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Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be Paperback – August 31, 2016
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“Ash’s book is one I use for premarital counseling. Concise, thoughtful, intelligent, biblical, and full of that increasingly rare commodity―common sense. I heartily recommend it as a book to read and also as a basis for framing and informing pastoral discussions with Christian couples who are looking toward marriage and want a realistic but encouraging picture of what to expect. A great book.”
―Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College
“In a world debating the value and purpose of marriage comes this little book called Married for God. It is a wonderful introduction to the purpose and function of marriage and intimacy. This book is perfect for couples contemplating marriage, and it is a good reminder to those already committed to marriage of why God designed it for our flourishing.”
―Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Engaged couples would benefit from carefully reading this book. The way Ash applies the Bible is pithy, practical, and wise.”
―Andy Naselli, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament, Bethlehem College & Seminary
“When I first married, I wanted to read all the ‘how-to’ books on marriage. And there are plenty out there. If you’re thinking about getting married, just married, or need to remember the ‘why’ of marriage, pick up this excellent resource.”
―Christina Fox, Women’s Ministry Advisor, Presbyterian Churches of America; retreat speaker; author, A Heart Set Free; Closer Than a Sister; and Idols of a Mother’s Heart
“In Married for God, Christopher Ash provides a biblical foundation for a God-centered understanding of marriage that will help to correct weak and idolatrous perspectives and lead to honoring God and edifying his people. He offers biblical commentary and theological conclusions with real-life vignettes for seamless application. Among the many books on marriage, this one gets to the point with clarity and robust theological insight.”
―Erik and Donna Thoennes, Professor of Theology, Biola University; Pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada, California; and his wife, Adjunct Professor, Biola University
“These days, stated goals concerning the essence of marriage are endless―and endlessly contradictory. Where to begin? With God, says Christopher Ash. Without this focus, things like good communication skills and agreement over finances―however important they may be―are not strong enough goods in themselves to overcome the void of not having God at the center. Just as we exist for him individually, so too do our marriages. I’m very thankful for this little book. I have consumed it deeply and will disseminate it widely.”
―Rob Lister, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology
“Christopher Ash elevates marriage to a level far beyond what a husband and a wife bring to and receive from each other. Above all, marriage is a partnership in the service of the Lord. Such a Christward focus causes husbands and wives to soar together for God’s glory and for their own enormous satisfaction. Married for God is a profound and practical book, an important read for everyone whose life is blessed to be touched by marriage.”
―Tim Savage, Former Senior Pastor, Camelback Bible Church; author, No Ordinary Marriage
“Christopher Ash’s Married for God commends an inviting, practical, and pastoral vision of biblical marriage. His clarity on the beauty and purpose of God’s design for marriage is both crucial for our day and deeply refreshing. He offers inspiration for newly married couples and a recalibration for those who have been married longer. His sensitivity to those who are single and long to be married and to those struggling with infertility makes the breadth of this book a resource of kindhearted care for most Christian adults. We gladly recommend this wise and winsome book and pray that many will be helped in catching the vision God has designed marriage to be.”
―Bruce and Jodi Ware, Professor of Christian Theology; and his wife, Instructor in the Seminary Wives Institute, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
About the Author
Christopher Ash is writer-in-residence at Tyndale House in Cambridge and a full-time preacher, speaker, and writer. He previously served as the director of the Proclamation Trust’s Cornhill Training Course and as a minister and church planter. He and his wife, Carolyn, are members of St. Andrew the Great Church in Cambridge, and have four children and seven grandchildren.
, Former Director of the PT Cornhill Training Course, The Proclamation Trust; Writer in Residence, Tyndale House; author, The Priority of Preaching
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781433550782
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433550782
- Publisher : Crossway (August 31, 2016)
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.46 x 8.5 inches
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1433550784
- Best Sellers Rank: #124,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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According to the Further Reading section, this book seems to be a condensed, possibly lay, version of Marriage: Sex in the Service of God. And the title of Ash's other work drives the main point of this book. The book's main premise and introduction is that God is at the center of marriage (i.e., not romance or the marriage itself). Chapter 2 states that marriage has 3 purposes: children, sex and order, explained in chapters 3, 4 and 6 respectively. There is a chapter for people who may have baggage from previous relationships (God has grace for you) and another for singles. The book ends with recognizing that marriage is about faithfulness and concludes that it points to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Being condensed, I found the book a fairly quick read but the information he provides is helpful and good to consider so consider: Is God the point of my marriage or do I merely see God as one who provides for my marriage?
I am going to recommend this book to as many people as I can.
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Sex is sex in the service of God when it is fruitful. God's plan for sex was for "pro-creating (creating on his behalf) potential gardeners to join his team." While discussing this, Ash spends some time speaking to those who are unable to have children as this is one of the most painful things anyone can experience. But this pastoral sensitivity does not prevent him from being clear about the fruitful intent of sex in the service of God.
Ash is also very clear about how marriage requires faithfulness, and how sacrificial love (or the marriage institution) is good gift of grace. "Sex within marriage is sex under grace, with nothing to prove. A married couple may `do well' or `do badly' at sex, and cheerfully laugh about it knowing that their relationship is not threatened when they do badly... On the other hand, sex outside marriage is always sex `under law'...always anxious lest at any time the other may decide there is not enough in it for them."
Ash has written a book that should be of help to many people. It will help couples considering marriage, and if its message is taken to heart it should help keep together many marriages that seem to be heading for the precipice. Marriage is certainly not the only way in which to serve God, but in order to be fruitfully, faithfully and sacrificially married, marriage should be for God.