Marriage Built on Purpose, Not by Accident

SheilaWrayGregoire2012bluelargeMany of us who have entered the unity of marriage never knew the challenges that would come after saying “I do.” We never knew when we were dreaming of the perfect wedding dress and how many bridesmaids we would have that our dream could turn into a nightmare. In Sheila Wray Gregoire’s new book 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage, the mystery behind having a peaceful marriage is answered. It is a must need and a must read for all marital couples. I was very surprised how relatable this book was, and even if you have the most harmonious marriage, there are tips for you to improve the relationship you have with your spouse. How to resolve constant arguments, sexual issues, and submission is all answered in this go to book. Sheila Wray Gregoire is an award-winning author, speaker and blogger who has penned seven books including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. Her calling in life is to give hope to women and encourage them to be the best they can be. This practical guide digs into the intimate parts of marriage that are often swept under the carpet. Each thought has an action step for you to follow and in case you forget, it is seamlessly summarized at the end of each chapter. Chapters such as “Having Sex is Not The Same as Making Love” and “If I’m Not Careful, We Will Drift Apart,” will have you walking in the right direction of restoration. Gregoire is not afraid to expose her own faults. She boldly encourages her readers to share in her walk of victory with tips to change the way you relate to your spouse. This humorous read will have you crying and laughing at the same time. She also uses a range of other people’s experiences to give you a great example of what is acceptable and how to work things through with your spouse. Most of all she connects you back to God, the ultimate restorer.

9 thoughtsGregoire states “Intimacy is about sharing something with your spouse that you don’t share with anyone else. It’s letting him in. It’s laughing together. And it’s also feeling that deep hunger for each other. Somewhat ironically, when you feel that way, you’re often more drawn to pray together because you’ve already become vulnerable with each other. You’ve let down pretences. That’s also why when you pray together first, sex is even more intense. ”

Sheila Wray Gregoire lives with her husband of 23 years, Keith, and is the mother of two daughters. Both Sheila and her husband have a passion of reconciling marriages and speak together at marriage outreaches at Family Life Canada marriage conferences. To find out more about Sheila Wray Gregoire, you can connect with her at