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The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition: Meditations on the Miracle [Kindle Edition]

Mike Mason
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Meditate on the Spiritual Significance of Marriage

In the 20th Anniversary Edition of this Gold Medallion Award winner, Mike Mason goes on a poetic search to understand the wondrous dynamics of committed love. In highly readable, first-person style, Mason’s writing stimulates readers’ thoughts and prayers and propels couples to deeper intimacy. “A marriage is not a joining of two worlds,” says the author, “but an abandoning of two worlds in order that one new one might be formed.” Rich chapters on “Otherness,” “Vows,” “Intimacy,” “Sex,” “Submission,” and an all-new chapter on “Oneness” lift readers to view the eternal, spiritual nature of this faith-filled, “impossible,” wild—yet wonderful—frontier.

“An outstanding achievement. Rarely has a book aroused in me so much enthusiasm as has the combination of wisdom, depth, dignity, and glow that I find in these chapters.”
-J.I. Packer

“Absolutely exquisite. It reaches down deep into our innermost being, revealing, revitalizing, rewarding. A real classic.”
-Gigi Graham Tchividjian

“A drop everything book. Mason deals with the stunning paradoxes of the mystery, the problems, and the glories of marriage. I don’t need to read any other book on the subject.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

Story Behind the Book

"Over the twenty years since its publication, many couples have told me that they’ve read my book aloud to each other. This always amazes me and gives me great joy. I’m also amazed that many single people have read it. Either way, my goal is for hearts to be warmed by the mystery of divine love. I want couples to enter into deeper intimacy by thinking together about the mystery of marriage—about how their love, besides being a gift of God, reflects the very love He has for Himself in the Trinity. For God is not a bachelor, and throughout the Bible marriage is a supreme picture of the nature of God’s love and of His kingdom. I want people who read my book to feel so soaked in these wonderful, divine mysteries that it deepens their reverence for marriage and inspires them to greater love."  
-Mike Mason


From the Trade Paperback edition.


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About the Author

Mike Mason is the author of The Mystery of Children, The Gospel According to Job, and Practicing the Presence of People. He and his wife, Karen, an MD in general practice, live in Langley , British Columbia , and have one daughter, Heather .

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Perspective on an Ancient Institution! July 30, 2002
Format:Paperback
There are thousands of books available on how to prepare for marriage, how to improve upon a marriage, or how to affair-proof a marriage. Mason here departs from the crowd and exults in the institution of marriage itself. His perspective is one of reverent awe rather than analytical examination.
Mason ponders the mystery of marriage from several different angles: otherness, love, intimacy, vows, sex, submission and death. His words are readable, yet profound. His book considers the greatest delights of marriage as well as the greatest demands.
I recommend this volume to anyone wanting to get a better understanding of how God has created marriage, and how He manifests His glory and His grand design through it. I have read many other books on marriage, but none with this unique, awe-inspiring approach. This work is a true classic!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Well, I guess it's about time to write a review for Mystery of Marriage after reading it over and over many times since my husband and I were first dating (8 years ago) and after giving it as a wedding gift to every single bride and groom we know. This book is a masterpiece. It stands alone as the most richly woven piece of literature about the state of being married that I have ever read. Mike Mason puts eloquent, authentic words to the feelings every husband and wife experience in a manner that makes you SO glad that you're married (or about to be) EVEN IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING REAL STRUGGLE. You cannot help but be moved by his riveting description of the marriage union...both the utter agony and the sheer bliss. The book builds as the true MYSTERY of marriage unfolds before you...the very thing we all long to understand and to grasp. Once you're into this book for very long, what will really send deep shivers through your soul is the realization that this unbelievabley 'impossible' union we are trying to have with our mate is only hinting at the extraordinary marriage between our God and us. Yes, this beautiful analogy has been written of numerous times before, but trust me...not like this. I would recommend ordering at least TWO copies of this book... one to give away and one to read simultaneously with your partner.(I suggest alone, because these words are powerful and seering, and to be most effective, perhaps need to be contemplated deeply in solitude.) You will not be sorry to have invested in this book...and don't let the 'gift book' appearance turn you off...I believe it was packaged this way to encourage giving it to couples. Give it to YOURSELF first. And to God be the Glory!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Mike Mason's "The Mystery of Marriage" is an inspired and inspiring work, a breathtaking work of prose which reveals the transcendency of marriage, from the physical to the spiritual. Without preaching, Mason tells the story of his stepping away at the last moment from life in a monastery to embrace a life-consuming love in marriage. In a work which is profoundly honest and intimate, we glimpse the spiritual nature of marriage so easily lost in our chaotic world. Mason's openness, honesty and vulnerability, give us a work of incredible love which is beyond human ability to share. I am moved to tears by the love of Christ poured out on these pages.

This is a life-changing book, and I gladly give copies to friends considering marriage.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As a marriage and family therapist, I have personally recommended this book to scores of people whether already married or considering it -- even if into an intimate partnership.... the principles apply. Why is this going on? What is happening? Is this normal? This superior book answers a multitude of questions that most people do not even know enough to ask. They just know they are feeling pain, or confusion, or questions. A beautifully written, easy to read, right to the heart of it book for everyone who may even consider falling in love one day.Buy it. Read it. You will be so glad you did.Then pass it on to a friend. Ask that friend to pass it on. Everyone who has ever considered love or marriage will be transformed -- their minds renewed -- through the reading of The Mystery of Marriage by Mason.You will never view intimacy nor marriage with the same eyes again.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is more than a book outlining "10 Steps to this..." or "7 Steps to that..." As the author himself stated, this is more of a "how come" book than a "how to" book. Mike Mason paints a vivid picture of the spiritual and emotional realities that are just beneath the surface of marriage and romance. His chapter on submission alone makes the book worth purchasing by showing us that it (submission) is much more than most of us think it is. If you're looking for a way to take control by following those "10 simple rules" to make your marriage everything YOU want it to be, if you're looking for a quick fix formula that's peddled by so many relationship guru's (I certainly was when I picked up this book), than this isn't for you. If you want to build your marriage on a solid foundation of real love, one that will withstand the inevitable storms of life, than Mike Mason's "The Mystery of Marriage" is the place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An amazing, poetic theology of marriage! Absolutely beautiful and most helpful.
Published 5 days ago by Jonathan Brooks Villanueva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best book written about the vocation of Marriage.
Published 23 days ago by MK Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Joel Earl Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A great read for you and your spouse together. Personally, and just my opinion, I would save reading it when you are married. A lot easier to connect the dots that way.
Published 2 months ago by T. J. Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Deep stuff!!!
Published 2 months ago by jerome
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
cheesy title but super thought provoking! a great read.
Published 3 months ago by Ying
1.0 out of 5 stars Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of...
The book is commendable when it ponders and praises marriage. It does that well, and that material is worth reading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Ellena
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Every Christian Couple
This book is an absolute must read for engaged Christian couples especially if the couple has not arranged for counseling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Dulan
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired; A Taste of Heaven
Reading and meditating on "The Mystery of Marriage" is a taste of heaven on earth, and one to be savored many times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chesterton Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a how to book on marriage
Great book that is more of a meditation on the wonders & challenges of Gods gift of marriage. I found it both refreshing and inspirational. Read more
Published 6 months ago by F. Hard
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More About the Author

At mikemasonbooks.com you'll see my tag line: "Purveyor of Fine Sentences." I write sentences, not books. Someone once said that a writer's job is to make good sentences and the rest will take care of itself. So I try to make every sentence true and beautiful. As the sentences accumulate and start heading in a direction, books happen. (Maybe my website should be mikemasonsentences.com?)
This is not just a philosophy of writing but of life. It's moments that count, more than the grand scheme. Live great moments and the rest will sort itself out.
My first great moment happened in 1952 when I came into the world in Peterborough, Canada. By age eleven I wanted to be a writer, and although I got many things wrong in life, one thing I got right was to hang onto the writing dream and pursue it single-mindedly. After earning an M.A. in English from the University of Manitoba, I spent my twenties doing odd jobs to support my writing, from garbage-collecting to journalism to library work.
In 1982 I married Karen, a family doctor. We spent our first year of marriage studying theology at Regent College in Vancouver, and we've lived in British Columbia ever since. We have one daughter, Heather, born in 1987, who is married to Sean and pursuing a dance career in Toronto.
In nearly three decades of writing, I've published half a dozen devotional books, three collections of short stories, and a pair of children's fantasy novels, The Blue Umbrella and The Violet Flash. Currently I blog once a week and I'm working on a novel about angels.
Turning to novel-writing at age fifty has meant a radical change. In many ways I've had to learn my craft all over again and work through many fears and insecurities. The result, however, is deeply satisfying, and now with more fiction on the way I have a renewed sense of challenge and joy in my work.
All in all I enjoy a simple life filled with family and friends, books, music, and prayer.


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