Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy
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Gary Thomas is Writer in Residence (and serves on the teaching team) at Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas and author of 18 books that have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into a dozen languages. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 30 years
Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if Gods primary intent for your marriage isnt to make you happy . . . but holy? And what if your relationship isnt as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?
Everything about your marriage--everything--is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christs character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of lovemaking; the history you and your spouse build with one another--in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of Gods overarching purpose.
This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ.
BrenVancouver, WAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What if God designed marriage to make us Holy?? Great question!August 25, 2015BrenVancouver, WAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Was recommended by our counselor. It's been healthy for both of us. We bought two of these so that we could each read in our own time on the same days. It's been fun to do the questions together. It's been money well spent. We'll pass them on to friends. God is good!
ccwhinin5 Stars Out Of 5Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us HappyJuly 26, 2015ccwhininQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A great book if you really want to strengthen your marriage. Also recommend the partner devotional book. Prepare to do some hard work, but enjoy the outcome.
MrsP5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent StudyNovember 28, 2014MrsPQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Our small women's bible study used this book and were so happy with it we completed the DVD/workbook study portion with our husbands. I would highly recommend this book for any couple at any stage, as it has valuable information and techniques regardless of the stage of marriage. However, it would be particularly helpful to those in a engagement/premarital place; I really wish I had seen/read through something like this BEFORE my husband and I married. It would certainly have spared us some tears and heartache! I cannot recommend this book enough!
jackdn0075 Stars Out Of 5May cause horripilation, humiliation, and celebration...in that orderNovember 13, 2014jackdn007Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The main thesis of the book is that marriage is designed to make us more like Jesus. The result of "Jesusness" is more important than happiness. The process of identifying and killing our own selfishness and pride is a very gruesome and painful journey. This is most amplified in marriage. However, the end result is far more loving, joyful, and peaceful than an alternative self-centered path. The labor involved through marriage can count for something so amazing that the most tired spouses will still sing praises to the joy of marriage.
Donna Fuentes5 Stars Out Of 5the bestNovember 1, 2014Donna FuentesMy favorite book on marriage
Q: What about divorce? I appreciate the comments on how this book may strengthen marriages and how people should read this before they marry, but what about those who are contemplating divorce? Will this book help those who are struggling with extremely challenging marriages? I'm looking for something to help a marriage support group at our church. Thank you for any insight.
This book does contain chapters that deal with perseverance, embracing difficulty for character building, and forgiveness which are important for struggling marriages.