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Playing Hurt: A Guy’s Strategy for a Winning Marriage By Brian Goins Book Tour

About Playing Hurt:
A marriage book that husbands will actually want to read!
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.
My Review:
In Playing Hurt, Brian Goins teaches husbands about how men are suppose to handle their marriage. Men can play hurt in sports and still have the determination to get back up and get back in the game. But in marriage, Goins has seen men walk away and give up on being there for their wives. When men are hurt we incline to have our way. We want our wives to change but we often don’t get to root of who we can actually change. Sometimes men tend to shrink back and play hurt when we get offended. It is imperative that men grow up and overcome their boyish ways. We don’t always have to win the fights and we don’t have to withdrawn from our wife when we become angry. Goins had a great point about remembering who our real enemy is. It isn’t our wives but it is the king of lies, Satan. We are called to love our wife like Christ loved the church. One day we will have to hand our wife back to Jesus.
Goins has many role models in his life that he is encouraged by and challenged to become like. He isn’t looking up to celebrities’ marriage but everyday men who love their wife like Christ does. Goins shared Greg‘s story that really jumped out at me. Greg takes care of his wife who is in a wheelchair. He loved her enough to help her in health and sickness. That is my definition of what marriage is suppose to be like. We can’t give up and say it is too hard. Most of us choose to get married.
This is what we are called to do in marriage and in our lives:
“Jesus is a perfect God loving imperfect people unconditionally for a lifetime. The only thing greater than that would be if God’s imperfect people loved other imperfect people unconditionally for a lifetime” (Page 137).
I would recommend this book to any husband and single men. If you are single don’t wait until you’re married to read this book you can start reading it now. Women can also read this book to help understand the inside life of a man and what we go through. I am currently single and not married yet. This book has helped me to prepare for my future wife. I must always remember that we are different. I have to express my love for my wife by telling her how beautiful she is every single day. Women need men to open their mouths and encourage them. It isn’t always about providing and moving the grass. We have to verbally and listen to our wives. The key is communication and caring. God can help anybody to grow into the person he created them to be. If you are struggling in your marriage or just want to know how to love your wife better, I encourage you to read this book. Any marriage can be improved with God’s intervention and his help! It is not too late!
“I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review”.

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About the Brian Goins:
Brian Goins is the author or editor of numerous study guides, workbooks, and Bible studies that he has developed for Insight for Living (Chuck Swindoll) and Walk Through the Bible. When he’s not traveling across the country as a Family Life Weekend to Remember speaker, he and his family reside in North Carolina.
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