Intimate Anatomy: A Workbook for Building Intimacy

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Intimacy has an anatomy. Owning and using the components of intimacy is how relationships maximize. God invented intimacy for his relationships with those who love him, both male and female, whom the Bible calls the bride of Christ. He created marriage after that same pattern, so couples could experience both spiritual and human intimacy using the same principles. God made people in His image, and the root meaning of the word image in the Bible is shadow. Marriage is the image, or shadow, of God’s relationship with his church. This workbook has simple, down-to-earth instruction for building intimacy with God, and with your spouse, based on the relationship-building pattern found throughout the Bible.
The centerfold of this workbook is a diagram entitled A Shadow Named Marriage©. It illustrates God’s relationship-building pattern, and each chapter in the workbook explains one of the pattern’s steps. Grasping each chapter before going on to the next is important. Preview the centerfold diagram before using the workbook to see which steps you have experienced with God on the spiritual part of it. Do the same for your marriage on the physical part. Referring to it often will help you benefit from each chapter.
Intimacy needs ownership and focus, thus the famous slogan, "into-me-see". Intimacy delivers more pleasure than fantasy because it is real and owns the ultimate power of truth. Relationship requires involvement and this workbook requires reader interaction. Chapters are intentionally short; readers finish the book with their own life details. Scripture is more than history; it has eternal principles which God personally brings to life for everyone who truly wants his help. He made intimacy without limits, allowing continuous improvement for everyone who chooses to follow Him there.
Intimacy begins by you becoming the passionate bride of Christ, the spiritual model of the earthly marriage you long for... whether you are married or not. This is true because God is the author of intimacy, and because he already wants intimacy with you. Therefore, it is now your response to his love that is the key to you having intimacy in that relationship. Intimacy within marriage takes more time and work, because both partners are only human. However, developing intimacy with God shows you how God designed relationships to work. Once both spouses have growing intimacy with God, their intimacy as a couple has divine power to multiply, as you will see. Intimacy becomes a way of life, with never-ending opportunities for increase.
Whatever is valuable has a counterfeit, which is not valuable. Real relationships are valuable, whereas shallow interactions are counterfeit. Intimacy is valuable, whereas fantasy and lust are counterfeits. God is eternal, and the things of God own the power of endurance and increase. Following God’s relationship-building pattern aligns you to receive the power that he, the author of intimacy, reserves for it. Doing something else simply cannot access this power. Intimacy has an anatomy, and God wants you to have it.
It is okay if you know nothing about God or the Bible. This workbook introduces you to what he is like and what he has to say. Please visit our Internet website www.intimateanatomy.com for more information about getting to know him personally. For now, get ready to receive some good news. We still use this workbook ourselves because the truths in it are timeless. Couples we have counseled found this workbook very helpful for building intimacy and we believe your relationship will greatly benefit as well.
It is time to discover the components of Intimate Anatomy.

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Couples In Bloom is a marriage discipleship ministry. Founders Loren & Kathy Falzone enjoy the privilege of sharing life-giving truth with couples who want the highly intimate marriage God intends. Married over 26 years, their relationship keeps getting better by living the truths in this workbook... and so can yours.

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