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Download What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Tripp Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Marriage, according to Scripture, will always involve two flawed people living with each other in a fallen world. Yet, in pastor Paul Tripp's professional experience, the majority of couples enter marriage with unrealistic expectations, leaving them unprepared for the day-to-day realities of married life.

This unique book introduces a biblical and practical approach to those realities that is rooted in God's faithfulness and Scripture's teaching on sin and grace. Spouses need to be reconciled to each other and to God on a daily basis, Tripp declares. Since we're always sinners married to sinners, reconciliation isn't just the right response in moments of failure. It must be the lifestyle of any healthy marriage.

What Did You Expect? presents six practical commitments that give shape and momentum to such a lifestyle. These commitments, which include honestly facing sin, weakness, and failure; willingness to change; and embodying Christ's love, will equip couples to develop a thriving, grace-based marriage in all circumstances and seasons of their relationship.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Durso | 2/14/2014

    " I'm a big fan of Paul David Tripp. Read through this quickly for some premarital counseling I'm doing with some friends-- but looks like a book I'll be recommending for hurting marriages and returning to often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francine | 2/14/2014

    " pretty good - read part of this for a marriage seminar e and i attended. didn't make it all the way through, but the book stays on our nightstand and we return to it frequently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libbydale | 1/29/2014

    " I wouldn't say this is an easy book to read, but a good one. It gets to the heart of the matter quickly. Our marriages are not better because we communicate more frequently or do the dishes more, but because we love God and put him first. This book goes much more to the core of things than I can describe here. If you're serious about making your marriage work and have a relationship with God, read this book. I'm still reading this. Started it in conjunction with a video series at my church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/29/2014

    " This book was wonderful. Paul Tripp's insights were deep and profound, and I thoroughly enjoyed what he had to say. The principles he presents in this book would be beneficial for any relationship, not just the husband-wife relationship. I can safely say that this is the best relationship/marriage book that I have read so far, and I would highly recommend it to everyone who needs a fresh and biblical perspective on how to relate to others in a God-honoring way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 1/23/2014

    " Nearly finished, think it's excellent. Following on from hearing him speak at New Word Alive, easy to follow + might take me a life time to apply!!! Probably should take me a life time if I'm understanding the point! Most challenging sections for me are on trust - how easy it is to break trust or lose trust. Plus dealing with difference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Sheppard | 1/20/2014

    " This is a weighty book. Took me quite a while to finish. It was definitely worth it. I got some work to do in my marriage, by God's grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Carlson | 1/18/2014

    " Great book. This is a hardy, Gospel-centered explanation of marriage and really all human relationships. It is a must-read for any Christian who wants to improve the relationships in his or her life. If you don't believe in God, the advice will mean nothing to you because it is all God-centered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 1/17/2014

    " There are all sorts of excellent video clips of the author explaining the book, at the Westminster Bookstore website. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " Only read the first chapter, and can tell already it's gonna be good... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Eachus | 1/9/2014

    " One of the best marriage enrichment books I've gotten my hands on. Recommended for every Christian couple out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/31/2013

    " Such an awesome book!! Truly realistic!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 12/22/2013

    " Classic Tripp. Every chapter makes these two main points: 1) Worship is the problem and the cure for your marriage. 2) "The hope of your marriage can be captured in one glorious, powerful, and transforming word--grace." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catie | 8/22/2013

    " This is probably the best marriage book I've read to date. The premise is any issue or problem you have with your spouse is just a way for God to work in YOUR life. Sometimes a tough pill to swallow, but very true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 7/11/2013

    " Good principles, but this book could have been 100 pages shorter. I didn't finish bc all his words were exhausting me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 6/6/2013

    " This is a great book on Christian marriage. I appreciate that early and often the theme of the real problem in most marriages (personal selfishness - or as he says, "mis-placed worship") is highlighted and addressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 3/18/2013

    " Great book to really understand what true marriage should be. So many things that I need to remember and be as a husband and lover... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler Hurst | 3/10/2013

    " Great book on marriage. Insanely practical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya Mandich | 12/30/2012

    " I think every believer should read this before getting married. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Padgett | 11/19/2012

    " Best practical book on marriage out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashlee | 8/25/2012

    " I've been reading this for nearly a year....I don't know if it's the book or me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Gray | 11/28/2011

    " Awesome! I now have 3 solid, Christ-centered books on marriage that I can recommend to other couples. Most other "Christian" marriage books are still nothing more than behavior modification and manipulation of the spouse. This is a GREAT book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 6/24/2011

    " Excellent book! Very insightful, convicting, and hope-giving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 4/14/2011

    " great book about marriage - the every day stuff. not romantic and not "heady" with theology but very practical. a quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 1/22/2011

    " The best book I have read on marriage, by far. Every married couple should read it. Outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 12/28/2010

    " Excellent book! Very insightful, convicting, and hope-giving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 8/27/2010

    " Good but not great. Has some excellent, helpful an convicting sections. Some parts were difficult to read - made me lose hope in descriptions to close to my own situation. My main complaint is that the book seemed very repetitive at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 8/19/2010

    " Great book to really understand what true marriage should be. So many things that I need to remember and be as a husband and lover... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 8/18/2010

    " Awesome! I now have 3 solid, Christ-centered books on marriage that I can recommend to other couples. Most other "Christian" marriage books are still nothing more than behavior modification and manipulation of the spouse. This is a GREAT book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/1/2010

    " So far, I've learned about my Kingdom of Self vs. the Kingdom of God, which I already knew about but not quite in this way. It is helpful for defining what my motivations are - am I serving myself or am I serving God? I'm sure there will be more to come! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 5/3/2010

    " This is the best book on marriage that I have ever read. I just finished it and I am planning to go back to review right away. "

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