Reviewed by Linnea Lewis
It’s common knowledge that the advent of children brings a change in a wife’s relationship with her husband. Suddenly, we’re responsible for a little human being who needs near constant care and who brings a whole new set of fears, worries, and complexities to each of us. Don’t get me wrong, children bring immense blessing, fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction as well! However, if we’re not aware of the unique challenges of living both motherhood and marriage, we’ll end up neglecting one and damaging the other in the process. Love Unending is a great book on marriage that speaks directly to the mom, especially of young ones, who fears or realizes that her marriage is not what it once was.
Becky Thompson writes, “Since becoming a mom, do you feel as if your marriage no longer receives the attention it needs to thrive? Do you ever wonder how you’re supposed to recenter your heart on your husband when you are so busy with everything else? Those feelings you experienced in the first days of love and marriage often become buried beneath hurried life, active children, and mountains of bills and laundry. Maybe you’ve questioned and perhaps even worried if you’ll ever again experience romance as you did in the beginning—that newness of what it meant to be fully caught up in one another.”
Can you rekindle that same “new” love? Becky says yes! Through her book she challenges us to remember a time when we naturally did things like speak kindly, listen intently, serve joyfully, greet lovingly, and thank frequently. With candor and humor as she relates lots of personal stories plus gentle, challenging words, Becky gives tired moms simple, actionable ideas and thought-provoking questions to start the journey toward a better marriage.
There is space at the end of each chapter for journaling as you go through the twenty-one-day challenge of wiping the slate clean and treating our husbands with the grace and gratitude we had when we first fell in love.
Though not written specifically for homeschooling moms, I think all mothers would benefit from the wisdom and encouragement in this book. Buy a copy or two and consider sharing it with another mom who may need some hope and help too!
This review was originally published in the January/February 2017 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Information and availability subject to change without notice.