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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elewechi Ngozi Okike is an award-winning author, who has touched many lives through her inspirational writings. She is a motivational speaker, life coach, mentor, wife, mother and grandmother, who has been married for over 41 years. She is an experienced counsellor, who has spent almost four decades in the higher education sector and has supported and mentored hundreds of young adults. Her counsel and guidance have restored positive mental health to students, saved numerous marriages and provided hope in situations that many considered hopeless.
Elewechi is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. She shows love and compassion in meaningful and practical ways. This is reflected in all her writings.
Her desire to make a difference in the lives of others led to the establishment of BOOK AID FOR AFRICA, a UK registered Charity that is addressing the imbalance in educational provision in Africa.
To find out more, visit www.bookaidforafrica.com.
This book is already five years behind schedule. My intention was to publish it to commemorate our 35th wedding anniversary in 2014, but I couldn’t get round to it because of other commitments. However, the subject of marriage is one that is dear to my heart. I also know that it is dear to God’s heart, too. In 2001 I started writing a series of newsletters, titled TOGETHER FOREVER and I was surprised to see the effect it had on some couples, whose marriages were at the verge of falling apart. Some wrote to thank me for sending it to them, confirming that God had used me to save their marriage. I can only ascribe all the glory to God. And, if there was ever a time to write a book on the subject, it is now. Indeed, the institution of marriage is under serious attack, and I am hoping that this book will play a big part in salvaging some.
Do I qualify to write a book on the subject of marriage? Well, after 40 years of being married to the same man, besides 9 years of courtship, I would think I have a thing or two to say about marriage. God has used my marriage to prove to me that with Him ‘all things are possible’1. If my marriage can survive 40 years, I believe that many other struggling marriages out there can survive too. The title of this book, TOGETHER FOREVER: 15 SECRETS TO LIFELONG MARRIAGE captures the very essence of this book. There are many secrets to keeping any relationship together, and it is not possible that any single book can claim the exclusive reserve to contain all the secrets there are in a marriage. However, some very essential secrets that have worked and saved many marriages, including ours, are contained in this book.
Someone might ask, but why do we need another book on marriage, given the many already out there? I would like to think that given the ‘quick fix’ micro-wave age in which we live, people have become more visual and like to see concepts and principles presented in a rather crisp and easy to digest manner. The approach adopted in this book, based on the letters of the title of the book, will hopefully make it much easier for readers to not only engage with the book, but also to remember and retain the secrets for everyday application.
I count it a real privilege and an honour to write a book on this very important subject of marriage. God is the originator of the marriage institution. It was the first institution He established. Appropriately, therefore, this book is based on God’s original idea of bringing a man and woman together in a relationship. It is expected that people of all faiths or no faith at all should find the secrets shared in this book beneficial to their marriage. Any couple who would truly want to enjoy a lifelong relationship in their marriage will find the secrets shared in this book to be truly insightful. And, it is my hope that this book would be an invaluable resource for keeping many marriage relationships alive and together, and helping to minimise the heart aches and social ills that result from broken marriage relationships.
Elewechi Ngozi Okike