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Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage Hardcover – January 10, 2017
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Cherish is full of wisdom, practical advice, and candor on a subject so personal and sacred---how to live the marriage you want every day. Gary Thomas brings truth and reminds us of Jesus in the midst of our earthly relationships. (Jennie Allen, author of Nothing to Prove and founder of IF:GATHERING)
Many of us vowed “to love and to cherish” when we married. We hear a lot of good advice about loving our spouses, and that’s certainly important---but there’s more. Gary Thomas shows us how to put love into action through cherishing the one we love. (Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family)
Gary Thomas has given a deep understanding and application of a key biblical concept that is sure to take any married couple who applies it to the next level. A must-read for every couple who wishes to grow their relationship. (Dr. Tony Evans, president of The Urban Alternative)
Sacred Marriage has become a classic, must-read book. Now Gary Thomas has written another wonderful book, Cherish, that focuses not just on loving your spouse, but on cherishing---treasuring, honoring, holding dear with tenderness, protecting, nurturing, and wanting to showcase---your spouse. This must-read book will be a tremendous help and blessing to couples and their marriages. (Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective)
Two words come to mind every time I pick up a book by Gary Thomas: profound and practical. I often cover relationships on my radio show, and nobody articulates God’s deepest desire for our relationships quite like Gary Thomas does. He’s both convicting and encouraging, challenging and empowering. If your marriage feels dull and lackluster, read thoughtfully and prayerfully through Gary’s new book, Cherish. You’re only pages away from a new day and a new way of relating to your spouse. (Susie Larson, talk radio host, national speaker, and author of Your Powerful Prayers)
Every married person desires to love and cherish their spouse. Most of us have a sense of what it means to love well. Few of us have a vision of what it means to cherish our spouse. Gary Thomas paints a vivid picture of what it means to truly cherish another human being. This book reveals new pathways to grow a healthy, dynamic, and life-giving marriage. (Dr. Kevin G. Harney, pastor, author, and founder of Organic Outreach International.)
There is nothing more beautiful than to be in a relationship with someone who is supposed to love you . . . and they actually love you. Cherish helps bring home that sweet, happy spot in marriage. (Dr. Tim Clinton, president of American Association of Christian Counselors)
Get ready to be inspired! This book is sure to lift your marriage to a higher level---that’s what it did for us. But Gary does more than inspire. He equips. He shows us how to lovingly care for and treasure our spouse like never before. Don’t miss out on this incredibly practical message. Your marriage will never be the same. (Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts)
Gary Thomas has done it again! He has a way of shifting my marriage paradigm to shed brilliant light on what it means practically to honor God in my marriage. By bringing to life one little word, Cherish will do the same for you. (Dr. Juli Slattery, president of Authentic Intimacy)
Every couple gets married with great intentions for their marriage. Their marriage is going to be different; it’s going to be special. But many couples lose their purpose, and life gets busy, hardships come, and the marriage they have isn’t the marriage they wanted. Every couple wants to improve their marriage, but many don’t know where to start. That’s what I love about Cherish. Gary Thomas gets to the heart of marriage. Soak in his wisdom, apply these principles, and watch God transform your marriage relationship into something you cherish. (Justin Davis, pastor of Hope City Church, founder of RefineUs Ministries, and author of Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough)
I’ve always been a huge fan of Gary Thomas’s books, but Cherish is special. It shows couples how to turn disappointing marriages into delightful ones. I especially appreciated the chapter on honoring each other. As I work with couples in not just disappointing marriages but destructive ones, dishonoring is a significant issue. I’m grateful for Gary’s validation of the fact that regularly withholding cherish in one’s marriage can rise to the level of emotional abuse. (Leslie Vernick, licensed counselor, relationship coach, and author of the bestselling The Emotionally Destructive Relationship)
About the Author
Gary L.Thomas is Writer in Residence and serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas and the author of 18 books that have sold more than 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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My first exposure to Gary's writing was a result of some very difficult times. After 33 years in a marriage that had grown very cold and generally lifeless, I decided to file for a divorce thinking that I could find joy from a "better" partner. My daughter responded by giving me a copy of Gary's book "Sacred Marriage" which I quickly stowed away for another day. I decided to postpone the divorce, but my heart was certainly not in the right place. Several months later I did read "Sacred Marriage" and for the first time I began to understand what God was trying to accomplish in me through my marriage. I subsequently read the book a second time and also read his follow up book "Lifelong Love." Both of those books (and associated seminars) were extremely instrumental in renewing my marriage relationship beyond my imagination and in leading me to my subsequent Baptism. Of course, none of my growth would have been possible without the inner workings of the Holy Spirit.
One thing I have come to realize is that I had allowed myself to develop "worldly" views of marriage and of women in general. And in dealing with my addictive habits, I learned the meaning of Romans 12:2 and it's critical importance in winning the spiritual battles. And the best means to "renew my mind" is to read books that apply biblical principles to create a Godly vision of marriage and the opposite sex. I have found that all of Gary's books provide that Godly vision so that I now have a better understanding what to seek. So if you are a Christian, I believe it is critical to be reading Gary's or similar books to replace the worldly views with a clear understanding of God's intended design.
I view "Sacred Marriage" as the baseline book for understanding God's intent for marriage and "Lifelong Love" as a very powerful building block on the message of sacrificial love. After reading "Cherish," I now have a much better understanding of the "active" part of a loving relationship. Many of us promised to "love and cherish" our spouses, but I frankly had no clue what was truly involved in cherishing someone to this degree.
Regarding the layout of the book, I very much like how Gary summarizes the key points at the end of each chapter. This helps to ensure that I captured the critical messages that Gary was trying to convey. Each chapter also ends with pertinent "Questions for discussion and reflection" that we will use as "devotionals" on our date night. If there is just one thing I could recommend to other married couples, it would be to use Gary's books as a means to initiate "Godly" discussions so that both spouses grow in their relationship with God and subsequently with each other. And I find "Cherish" to be a very powerful book to that end.
When I read "Sacred Marriage," I was overwhelmed with the insight into marriage that God gave Gary Thomas. That book reiterated my personal view on the subject. Now, Gary has written the follow-up book on a God-based marriage, "Cherish," and it is changing my relationship with my wife. I know Gary has written other books on marriage besides these two great works, but they complement each other. "Sacred Marriage gives us the "why" of marriage, and now we have the "how" to make marriages go from "good to great" in "Cherish."
The stories and the insights into the everyday life of couples make this book so easy from which to learn. Though I have been married for over 30 years, I have so much more to learn and this book has given me insights into how I need to grow in my marriage.
Thank you, Gary, for the help you have given to people in their marriages.
Coming out of a hard time in my marriage this is so true...read this book! Cherishing your spouse changes your marriage!