If any novel has opened my eyes to the needs and risks in my marriage, this is the one. Karen Kingsbury broke my heart with her gut-wrenchingly true portrayal of a man and woman who unintentionally drift apart from each other and from the Lord while appearing even to themselves to be “doing fine.” John and Abby Reynolds have the most envied marriage within their circle and their church, yet the busyness of raising a family and maintaining a certain standard of living ever-so-subtly creep in like a wedge and tear them apart. Their dreams, past victories, and wonderful children are not enough to patch up the wounds they have allowed to fester, and they face the inevitable question: is it worth even trying anymore? Kingsbury hits the heart of a woman’s needs and perceptions, and of a man’s God-given needs and purposes, and shows how the Enemy tries to destroy what God has brought together. Misunderstandings, assumptions, accusations, and facades replace the love and communication they once enjoyed. It frightened me to see some of the same tendencies in my own marriage, but has become a warning signal to not let those things continue. Every married couple should read this; it’s an excellent counseling book written as a novel.