For engaged couples and newlyweds

For a quick marriage refresher

for troubled marriages

Marriages are like nuclear reactors.

Your marriage and family will impact people who will live forever. As C.S. Lewis once put it, people are “no mere mortals.” You are both growing into everlasting horrors or infinite splendors.

The stakes are much higher than we realize, because your family is where you make and shape people who will live forever.

We start with your only hope for a Christian marriage: Jesus Christ.

I'll walk you through some of the most important principles for building or rebuilding a strong foundation so you can walk together with your spouse in the Lord.

Howdy, my name is Toby Sumpter, and you’ve stumbled on to my book.

I married my high school sweetheart, Jenny, and here's a picture to prove it.

We live together with four of the small natives in the smokestack of Idaho. And our days are filled with walks, princesses, baseball, dresses, lacrosse, dates, coffee, and antics of all sorts.

I've written some books (No Mere Mortals, Blood Bought World), blogs, and I serve as one the pastors at Christ Church, conferences, and weddings, which you can find here.

Cultivate a strong marriage with practical biblical counsel

Part One

Build your marriage on the only solid foundation, Jesus.
  • Understand the culture-changing power and blessing of a Christian marriage
  • Get your love life and spiritual priorities in the right order
  • Stay in fellowship with each other through forgiveness the way God says to forgive
  • Enjoy the different roles of a husband and wife and know why their differences are good

Part Two

Think clearly about the topics of headship and submission.
  • Learn about every Christian’s duty of submission in the Lord
  • Identify your wife’s specific responsibility of glorious submission to her husband
  • Identify your husband’s specific responsibility of headship over his wife and the family
  • Assume a husband's biblically-defined role to love and cherish his wife, and to go into the fire first

Part Three

“Fix” your marriage through obedience to the Word
  • Leave room for God to work for your good by refusing to manipulate your spouse
  • Win your husband over to you, when he’s off track, exactly the way God wants you to win
  • Give strength and honor to your wife in her need and weakness
  • Know how a husband ought to really understand and live and sleep with his wife

Part Four

Get answers to hard questions
  • What about babies, birth control, and barrenness?
  • How far is too far when you're dating, engaged, or stuck watching porn while married?
  • How compatible should you be on big issues like Scripture, childbearing, education, finances, and more?
  • What’s the point of a wedding and a reception?

Looking for gifts for young couples?

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Get the NMM Couple’s Bundle so they can work through the suggested premarital counseling 9-week schedule together.

It includes space to write answers to the discussion questions, key takeaways, highlights, Study the Word questions, and a written activity for each chapter.

The stakes are much higher than we realize, because your family is where you make and shape people who will live forever.

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Absolutely loved it. Will recommend & buy as wedding shower gifts.

Summer Jaeger

This may become my default go-to for pre-marital counseling. Sumpter nails it: theologically thorough, strait-forwardly practical, and thoroughly counter-cultural (and unembarrassed about it). It’s very user-friendly (every chapter addresses men and women, for example, even chapters written predominantly to one and not the other), and I commend it highly.

Samuel Parkison

Fantastic. I’m grateful for pastors, like Toby Sumpter, who take the task to write for both men and women in a direct, Biblical, and punchy way. With no fear of offending the feminist agenda or soft complementarianism. This is a great read.

Becky Pliego

Straight fire, no filler. Every page edified, and every chapter challenged any preconceived notions of marriage I held that needed revision. Definitely a keeper, and one that I will recommend to anyone seeking a helpful resource on marriage.

Lukas Mason

Not your everyday marriage book. Sumpter pulls no punches and gives you straight Gospel truths and pushes it to all of the corners. As the book progresses, it becomes more profitable for those dating or engaged, but I still found tremendous profit from it. I could see this book being a trusted source in premarital counseling in the future. Highly recommend for married and soon-to-be married couples!  

Matthew Groen