|c. Lori Colombo-Dunham|
I was on the edge of my seat as Lori Columbo-Dunham described her whirlwind love story in Reflections on the Ring. It is one that our throw-away culture would think could only end in disaster.
Every marriage is stressful to some degree, but an unplanned pregnancy and a shotgun marriage to a guy she barely knew would not seem the best foundation for a great life-long relationship. Even the most well-intentioned would advise to bail out.
Thank goodness she didn’t, if she had, she would have missed the ride of a lifetime.
She describes her frantic second thoughts as she’s preparing to get married in a cold, bland courthouse, rather than the elegant church wedding she had been previously planning.
She describes their humble beginnings in a cramped, one-sink condo, to their dream home, complete with a yard for her children; leaving nothing out. She describes in detail all of the growing pains; the “what am I supposed to do with this child”, the career changes, the “where is the money going to come from?”
While both must be invested in it, she describes the untold power the wife holds to either make or break the marriage, just by her responses.
This is certainly not your average marital self-help book. It is her story, but there are quotes from the likes of John Gray and Laura Schlessinger, as well as the Bible peppered throughout. There are questions at the end of the chapters meant to spark discussion or solution.
The best way to learn, I believe, is through a story. Whether you are married or not, you will find it truly inspirational.