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What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?

By popular demand, the author of Sacred Marriage returns to the topic of how God uses marriage to expand our souls and make us holy. With all new material, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage explores how God can reveal himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to him as well as to your spouse.

Fifty-two devotions encourage you to build your marriage around God’s priorities. From learning to live with a fellow sinner, to the process of two becoming one, to sharing our lives as brothers and sisters in Christ, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage challenges couples to embrace the profound and soul-stretching reality of Christian marriage.

About the Author

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

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310255953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310255956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships. Gary's unique message will help you:

* Embrace the unique way that you interact with God.
* Partner in the spiritual growth and character formation of your spouse.
* Build a closer, grace-based family.
* Enjoy God with a new sense of freedom and delight.

Find out more at: www.GaryThomas.com

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By C. Miner on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I heard the author speak at our church (he was great) and picked up the devotional when we were there. We like it so much that I now order a copy to give as a gift every time I am invited to a bridal shower or wedding. This book focuses on God's word and gives couples a new way of looking at marriage. As the book says, we need to think about marriage not as a way to make ourselves happy, but as a way to grow closer to God as we love our spouses through the covenant of marriage.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Watters on July 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Reading this devotional, I don't know which improved more--the depth of my marriage or the depth of my walk with God. Plowing through the dailiness of maintaining marital vows, I was reminded that our commitments at home (reinforced in Devotions for Sacred Parenting as well) are the venue for some of God's best refining work in our lives. The entries are a perfect length for a weekly devotional--although I often felt compelled to read ahead because of the quality of the original material the author produced for this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on April 16, 2011
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I am a big fan of Gary Thomas' books, and I especially appreciated his "Sacred Marriage," which I consider the most foundational Christian marriage book (among many) that I've read. When I discovered this "Devotions for a Sacred Marriage," I was intrigued to see what Thomas might offer. Much to my delight, this collection is not simply a repackaging of the same material from "Sacred Marriage." Instead, this devotional contains all new material, though certainly aligned with the primary themes from "Sacred Marriage." Rather than recycling old content as a marketing tool to capitalize on a previously successful book, the devotions are fresh and actually further develop his initial ideas. And having already embraced the themes of "Sacred Marriage," I found Thomas' further ruminations to be similarly challenging and stimulating for thought and conversation.

My primary critique of the book is our inability to establish any sort of rhythm in reading through it. In contrast to most devotional books with their daily entries, there is only one devotion per week (and more substantial in nature than daily devotionals, too), intending to increase the likelihood that a couple might actually find the time to do it. And though I appreciate this idea in theory, we found in practice that we were never able to develop a weekly habit of reading this devotional together, since it wasn't regular enough to become a habit. So, it actually took us three or four years to make our way through this book, rather than one year as it was intended. Though I still appreciated what we read, any sense of continuity or momentum was lost in reading it so sparingly over the years.

Our lack of regularity notwithstanding, I still thought that "Devotions for a Sacred Marriage" was helpful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Leverett on November 30, 2010
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Even after reading the good reviews, I am still surprised how impressed I am with this devotional!! So far, it is very challenging. The author doesn't mince words, he gives it to you straight and his writing is not wishy washy, not your typical marriage book. The first few devotions set a good pace for the entire book. Very convicting. Only one devotion per week is great for this book because it gives time to mull over and contemplate the teachings, while putting them into practice. Don't wait to read this. If your spouse isn't interested in reading it with you, read it without them. It will open your eyes.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sailorboy on August 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I have had Marriage Problems, and after reading "Sacred Influence" by the same Author, we now read this Devotional book every day, and are getting a lot of help with our Relationship for our ongoing happiness.
Both my wife and I highly recommend it to other couples!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Ray Ray on July 22, 2006
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My wife and I love this devotional. Gary Thomas has put together a collection of illustrations that reinforce biblical values in marriage. It has been a great conversation starter for us every Saturday morning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Derek on February 5, 2013
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If you're only going to read one of his books, read Sacred Marriage. It's really good, and better than this book, I think, because it goes more in-depth. If you've already read that one, this is a good supplement, with good new content.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Patterson on December 12, 2007
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This book is a great way to spend some time together with your spouse to develop a more God-centered marriage. It has brought new perspectives and views on issues that we wouldn't know otherwise (on our own). Definetly would recomend as a couple's activity. The devotions are short and sweet, perfect for a once-a-week study.
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