A Book Review: You and Me Forever

Four12 Global News

by Juliet van der Westhuizen


You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan

“Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives.”

Francis and his wife Lisa join together to author this book that addresses the big question that so many couples have, ‘how do I have a healthy marriage?’.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the fresh perspective it brought to my view on my own marriage and just how much my marriage is about something (or someone to be more accurate), bigger than my own happiness or even that of my spouse’s.

What this book doesn’t do is give you a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts or practical handles on how to have a healthy marriage. Which may sound disappointing at first, but what this book does offer…somehow seems infinitely more helpful. This book brings the bigness of God, His mission, His glory and the necessity of an eternal perspective when it comes to marriage into the light, in a clear and impactful way.

Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls. With numerous references back to Scripture and solid explanations, this book is jam-packed with paradigm-shifting thoughts that are solidly grounded in the Word versus passing views or opinions.

You and Me Forever“ Many people will tell you to focus on your marriage, to focus on each other; but we discovered that focusing on God’s mission made our marriage amazing.”

I believe that whether you are single, dating or married, You and Me Forever will prove to be a really worthwhile read.

“The concepts in this book have definitely helped me so much in our marriage in the latter years” – Pamela Marais, Joshua Generation Church

Another worthwhile resource linked to this book is the video sessions study series led by Francis and Lisa Chan that can be found on RightNow Media. Covering a variety of highlights from the book like ‘Parenting to the Glory of God’ and ‘Marriage in Light of the Gospel’.

RightNow Media Series: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/1213
Buy in South Africa: https://christianbooks.co.za/shop/you-and-me-forever/
Buy online for Kindle/ UK: Amazon UK

Juliet, also known as Jewels, is a member of the Four12 admin team. An 80’s baby she grew up in Cape Town as a ‘PK’ (pastor’s kid). Married to her most favourite face and welcoming their first child in 2018. Adventuring through life, intent on loving Jesus and His Church.

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