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Sweethearts for a Lifetime: Making the Most of Your Marriage (Mack)

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This biblical, practical book, from the author of the best-selling Strengthening Your Marriage, will help couples restore warmth and vitality to their marriages. Written both for newlyweds and for those who have long been married, Sweethearts for a Lifetime will certainly become a classic for years to come.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: How to Keep a Good Marriage Going

1. Committing to God’s Purposes for Marriage

2. Let’s Be Friends

3. Don’t Forget about the Children

4. Workers Together

5. An Overlooked Aspect of God’s Blueprint

6. One Plus One Equals One

7. More about Oneness

8. Obstacles to Oneness

9. Be a Bargain

10. Your Spouse, a Priority

11. Leaving Involves Putting Off

12. Leaving Involves Putting On

13. The Parents’ Side of Leaving

14. Other Types of Leaving

15. Purity Is Essential

16. Every Marriage Needs Some Hedges

17. More about Hedges

18. Good Marriages Require Some Perspiration

19. Till Death Us Do Part

20. The Most Important Factor

21. Overcoming Obstacles to Christ’s Preeminence

Part 2: The Fulfilled and Fulfilling Husband

22. Husbanding Involves Being a Real Lover

23. Why Do Husbands Fail to Love?

24. More Reasons for Husbands’ Love Failures

25. Even More Reasons for Husbands’ Love Failures

26. Loving Involves Cherishing and Nourishing

27. Loving Involves Following History’s Greatest Example of Love

28. Husbanding Involves Leadership

29. Husbanding Involves Being a Learner

Part 3: The Fulfilled and Fulfilling Wife

30. Is Submission a Dirty Word?

31. Three Family Plans

32. No, It Doesn’t Mean

33. What Keeps Wives from Doing It?

34. Yes, It Does Mean

35. Let’s Get Practical

36. Be Your Husband’s Helper

37. Be Your Husband’s Friend

38. More on Friendship

39. Be Your Husband’s Colaborer

40. Be Your Husband’s Commender

41. Be Your Husband’s Challenger, Counselor, and Crown

Appendix: Biblically Sound Resources for Marriage and Family Enrichment and/or Counseling 


“In whatever state you see your own marriage, I am confident you will find here the principles and practices you’ve searched for as you seek to reflect Jesus Christ’s relationship to His bride—the church.” — Lance Quinn, President, National Association of Nouthetic Counselors

“Sweethearts for a Lifetime roots marriage in Christ and the gospel, and in separate sections devoted to men and women it identifies the callings God has clearly given them in Scripture. This book bears reading and rereading by couples together!” — Tedd Tripp, Pastor, author, conference speaker

“Christian marriages are meant to get better over time. It is for want of knowing and applying the truths Wayne Mack has spelled out so well in this book that many marriages do not.” — Martin Holdt, Pastor, Constantia Park Baptist Church.


Wayne Mack lives in Pretoria, South Africa, where he serves as a pastor-elder with his son-in-law and teaches biblical counseling at Strengthening Ministries Training Institute to pastors and aspiring pastors in the region. He also spends about six weeks in the USA teaching at various churches. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children and numerous grandchildren.