Everyone admires people who play hurt, from the superstar athlete to the journeyman player who finishes the game even when hurt, sick, or falling apart. Everyone looks up to these athletes and wants to mimic their “never give up” attitude. Except when it comes to marriage. Most husbands are willing to take a bullet for their wives in a life-and-death situation; but when his bride fires the bullet--hurls an insult, disrespects him in public, ignores his foreplay in private--he’d rather throw in the towel than play through the pain.
Playing Hurt is a biblical playbook for marriage that speaks in the language most men understand—the language of sports. Using a sports analogy to explain the motivation, means, and methods of playing hurt, author Brian Goins shows men how to overcome the temptation to stay on the bench. Playing Hurt is more about inspiration than instruction. It’s about finding the motivation to stay in the game, despite the pain. It’s about becoming like the One who knew more about nails and thorns than any superstar athlete. Using Ephesians 5 as a biblical basis, this book will call husbands to be the heroes they long to be--men who play hurt in order to win at marriage.
- Man with God
- Man with Spouse
- Man with Children
Goins helps the reader see the importance of playing through the pain using examples of Christ and human heroes. The author explains how the greatest struggles in our marriages happen when we take our eye off of Jesus. Faith is a much needed item required while playing through the pain and bad performances. Goins helps the reader see who needs to be lifted up in the marriage and how to do it. In his book, Playing Hurt, Goins helps you find help in the playbook. Goins helps you see who the real enemy is. The author deals with four traps that men fall into. Goins helps you to find allies and back ups when needed. Brian encourages the reader to push through the pain and play hurt because your marriage is worth it. Goins's insights are worth the read when you are fighting hurt to keep your marriage alive.
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