Enter the Ring



Enter the Ring takes a fresh, powerful, vulnerable approach to marriage by framing it as the fight that it is. The world uses different assaults and tactics to distract us, tempting us to walk away, in order to destroy our marriages. But there is hope: The constant forgiveness, grace, and intervention of God can preserve and protect us from not only the world but also ourselves.

D. A. and Elicia Horton explore the tension of two people becoming one and how spouses often fight over which “one of us” they become. They unpack topics such as

  • Seasons of suffering
  • Communication
  • Sexual and physical intimacy
  • The spiritual life of the home
  • Money

This book approaches the traditional topics of a marriage book with the brutal and life-giving honesty of two millennials who have fought together for their marriage. All topics are addressed through the vulnerable lens of the authors’ own struggles and mistakes.

This is a no-holds-barred, real-world . . . marriage book.



Let me just say…… I am on the ropes with this book.

Don’t get me wrong Enter the Ring  was a good book but I had a hard time relating to some of D.A. and Elicia Horton’s stories. I did find their transparency refreshing and honorable though.

Do I believe marriage should be saturated in the Gospel……ABSOLUTELY. Are our marriages always??? No.

It was good to be reminded of what a marriage that is God honoring looks like. That it isn’t perfect. It is messy. But it is also loving and forgiving.

D.A. and Elicia didn’t shy away from the ugly part about marriage. You come into a marriage as two messy people with baggage. Sifting that out and sometimes getting to the root of the problem isn’t easy.

More than anything though I loved the theme of “It is worth it.” They didn’t come right out and say that, but you could feel that through the whole book. Not Easy…..Just worth it.

I would definitively hand this book to married couples that have been married for less than 5-10 years.



  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (January 2, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 163146695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631466953


I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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