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A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is about More Than Just Staying Together? Hardcover – October 1, 2014
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—Dr. Tim Clinton, President of the American Association of Christian Counselors
—Dr. Dennis Rainey, Host of FamilyLife Today
—Drs. Les & Leslie Parrot, authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
From the Back Cover
You believe your marriage has eternal purposes. You long for it to reach beyond your home and encourage others. But what does it look like to have a spiritually intentional relationship in the midst of dirty dishes, work deadlines, and car pools?
In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas showed us that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. Now Thomas gives us the practical tools to craft our marriages into inspiring relationships that breathe spiritual life to others.
Whatever season of marriage you are in, A Lifelong Love gives you the practical help you need to infuse your marriage with a spiritual passion that will not only change you but will change the world around you.
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Gary Thomas leads husbands and wives to develop an abiding love for one another that lasts a lifetime and transcends the marriage itself. He wrote, "Here's the question we seek to answer: How can we remake our marriages to become fruitful relationships that breathe spiritual life and that God can use to encourage others? My book Sacred Marriage gave a picture of the destination. This book is the road map of how to get there. Sacred Marriage spoke of the character God builds in us through marriage; A Lifelong Love addresses the intimacy that awaits us if we will lay hold of God's promises and spiritual provisions." (Pages 20 - 21)
Elsewhere he penned, "The goal of this book isn't just to build marriages that stick it out with gritted teeth. It's not entitled A Lifelong Marriage but A Lifelong Love for a reason. Even when we face seemingly insurmountable challenges, marriage can build within us the all-important attitude of a conqueror. And that's what we are called by God to do." (Page 131)
I found this resource to be well-grounded and very practical. Throughout the book, the author proposes questions to consider and suggestions to apply. Each chapter concludes with a section designed for readers to take its content and integrate it specifically to their situation. The chapter ending, "Building a Lifelong Love" finishes with an example prayer.
For instance, Thomas presented some application questions I personally found challenging. He wrote:
1 "Think back to your engagement day. What was your primary motivation to get married? How has believing that your primary need is to be loved assaulted your satisfaction in marriage?
2 Have you ever consciously thought about improving in the art of "living a life of love?" What two things do you think you need to begin doing to start (or continue) on that journey?
3 Think of a situation in your marriage right now where you can easily be stretched to love in a way you never have before. Will you accept the challenge, pray about your heart and actions, and grow accordingly?" (Page 253)
Any couple, whether moving toward marriage or already fully immersed in it, will gain greater understanding of the purposes in marriage by reading A Lifelong Love. Husbands and wives will also grow enjoying one another as they apply the wisdom found in this book. I highly recommend A Lifelong Love.
In this three-part text, Thomas focuses on several specific areas and then breaks down each into usable, practical ways and means to implement each principle in real life. First, readers will discover what it means to experience a magnificent obsession with God (creating a marriage that blooms through worship of God). Second, Christians will gain a better understanding of what passion to excel at a deeper kind of love looks like and how to achieve it. Finally, Christ followers will grasp the meaning of intentionally pursuing oneness in their marital relationship.
Specifically, when Thomas delves into the section on developing a magnificent obsession with God, he helps readers better understand that as they take responsibility for making their spiritual walk with God the dominant force in their lives, out of that deep worshipful relationship with their Creator, they necessarily will be equipped to love their spouse more fully. It only makes sense that those who completely surrender themselves to God’s will for their lives will be the same folks who are able to daily surrender their rights in order to sacrificially love their mate. Thomas also makes the point that no one is able to love their spouse in a way that honors Christ without His Holy Spirit’s enabling grace and strength. For those who think they can do it in their own strength, he states that they are either deceiving themselves or have no idea of how high the bar has been set.
In the second section on “Growing Together,” Thomas spends time discussing what artificial intimacy looks like and why so many couples live that way. He helps readers recognize the power shifts and how to push past them when they rear their ugly heads. He also equips men and women who are married to a spouse who simply doesn’t care anymore, and provides a real-life scenario of how one couple rescued their “love lost” marriage.
Whether a reader has been married for decades or is a newlywed, each will discover ample wisdom to begin applying in his or her marital relationship. Like all of Thomas’ books, he supplies countless true-to-life stories from his own marriage and tops off many of these with comical asides that will have readers laughing right along with the author and shaking their head in knowing agreement. Thomas most definitely holds the marriage relationship in high esteem and inspires others to the same high calling. Read this helpful text from cover to cover, and rest assured that you’ll never look at your mate in the same way again.
Reviewed by Michele Howe.