“The Naked Marriage” by Dave & Ashley Willis
-undressing the truth about sex, intimacy and life-long love.-
So first of all, WOW.
The day I started this book, I was standing in my kitchen baking cookies. Hubby and I had just gotten home from a marriage conference through our church, which just happened to include a session led by this couple (Dave & Ashley Willis). I enjoyed what they had to say so much that I searched for their book as soon as the session ended! Found it on audible, read by the authors!! It’s basically like listening to an extended version of their session from the conference! LOVE IT!
There are so many amazing concepts in their words, but by far the most mind blowing concept for me has been ‘your spouse was never meant to complete you, only God can do that. Your spouse may compliment you, and become an integral part of your life, but you will never be complete without God at the center of your marriage.’ ~I’ve paraphrased here, because I’m not really a verbatim kind of girl, but you get the point.
The book goes on to explain that holding hands and going for a walk together, can be just as intimate as lovemaking. Talking with your partner, every day, sharing details and dreams. Being present and invested in them, can make all the difference in your marriage.
It also talks about something they refer to as ‘the love seat’.
I LOVE THIS!
The explanation is simple, picture a loveseat and two chairs. Some couples choose to sit together on the loveseat, invested in each other. Attentive to each other, and close together. Seated in the LOVE seat (DUDE, GOD IS LOVE) so the couple seated here, is seated in GOD! #mindblown
Some couples will choose to sit in their own separate chairs, with plenty of space between them. Space for lots of things to GET between them. Things like money, fancy homes, jobs, choices, friends and even space for extra marital affairs.
But the saddest situations are the marriages where one spouse is choosing to sit in the loveseat, while the other is choosing to sit in a chair. Even if it’s the chair right next to the loveseat, there is still space between… enough space for satan to play his evil games. Space for separation between the two who are made one flesh. Space to make the couples challenges feel like HIS problems, or HER problems, instead out OUR problems.
While the spouse seated on the loveseat can try endlessly to convince their partner to join them on the loveseat. Praying, loving and tirelessly waiting. The spouse seated in the chair, the spouse who needs their space, the spouse who isn’t fully invested in the marriage, could make it impossible for the couple to ever experience what Adam and Eve had.
“The man and his wife were both naked, and felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25 NIV
(Probably goes without saying, but this nakedness that the Bible is referring to, it’s a lot more than just nudity 😉
Get the book y’all. It’s awesome.