The title is a piece of a quote from Julie Anne Fidler. Ann and I desire to be involved in the renewing of the marriage covenant and individual hearts. Does that mean just with couples that are dealing with affairs? No, it means with any hurting couple who feels like marriage is more struggle than intimacy.
A while back my friend, Melonie asked if a Marriages Restored Weekend Conference was for those who have experienced infidelity or a general marriage conference. This was my reply.
We'll tell our story including the affair Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday the couples will be doing most of the talking. As we guide couples, the conversations will apply to anyone. We didn't want to call it a retreat so I wouldn't label it a general marriage conference. A couple certainly doesn't need an affair in their story to attend either.
It is for couples who really want to work, reconnect and turn the momentum around in their marriage.
I believe it has the potential to be a memorable and important weekend for all who attend. But I don't want you to take my word for it. Here are some others who think so too.
Your ministry is crucial. So much infidelity, so little restoration. I bless you both for what you are doing. On behalf of the church, thanks. You've paid the price to be able to share what you do. Larry Crabb, Author of over twenty books including SoulTalk, Inside Out and Marriage Builder
Ben and Ann Wilson have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, and survived it all. That's exactly what makes them an encouragement to those in wounded marriages, as well as thriving ones. Theirs truly is a story of redemption--the renewing of not only the marriage covenant, but of individual hearts as well. Their testimony of God's grace will give you hope if your marriage is on the brink of disaster, and you will be convicted that with determination and God's help, there is no such thing as an insurmountable obstacle. Julie Anne Fidler, Author of Adventures in Holy Matrimony: For Better or the Absolute Worst
Ann and Ben know what they are talking about. They have "been there and done that." They offer hope to hurting couples based on solid biblical foundations and sound counseling principles. Virginia Todd Holeman, Professor of Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary. Author of Reconcilable Differences: Hope and Healing for Troubled Marriages
Affairs, traumatic as they are, can be a catalyst for positive change. If you are struggling with an affair, Ben and Ann Wilson will guide you through the steps toward healing and rebuilding in their "Marriages Restored Weekend Workshop" for couples. Participating in this workshop will open up new opportunities for making your marriage better than it has ever been. Emily M. Brown, LCSW, Author of Affairs: A Guide to Working Through the Repercussions of Infidelity.
The brutal honesty with which Ben and Ann shared their story was most helpful. It gave us the freedom to be painfully sincere with each other. Thank you for the honesty, hope and inspiration of your story. Marriages Restored Conference Attendee
Those words are humbling to read. At the same time I have the confidence that Ann and I do have something valuable to offer hurting hurting couples to heal and rebuild.