Marriage From Roots To Fruits

Understanding God's Design For Growing in the Good Soil

Christian - Living
246 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2016
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Author Biography

Matt Pavlik is a licensed professional clinical counselor who has a heart for healing marriages. He has counseled individuals and couples at his Christian counseling practice, New Reflections Counseling, since 2003. He completed his Masters in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and his Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. Matt and his wife, Georgette, have been married over 15 years and live with their four children in Centerville, Ohio.Matt's mission is to use the wisdom he receives from God to help others understand God's design for life. Learn more at

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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Marriage From Roots to Fruits by Matt Pavlik is a Bible based guide on how to create and maintain a God guided marriage. There are a lot of books out there about having a successful and rewarding marriage. They are based on a variety of religions and schools of thought. It’s hard to know what works and what doesn’t. After all, the divorce rate seems to be slowly but surely creeping up a little every year. I am a Christian and I think it’s important to have a God centered philosophy for your life and for your marriage. I haven’t always done this or even understood this, but when I am not God centered I have noticed that things seem to fall apart. If you are looking for marital guidance that is God inspired and God driven, then Marriage From Roots to Fruits is the perfect book for you.

Matt Pavlik organizes Marriage From Roots to Fruits under three big sections that take us deeper and deeper into the subject of a successful marriage. Part I is called Spiritual Foundations. Part II is Individual Growth. Part III is Marital Growth. It is suggested that you read the information in the order it is given. This book is based on a theory and a process. It looks like reading it and applying it step by step is the best way to get the best results. Every step is explained in a crystal clear manner with diagrams and great biblical references. There is even a list of movies which are suggested to help you learn about and discuss many spiritual subjects. The movie list is very God based and makes sense from a Christian perspective. Marriage From Roots to Fruits would make a great gift for Christians at any stage of life.

Christian Sia

What does it take to make love last? How can a couple avoid the anxiety and the fear that things will fall apart once the romance fades? In a society where divorce is the order of the day, how can young men and women engage in relationships with hope? Matt Pavlik’s book, Marriage From Roots To Fruits: Understanding God's Design For Growing in the Good Soil, is an incredibly timely book that offers powerful answers to the problems that create the drift experienced by many couples. It is a useful tool to have in relationships and at home, a book that will complement The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D. Chapman.

In Marriage From Roots To Fruits: Understanding God's Design For Growing in the Good Soil, Matt Pavlik shows how our commitment to grow enables us to create the best environment for love to mature and bear fruit. The author demonstrates great skill, knowledge, and mastery of the Bible, and reminds readers of the ultimate purpose of marriage and how to make it work. This book will help any couple to effectively handle any marital problem, develop attitudes and habits that foster personal growth, and get invaluable tools to face challenges in relationships. The book is well-written with step-by-step paths to follow for specific goals and powerful biblical excerpts to ponder. The format is very creative and every chapter is designed with questions and exercises that will help readers identify key drivers in their relationships and focus on what makes them grow according to God’s plan. It’s a powerful handbook that will transform the way you see and live with your spouse.

Vernita Naylor

The essence of marriage is rapidly on the decline. Divorce, especially amongst Christians, is equal to that of the secular world. Why is all this happening? Could it be because some of the decisions we are making are skew? Or could it be that instead of looking for someone of substance, character and commitment, we are looking at the outer appearance? Marriage From Roots to Fruits: Understanding God's Design for Growing in the Good Soil by Matt Pavlik provides all of the tools and resources that one would need to help establish and maintain a sound marital relationship. This book is ideal, regardless of what phase you currently are in within your marriage. There is a wealth of information for every occasion, from being single and having an interest in being married to how to heal from marital betrayal to divorce. Additionally, at the end of each chapter, Matt provides you with some exercises along with reading, music, movies or other material to help you embrace and strengthen the information you just read.

In reading Marriage From Roots to Fruits: Understanding God's Design for Growing in the Good Soil by Matt Pavlik, I truly enjoyed the fact that each chapter can stand on its own. Matt truly knows that the importance of being married begins with you, as an individual. There is a page dedicated to help you to create and maintain that individual wholeness. We all know that if your individual needs are not met, then you are unable to give fully of yourself to someone else. If you are married or looking to become married, Marriage From Roots to Fruits: Understanding God's Design for Growing in the Good Soil by Matt Pavlik would be an ideal go-to guide for you.

Arya Fomonyuy

Marriage From Roots To Fruits: Understanding God's Design For Growing in the Good Soil by Matt Pavlik is a powerful book on marriage that is timely and that bears everlasting truths for people of every age. In a time when many marriages and relationships are shaky, the author offers stunning answers to the question: What does it take to make a marriage last? When our culture is defined by commercial values and when there is just too much to distract us from the values of Christian marriage, this book comes along as a powerful reminder of the foundations of a good marriage. In his gentle and confident voice, the author demystifies the myths about successful marriages and challenges readers to become responsible for their relationships. In the heart of this book is the transforming truth that every relationship is destined to grow and, referencing the scriptures, the author proposes a proven method that ushers readers onto the path to creating the kind of marriage they want.

Marriage From Roots To Fruits: Understanding God's Design For Growing in the Good Soil is a revolutionary work, an eye-opener, and the kind of book that couples should study every day. Matt Pavlik cautions that: “The primary danger is that the careless couple believes good relationships are easy. Relationships begin easily because of chemistry. They last by learning how to accept the bad with the good.” So saying, the author goes on to explain God’s plan for marriage and offers proven tips on how to make that plan become a reality. This book is a rare gift of faith and love, a gift that will help couples open up to the transforming power of God’s love in their lives as they struggle to build deep and meaningful relationships.

Divine Zape

Many marriages are being tested and tried, especially with our eclectic culture driven by egoistic values, and there is a crying need for books that offer hope and inspire couples to live purposefully. Marriage From Roots To Fruits: Understanding God's Design For Growing in the Good Soil by Matt Pavlik is one of the rare resources to build strong and powerful relationships in life and marriage, a book filled with insightful and informative tips that can help any couple to deepen their relationship and make their love grow from strength to strength. It’s a powerful blend of psychology, self-help, and spirituality.

Matt Pavlik’s book is well-written and he brings to the work a vast knowledge of the Bible and an extensive experience in marriage counseling. In Marriage From Roots To Fruits: Understanding God's Design For Growing in the Good Soil, you’ll find the right questions to ask in the critical moments of your relationship and, above all, you will discover the path towards growth --- both personal and marital. This is a book that couples can read and discuss. There are many exercises that will help couples to face the challenges of their marriage and biblical texts to provoke life changing reflections. This book is a powerful message of hope for both married people and singles in serious relationships. The author masterfully portrays God’s design for marriage and shows readers the way to make that design a reality. It is a thoughtful, educative, and motivational book that should be shared, a book laced with timeless wisdom. If you are looking for ways to heal or deepen your relationship, then read this book.