Marriage Perks: Episode 170
Apr 29, 2011
The benefits of marriage, plus an interview with New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb and a question about compatibility. Featured musical artist: Passion
I'm Glad I Got Married
We know how hard marriage can be, but did you know it can also be fun? In honor of the Royal Wedding and in response to your e-mails, we're talking about marriage's upsides this week. Two couples join us in the studio to share how marriage has changed and enriched them, what makes marriage truly a team effort, and how crafting a life story together with your spouse can be the best adventure you've ever known.
Settling for Mr. Good Enough
Lori Gottlieb thought she knew what she wanted in a man, and she assumed she'd get it. She also wanted love, companionship and a family. But at 37 she was still single. Racing against her own biological clock, she signed up for a sperm donor, got pregnant and had her son. She was now a single parent, and dating was bringing her no closer to Mr. Right. She wrote about her frustrations a few years later in an article that became the New York Times bestselling book Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough. It's an exploration of the assumptions women make about our future mates, and how, Lori argues, we're shutting ourselves off from some wonderfully eligible marriage partners as a result. Lori talks with me about her journey (she's still single at 42) and how she came to embrace these truths that honestly could've been pulled from the pages of Boundless. This is a great conversation with a woman who, while not writing as a Christian nor from a Christian perspective, offers via her experience and the wisdom she gleaned a sobering dose of reality for women everywhere.
Are We Compatible
He's into sports; she's into intellectual pursuits. She likes to discuss things deeply; he's not quite the thinker and processor that she is. Are they compatible? Can they have a successful, meaningful marriage? Counselors James Groesbeck and Sandy Janzen offer some suggestions to determine what is necessary for couples in the realm of compatibility, and what actually makes for healthy and refreshing differences.