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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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Best marriage book

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

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  • Jennifer Warren
  • 12-07-2019

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-07-2019

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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  • Megan NIezgoda
  • 07-04-2019

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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  • Linda Sue
  • 07-02-2019

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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  • angela
  • 09-01-2020

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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  • Matt Blackmon
  • 20-09-2021

Best marriage advice

The sound Biblical marriage principles and practical applications in this book are so needed and timeless. Read it and passing along.

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  • Crystal
  • 08-08-2021

Highly recommend!!

I listen to Dave and Ann daily on the Family Life radio broadcast. They are so down to earth and relatable. Having them read their own book was just as inviting as listening to their broadcast. I will definitely be listening to this again and hope my husband will join me!!

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  • Michael
  • 04-08-2021

Best marriage book I've ever heard!!

Loved it!! I finished it and promptly restarted it. It was thought provoking and encouraging and FUNNY!!

Yes marriage is HARD! Everyone knows that. But it can be the best journey of our lives. It's good to remember that there is also JOY in the journey!

Dave and Ann demonstrate so well the joy and the sorrows that are included when 2 sinful humans choose to remain exclusive one to another.

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  • MRIchicky1
  • 12-07-2021

loved this book!!

I felt like they had been a fly on the wall in my house at times! They are so spot on with their advice. My husband and I are in the process of listening to it again together.

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  • Tinameister
  • 14-06-2021

Married for life

I have heard a lot of this before in a group we were in however, it is always a good reminder. Like God always does, His timing was perfect and I needed the reminder. One of the things in the book talks about how we think we can handle things and when they go astray then we call out for God but what I haven’t been doing is putting God first in my marriage letting Him guide the ship. This is a great read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-2019

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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