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Kitty Arceneaux has a realistic, God-centered view of marriage. In Ruth Ready, she shares her insights on how God designed marriage as a union--how it adds value and enriches the lives of spouses. The book is a no-nonsense response to women who expect too much from marriage instead of appreciating that God designed matrimony to provide spiritual intimacy, understanding, and the ability to put Christ at the center of the union. Arceneaux creatively uses the metaphor of the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz as a meditative example of a healthy and complementary union between husband and wife. She draws on her combined experience and observation as a licensed minister and being happily married for 17 years by applying God’s principles to her marriage and as a doer of the Word.
From irritating habits, unrealistic expectations, and other weighty concerns that women fail to solve together with their spouses, Arceneaux does not offer a magical solution that would brush off domestic issues in marriage quickly. She is aware that love can fly away easily during tough times. She suggests that if we marry using the model of God’s love and commit to our partner, we are likely to survive any potentially marriage-ending situation. Ruth Ready presents case studies of vows in crisis, checklists for premarital counseling, and a sensible rationale for women as to why their destined partner will never be perfect. Women in waiting can particularly benefit from this book. After all, many newlyweds who vow to stick together call it quits the next day, month or year. This book calls us to operate in the thought that we should welcome God into our union for He intends to make our marriages last.