A frank and funny look at what to do when together is too close
Two’s company, especially for those who love each other. So what happens when—due to retirement, working from home, or even running a business together—spouses find that being in the same space all the time is awkward, complex, annoying, and just plain challenging? How can partners coexist without co-exhausting each other?
Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby know all too well how adjusting to a new, all-the-time closeness can cause the bliss of marriage to form blisters. Drawing from their experiences, and from men and women across the country in the same situation, the authors take a deep breath and dive into the root causes. They dig into what God’s Word has to say, and they offer practical tips for learning the spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical steps that can help readers replace irritation with peace.
For any couple who wants their home to be a refuge of peace and serenity for all—not just themselves—and who wants to know they aren’t alone in the mental and physical claustrophobia of too much togetherness, Spouse in the House is a vulnerable, charming, and pragmatic breath of hope.
Click here to read an excerpt from Spouse in the House.
My full review:
Whether you and your spouse are home due to retirement, work from home or dealing with a chronic illness or as caregiver this book by Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby will be invaluable.
Even if for the most part you don’t have any conflict—there will probably be a few bumps along the road. With personal examples and anecdotes from others (including their husbands) the chapters are brimming with “been through those trenches” advice and encouragement and it’s judgment free. Few areas are untouched regarding our relationship with the person who shares our space. The chapters encourage (and show by example) how to navigate and perhaps change our attitude and through all it shower grace on each other.
I have multiple sticky notes and many passages underlined. I also shed a few tears. I will come back to this book again.