- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: BMH Books (February 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 088469304X
- ISBN-13: 978-0884693048
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
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Larry McCall has been a pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church in Warsaw/Winona Lake, Ind. since 1981. He earned a bachelors’ degree in New Testament Greek (cum laude) and a master of divinity degree from Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary. In 1993, McCall received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.
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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. Not many books would dare say, "It is often harder to live for your wife than it would be to die for her. It involves dying daily... a readiness to lay down everything he holds dear to care for her."
Change-Oriented: This book both challenges the reader to change with its in-your-face truth and with specific action steps at the end of each chapter. If you don't change as a husband by the end of the book it is only because you have decided to reject the truth presented in it.
Designed for Group Study: The author specifically recommends to go through the book with a group of other men, & there are discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
If you are a husband, buy this book. It will challenge you to become a better reflection of Christ to your wife & to the world. Whether you have a marriage that is the envy of your friends or you are one step away from divorce, this book is for you. If you are a wife, buy this book and then put your husband's best friend in a head lock until he agrees to give it to him to read (it wouldn't be very submissive to put your husband in a head lock until he buys it). Bottom line: buy this book.
I would definitely recommend this book to those beginning marriage or those who have hit a rough patch and need the Spirit to revitalize your marriage. Men, if your wife isn't first in your life (behind Jesus), then this book will help prioritize what is most important...it did me.
Likely the vast majority of today's marriages and families are broken down because the husband has not stepped up to his responsibility.
Read this book to finally understand your role and responsibility. Find out what maratisl intimacy in God's world is all about and how satisfying it can become.
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.