Vertical Marriage

The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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Honest to the core and laugh-out-loud funny, marriage coaches Dave and Ann Wilson share the one key secret that brought them from the brink of divorce to a healthy and vibrant relationship.

He never saw it coming. It was the night of Dave and Ann's 10th wedding anniversary, and if asked how their marriage was doing, Dave would have said a 9.8 out of 10, and he even guaranteed Ann would say the same. But instead of giving a celebratory kiss, Ann whispered, "I've lost my feelings for you."

Divorce seemed inevitable. But starting that night, God began to reveal to Dave and Ann the most overlooked secret of getting the marriage we are looking for: the horizontal marriage relationship just doesn’t work until the vertical relationship with Christ is first.

As founders of a multicampus church and marriage coaches with 30 years of experience, Dave and Ann share the hard-earned but easy-to-apply biblical principles that ensure a strong marriage. Written in a funny and highly relatable dialogue between both husband and wife, Vertical Marriage will guide you toward building a vibrant relationship at every level including communication, conflict, intimacy, and romance - though Dave is still figuring that last one out. Through their unique perspectives, they share an intimate, sometimes hilarious and at times deeply poignant narrative of one couple’s journey to reconnecting with God and discovering the joy and power of a vertical marriage.

For anyone who is married, preparing for marriage, or desperate to save a relationship teetering on the edge of disaster, Dave and Ann offer hope and strategies that really work. Vertical Marriage will give you the insight, applications, and inspiration to reconnect with God together and to transform your marriage to everything you hoped it would be.

Reflection questions for couples available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Dave and Ann Wilson (P)2019 Zondervan

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Transforming my Marraige

This book clearly places God and scripture first in a real way. It allows you to see a husband and a wives’ perspective on marriage. As Ann states- “just work on you”... so instead of asking my husband to read the book with me- I read it first and a transformation began in me....then my marriage
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MUST READ!!!

Having the authors narrate the book made it so much more personal and real. Listening to them tell their personal and sometimes intimate stories helped me see them as real people with real problems in their marriage. They truly are transparent with their marriage/personal struggles throughout the book.

I highly recommend this book for ALL married couples!!!

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great book very engaging

this is a fantastic book written by two very inspiring individuals. it's a look at marriage from reality and they need to put Christ before all of it

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Learned so much!

Part of me really didn't want to read a marriage book, but it popped up as a book I might be interested in. I felt led to read it and very convicted while reading it. But with that said, I know in my heart I need to change my thinking and my ways vertical toward God if I want my marriage of 35 years to ever be different. It's an excellent book and will hold your interest.

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Life Changing

This is an amazing book that everyone should read. It truly opens your eyes and heart to what men and women feel, think, and live. Dave and Ann have invited us into their lives to show how God truly blesses those who trust Him!

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A marriage must read!

Whether your marriage is strong or struggling, this book is for you! Dave and Ann deconstruct their marriage through the years, highlights and lowlights, and tell us the story of how they discovered that putting Jesus at the center of our marriages, and lives, is the only way to have a successful and fulfilling relationship.

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pretty good!

the authors do a great job just giving you the hard and sometimes ugly truth of marriage.

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eye opener

How often I forget to surrender to Jesus, in the heat of disappointment and anger. This book was exactly what I needed to redirect or "redo" my life and marriage. Thank you both!

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Great book

Thanks Ann and Dave. Great teaching as always. Your gifts are so appreciated. Love the Kelleys

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Going Vertical

I was so encouraged by Dave and Ann Rainey. My husband and I have been together for 17 years married for 10 years. Since about year 7 of marriage we have been in a wilderness season. The practical principles based on the word of God shared in this book have restored my faith in the God who brought me my very opposite of me husband. I am more excited than ever to start practicing these marriage principles in my own marriage. Forever Thankful!

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  • 03-20-19

Awesome book

It's really been a blessing to our marriage. The stories are funny, salient and very relatable all at the same time.

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  • 06-18-20

Best marriage book

Such a good book. Encouraging funny and so relatable with so many easy ways to create change in your marriage