Starting from Scratch May Save Your Marriage

Laine and Steve Craft’s new book offers hope and encouragement to struggling spouses.
Laine and Steve Craft’s new book offers hope and encouragement to struggling spouses.

If your marriage is going through a rough patch, you are not alone—and you are certainly not without help, as now there is another resource to offer you the inspiration you both need to bring your relationship back to fruition. So what is the recipe for a sweet and satisfying marriage? Marriage advocates Laine & Steve Craft explain it all in their new book Start Again from Scratch: A No-Fail Recipe for Reviving Your Marriage. Having gone through their own struggles in marriage and restoring it through faith, patience and sacrifice, they have the ingredients and skills to help you cook up a lasting marriage filled with sweetness you and your husband will both enjoy until the end of time.

Hope for Women was able to chat with the authors about their latest work together.

Hope for Women: Tell us more about your book Start Again from Scratch.

Start Again from Scratch: A No-Fail Recipe for Reviving Your Marriage, is a real-life recipe that Steve and I created to revive our dead marriage. After 17 years of a failing marriage and misery, we literally started over from scratch. We knew that we had to start over and not divorce, because our marriage was worth the effort—not because we felt like it, but because it was the right thing to do. It is the true account of exactly what Steve and I did to restore our marriage and get to where we are today 12 years later: happy, healthy, thriving and madly in love.

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Each chapter ends with a recipe of action points for you to take and build upon, plus a journaling page to add your own notes and tweaks. The last page of each chapter is an actual recipe from my very own kitchen for you to enjoy!

HFW: At what point did you realize you had to start again in marriage and not call it quits?

We were living on the opposite ends of the house—literally. Steve was in the closed-in garage, and I was in our master bedroom. I had realized that I needed a counselor to help me work things out, because I was like Humpty Dumpty, who had fallen off the wall—my life was in a million broken pieces.

HFW: What is the main key that helped you through the hardest moments of marriage? The main key or the “secret sauce” that helped us through the darkest hour was surrendering everything—our lives, dreams, children, hopes, marriage and failures—to God. As a couple, together we fell to our knees and asked God to show up and prove that He was real by helping us forgive one another and quit hating each other and fall back in love again.

HFW: What is your message to women who are on the brink of giving up on their marriages?

Maybe you are at the same desperate point in your marriage as we were, thinking not even a miracle can save your marriage. I know what you are thinking: This sounds too simple. But my husband and I are living examples of how you can save a failing marriage that is full of hurts and despair. Start Again from Scratch: A No-Fail Recipe for Reviving Your Marriage provides real-life proven steps and ingredients that will enable you to revive your marriage. No matter how bad it is today, it can be transformed. Don't give up—fight for your marriage, fight for yourself and your spouse, and bring it to God.

To learn more about Laine and Steve Craft, you can visit their website: www.startagainfromscratch.com.