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Loving Your Wife as Christ Loves the Church Paperback – February 12, 2009
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I don't make that statement lightly. There are many books on marriage, some good, some not so good. Some are heavy on philosophy & theology, some on psychology, some on practical advice. Some are slanted toward newlyweds while others focus on troubled marriages. Some are thoroughly Biblical while many give the Bible only lip service even though they are marketed as Christian.
Loving Your Wife as Christ Loves the Church, however, is truly in a class by itself among the marriage books that I have read. It is:
Bible based: It's not self-help pop psychology with Bible verses to back it up: every chapter, every point comes from a strictly Biblical foundation from the ground up. Frankly, a non-Christian wouldn't understand this book at all, and frankly, that's the mark of a thoroughly Biblical book.
Christ focused: this book takes seriously the truth that God designed the role of a husband to his wife to be a unique representation of Christ, and that EVERYTHING that a husband thinks, says, or does in relation to his wife has to be based on that truth. Every single teaching on every single page is rooted & grounded in the character of Christ. Wow.
Pastoral: This is a pastoral book. By that I mean you see this man's heart as a pastor, a shepherd. He sits you down as a friend & mentor, as Paul would to Timothy, & speaks in both truth & love. His words are straightforward & easy to grasp, but targeted to one end: helping you become a husband that is a reflection of Christ.
Honest: This book doesn't pretend that marriage is easy if you just follow these five simple steps. He's honest about the difficulties & shares some of his own failures as a husband.Read more ›
I want to make sure that if God blesses me with marrying this wonderful lady that I don't make some of the same mistakes I made the first time. My marriage was very good, it lasted 51 years, but I know I could have done a lot of things different and this time that's what I want.
The book is excellent for both married men or men like me that are thinking about getting married. It is so much better to know what to do correctly ahead of time than to find out what you should have done after the fact.
I am giving this book to friends of mine that are married to read. I have given it to my pastor for read also. I think it would be a great study group subject for all married men.
Loving Your Wife takes Ephesians 5:25 and unpacks it in such a way that men come to know a full understanding of Paul's exhortation. McCall challenges husbands to love their wives in very practical terms, and his pastor's heart comes out at the end of every chapter as he provides questions to consider and action steps to apply. His appendices further this practicality as he offers insight for men who may be married to an unconverted wife, living in a difficult marriage or those who might want to begin an accountability group.
Loving Your Wife was easy to read and yet challenged my thinking concerning my own marriage. I found myself reflecting, and wincing from time to time, as I finished each chapter. I enjoyed the manner in which Larry McCall probed nuances of the biblical text, and in the process stayed true to it's intended meaning. I envision this book being used by men's groups, young married classes, as a counseling resource and other varied ways in & out of the church.
I recommend this book unreservedly!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I believe this book is a must read for any man that truly wants to know what it means to love their wives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is an eye opening book for those who truly want to Love their wives better. I recommend it to EVERY husband.Published 7 months ago by Sean D
Yup, it's the husband's fault. God ordained that the husband is the pastor of his mini church - his wife and maybe his family. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Yardley Hank
Great book for husbands whether you've just come to know Christ or have been walking with Him for awhile. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A Cravens
By far the best book I have ever seen or read with regard to how to biblically love your wife. A must have for any man who wasn't raised by a godly father. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Schwartz
It was a really practical and biblical grounded read. Recommend for any husband struggling to understand God's plan for them in their marriage.Published 19 months ago by Steve Anson