Best Friends for Life ★★★★☆

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Title: Best Friends for Life
Series: ———-
Author: Michael & Judy Phillips
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-fiction
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

 

Synopsis:

The Phillips tell 4 different true stories (with particulars changed for anonymity’s sake) about young couples they knew and how they proceeded through their dating, into marriage and how those marriages turned out.

The Phillips are convinced that “dating” has such an abysmal track record when it comes to marriages that last after dating that they want to explore other avenues. Their suggestion? Marry your best friend. Basically, make being friends with the opposite gender a higher priority than romance and really know what you want in a spouse instead of letting it all hang on hormones and feelings.

What does God, through the Bible, say about what is important in a marriage? The Phillips use very few specific Bible verses but count on their audience already having a decent grasp of Scripture. They are writing for someone who already wants what is best according to God’s will and is searching that out.

 

My Thoughts:

I read this originally back in 2000. At the time, I had graduated from Bibleschool. Mrs B was still in highschool and we hadn’t a glimmer of the others’ existence. I was mad to marry and was reading all the advice books I could get my hands on. I wasn’t going to be an “old” man like my dad when he got married. For the record, he was married at 28. I ended up being 30. Ironic isn’t it? So I figured if I could get all that advice then Mrs Right would fall into my lap and whammo, we’d have the perfect married life because obviously we’d have BOTH read all kinds of these books and know exactly what to do and what things to NOT do.

The funny thing is, I actually was friends with Mrs B long before we ever were romantically involved. I met her on Xanga, a blogging site (not sure how much traction it still has any more). She’d written a post about going to a medieval wedding and ended her post with “Have a good Sabbath”. I asked her what she meant by “Sabbath” as I was a Saturday Sabbath keeper and it turned out she was a 7th Day Adventist so she kept Saturday as well. We were friends for a couple of years online but figured we’d never meet. She was in California, I was on the East Coast. I didn’t like to travel and she had nothing to draw her to the East. But then a friend of mine, who I’d gone to Bibleschool with, decided he was going to get married. In California. He was in the Navy and would soon be shipping out in a Sub (subbing out?) and I didn’t know when I’d see him next so a group of us all went to California. I informed Miss Librarian and invited her as my plus one. Her brother, Sir Grumpsalot, came with her to chaperone and my friends were at the wedding, so it was safe all around. After the wedding that night, I asked her if I could court her. I called her mother that week and a year later we were engaged and 6 months after that we were married. Now, 10 years later, we’re STILL happily married.

Now, when I read this book back in 2000, I couldn’t have predicted this set of circumstances. In fact, I didn’t WANT those set of circumstances. I wanted somebody else. She has since gotten married to a wonderful christian man, has a family and is a bedrock of Faith for her family. But she wouldn’t have been right for me nor me for her. It took God to bring the correct Mrs Right into my life. That is what this book is about more than anything. It isn’t a hard and fast set of rules that the Phillips promise will bring you the right spouse. But they give solid advice about involving your parents, your friends, and most of all, not letting your hormones and feelings be in control. They are right.

They also give several examples of how people have changed what they’ve suggested to work for their particular set of circumstances. Some of the things they suggest simply weren’t viable for Mrs B and I, such as having family time with each other’s families while we were courting. The Phillips are very open that what they are suggesting isn’t the end and be all but they do strongly advise young people and their parents to put much more effort into the whole process than just “Oh, we’re in love”.

Reading this again, for our 10th Wedding Anniversary, it is uncanny how much God drew us both down this path in our relationship with each other. I for one am thankful for that. Our marriage is strong, we are happy and content with each other and while our lives together haven’t been what we’ve expected (Mrs B was diagnosed with crohn’s disease in ’10), our foundation of friendship has taken us through the times of hospitalization, lack of work, etc.

The book is a bit dated in regards to things they call out in American Culture, ie, what they considered a cliff is only a mere step compared to the moral cliff America has chosen to step off of now. It was eye opening and a good indicator of just how fast our country has gone down the path of immorality.

But ultimately, God Himself is in charge. He has taken responsibility through Jesus Christ and one day He will return and make it right again. I want to be ready for that and I hope you will be too.

★★★★☆

 

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17 thoughts on “Best Friends for Life ★★★★☆

  1. saloni says:

    I love this review! Life can have such wonderfully interesting twists and turns. Oh, and Happy 10th Anniversary! That’s quite a milestone 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thank you. Our married life has not been what we thought it would be but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.
      We went out for our celebratory dinner last night and ended up talking for over an hour and then spent almost an hour at Barnes&Noble’s afterwards.

      Life is good right now 😀

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  2. Aw, that sounds pretty nice. I have to say, I like to read about how other people found each other. Makes me happy^^
    Thanks for sharing yours and Mrs.B’s story as well 🙂 Congrats to 10 years, woohoo!

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  3. Ola G says:

    Congrats on 10 years anniversary! And thanks for sharing your happy personal story, those I like the best 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. savageddt says:

    Ten years? Well done mate. Milou and I will be married 6 months next week. How you met the missus sounds great and very special. Heres to the next 10 years🍾

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  5. What a wonderful story and review! Congrats on 10 years and all the best in the years to come!

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  6. BrokenTune says:

    Happy 10th Anniversary!! Lovely post, too.

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  7. Wow, thanks for sharing your love life origin story. Who would’ve imagined that the circumstances would lead you to meet her, connecting one end of the world to the other. Did you like.. decide to move to Cali after that event you to or did you maintain some kind of long distance relationship before the next steps (marriage and all)? Your story did end up making me wonder what the future holds for me. Hopefully something as awesome as 10 year anniversary with that special person! Congrats on that milestone, sir. 🙂

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  8. bkfrgr says:

    Awww, I love hearing how people met their partners. 🙂 Belated congratulations on your 10th anniversary and wishing you both many many more happy years together.

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