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Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage Paperback – Special Edition, January 10, 2017
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Gary Thomas is a writer-in-residence who also serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and the author of eighteen books, including the bestselling Sacred Marriage, 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 thirty 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.
If you have read Sacred Marriage, Cherish is the complementary bookend of a glorious God-infused marriage. Sacred Marriage depicts the sometimes seemingly difficult realities of building and maintaining a God-centered marriage. It is the love of 1 Corinthians 13 expounded. Cherish calls us from the work of marriage to the sweet delights of marriage. It is the exclusive oneness and belonging of Song of Solomon.
One of the beautiful analogies Gary portrays is that of creation week where there was only one man and one woman. There was no one else to compare to or choose from. Only Adam and Eve. Each was the definition of husband/man or wife/woman for the other. Gary challenges, “To make our spouses feel cherished, and for our own happiness and satisfaction, we must view each other as Adam and Eve, the only man or woman in the world.” In today’s sexually saturated society, who doesn’t want to love and be cherished as the only woman or man in the world by one’s spouse? Who doesn’t want to confidently know that there is no one else that could ever capture your spouse’s eye or heart? This is the beauty of cherishing and being cherished.
If you want to take your marriage from good to great, from surviving to thriving, from companionate to passionate, then Cherish is a must read! Your life and marriage will never be the same!
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This book was beautiful and convicting and instructive and thought-provoking. It came at a time in my marriage when I needed to show I cherished my husband and...Read more