery, but it is a challenge to create a healthy marriage. I appreciate Pastor Kevin's approach: keep it simple and be intentional about it. Friends, Partners, and Lovers is definitely a practical, thought-provoking, and timely message."
Rick Bezet, lead pastor at New Life Church; author of Be Real
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