Love, Honor and Forgive: A Guide for Married Couples, By Bill Farrel and Pam Farrel

Love, Honor & Forgive

A Guide for Married Couples

by Bill Farrel and Pam Farrel

Love, Honor & Forgive
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Published: January 12, 2000
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 2227
  • ISBN: 9780830822270

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How can you stay in love with your spouse?Practice forgiveness.

It's that simple. But it's also really difficult. Saying "I'm sorry" and meaning it may be one of the biggest challenges you've ever faced. But your marriage may depend on it.

Bill and Pam Farrel write from many years of experience as counselors to engaged and married couples. Over and over again, they've seen that healthy and happy couples have learned the power of forgiveness. They've been able to understand and accept God's dramatic sacrifice of forgiveness in Jesus' death on the cross. And they've been able to offer that same kind of forgiveness to each other.

In Love, Honor Forgive the Farrels speak honestly about forgiveness in marriage, offering plenty of stories for thought and suggestions for action. You'll discover

  • what forgiveness is and isn't
  • how to find motivation to forgive when you're hurt or angry
  • conversational techniques to help you ask for forgiveness
  • tips for keeping the "little things" from turning into big ones
  • steps to rebuilding trust with your spouse
  • how to restore passion in your relationship after it's been damaged or broken
  • the heavy toll bitterness takes--on you and your marriage
  • how to forgive even when your spouse doesn't want forgiveness

The Farrels offer honest, practical and motivating counsel to help you restore or grow the love in your marriage. Asking and offering forgiveness is at the center. It is possible. And here's how.


1. What Is There to Forgive?
2. Why Should I Forgive?
3. Getting Forgiveness in Focus
4. Bitterness
5. Choosing to Forgive
6. Will You Forgive Me?
7. Reconciling Our Differences
8. Rebuilding Trust
9. Restoring Passion
10. I'm the Only One Who Wants to Work on the Relationship
11. Keeping the Slate Clean
12. The Power of Forgiveness



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Bill Farrel

Bill Farrel is Pastor to Small Groups at Shadow Mountain Community Church. Bill is co-director (with his wife and another IVP author, Pam) of Masterful Living, a relationships ministry. Bill is the co-author of Devotions for Men on the Go! (with Steve Arterburn) and Men are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti (with Pam Farrel, Harvest House). He is also the author of Let Her Know You Love Her: 100 Ways to Make Your Wife's Day, a guy's guide to romance. Farrel has worked as a senior pastor, youth pastor, radio speaker, public speaker and writer.

Pam Farrel

Pam Farrel and her husband, Bill, are codirectors of Masterful Living, a conference and communications ministry aimed at helping couples stay in love. Pam also has experience as a director of women's ministries, youth leader, conference speaker, radio talk show host and freelance writer. Together Pam and Bill authored the bestselling book Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti (Harvest House). Pam has authored numerous other books including 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make (Harvest House) and Devotions for Women on the Go! (coauthored with Steve Arterburn).