Beyond Ordinary by Justin and Trisha Davis is a unique marriage book, combining autobiography with gentle advice. Justin and Trisha write in the final chapter that their goal in writing this book is to help both couples whose marriage is in crisis and couples whose marriage is okay, but just ordinary.
The book takes readers from the earliest days of Justin and Trisha’s relationship to current day. Each of the twelve chapters, though, identifies something significant about the relationship at the point of time covered. Justin and Trisha take turns talking, telling that segment of the story from his or her point of view. Then, together, they tell what they’ve learned from the experience. They share with great vulnerability in hopes that God will use their story to save or strengthen other marriages.
It was a privilege to read this book, and I’ll gladly recommend it to anyone looking for information that can help to bolster and better their marriage. As the Davis’s say in Chapter 11, “We have to choose oneness . . . because none of us drift toward oneness.” Beyond Ordinary will encourage couples as they make this daily choice.
I obtained this book on my own and am choosing to review it for credit toward Tyndale’s Summer Reading program. For more information on marriage and parenting, visit the Davis's blog: RefineUs.org.