5 years into marriage and I’ve probably at least that many books on the subject. We’ve walked a path of some serious life struggles since we said “I do” in 2013. We’ve stumbled through – taking classes, reading books and having those hard conversations. And it doesn’t get easier. But it has begun to look different.

I can’t speak for Eric, but I can say that for me, it seems like I’ve come to expect the unexpected. I still get shocked every time things get hard (probably because we’re told to believe life should be easy for us). But at the same time, my ability to persevere through the trials gets stronger every time.

Emptied: Experiencing the Fullness of a Poured-Out Marriage

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As I read Emptied: Experiencing the Fullness of a Poured-out Marriage, I recognized a lot of the things that I have been learning over the last 5 years. I’ve watched marriages struggle, thrive and dissolve. We’ve walked a road of wrestling with what it means to lean on God and pour ourselves out for the other.

Emptied felt like a familiar companion, walking alongside the road of marriage with me. The things that Jonathan and Wynter Pitts write about in the pages of Emptied were not shaming in any way. Rather, it was an encouragement to keep trying – knowing we’ll never get it perfectly. But it’s more about the journey of learning to pour out for the other than it is getting your own needs met.

I appreciated the Pitts’ conversational style of writing, and I felt extremely affirmed as I read the book. While I appreciated the Pitts’ desire to share the things that they learned through their marriage in an effort to help others, it felt like something was missing from the book. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I was hoping for – but there was a depth missing.

This book is a great starting place for those about to enter into marriage, or just starting out.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.

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