Last Spring semester, a friend and I led a group of ladies through this wonderful Bible study on marriage, "Enhancing Your Marriage" by Judy Rossi. It takes 12 weeks of 5 days/week of work to get through the study, and I recommend doing it with a group, to help you stay motivated to keep at it. If you have ever done an in-depth study such as one by Beth Moore, or "Experiencing God", you will know to expect to look up a lot of verses in the Bible, and do a lot of writing and note-taking in your book each day. The rewards are worth the work!
What I specifically appreciate about this study is how much time she spends on leading the reader to study who God is. If you understand His unlimited power and ability and love, you realize any issue in your marriage, big or small, can be handled with His help. I am currently going back through the first five chapters where she discusses the nature of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, because it was a lot to take in then, and I want to soak it in more slowly. Hopefully I'll retain more this time through!
The ironic thing for me in this study was, while the book asked questions to apply principles to my marriage relationship, I found myself being convicted more in the area of parenting! It happened over and over throughout the class! I'm sure it had to do with the fact that my husband was deployed to Iraq for the first two months of the class, so he wasn't too hard to get along with then. But also, my husband is quite mature and patient with me, so even with him home, our marriage issues often stem from my own shortcomings! So her newest study, "Raising Responsive Children" may have to be my next venture!
This study is applicable to any married woman, whether newlywed, married for many years. It could also prove helpful to a single woman or engaged woman looking forward to marriage in the future, or even a divorcee, or widow hoping to remarry. Judy Rossi also does an excellent job of making the material applicable to Christian women who have unbelieving husbands. This is a very common situation, and she handles how to act in this type of marriage very well.
With marriages under so much strain, and being considered so easily discardable by so many, this study is a valuable resource for any group of women looking to enhance their marriage. I highly recommend it for all!