At Focus on the Family Canada, we believe God designed marriage to be a lifelong union. Yet even with mutual commitment and a shared faith, we know that no marriage – even one with strong communication and mutual fulfillment – is immune from storms and challenging seasons.

If anything, we’re still seeing the effects of three years of stress and uncertainty and isolation brought about by the pandemic. In these recent years, our in-house counsellors received so many calls from couples facing the end of their relationship, or who felt unsure how to move forward in the wake of so much hurt and pain.

That’s why I want to tell you about a wonderful marriage book by Gary Thomas called Making Your Marriage a Fortress: Strengthening Your Marriage to Withstand Life’s Storms. In this book, Thomas walks the reader through the trials of life that can threaten to rip a marriage apart and how you can fortify your marriage ahead of time.

Discover helpful and practical principles to protect your marriage from any struggle.

  • Learn to detect the warning signs of trouble and how to act on them.
  • Understand how the state of your marriage is magnified during a crisis and how to improve it.
  • Be encouraged through stories from Gary’s marriage, as well as others, to know that you and your spouse are not alone.
  • Gain spiritual insight about God’s view of marriage and how to live it out in all circumstances – for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, till death do you part.

While I can recommend this resource without hesitation, I know how beneficial it can be to talk to someone. Our registered Christian counsellors offer free, one-time phone consultations, and we also refer to local counsellors across the country. Our care team is ready to pray with you for whatever burdens are on your heart. Call us at 1.800.661.9800 or email us at [email protected]. You don’t have to face your challenges alone.


Jean-Paul Beran, MA
Focus on the Family Canada