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Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy Paperback – February 4, 2002
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From the Back Cover
Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply.
Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if Gods primary intent for your marriage isnt to make you happy . . . but holy? And what if your relationship isnt as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?
Everything about your marriage--everything--is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christs character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of lovemaking; the history you and your spouse build with one another--in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of Gods overarching purpose.
This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ.
About the Author
Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence (and serves on the teaching team) at Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas and author of 18 books that have sold over 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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As a marriage counselor, seminary professor, and writer of books on the spiritual life, I find far too many Christian books on marriage shallow, surface, and simple. Their solution-focused answers to self-centered questions often do more harm than good as they create more self-sufficient, self-centered sinners.
"Sacred Marriage" does a 180, putting the sacredness back in marriage. God intended marital love to mirror the love relationship between Christ and the Church. Further, God intends our marriages to be a spiritual discipline of spiritual friendship encouraging one another toward communion with Christ and conformity to Christ.
In the able hands and from the artful pen of Thomas, couples learn the most fulfilling message about marriage--together you have the capacity for sacredness, for a God-honoring, other-empowering, self-sacrificing purpose that brings joy now and impact forever.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
He is a very self-reflective gent who applies his own life, education, & marriage to develop, describe, & analyze the different areas of living in marriage and as it has import on our spirituality. He uses other case studies & statistics as well. I was initially attracted to the book by the title. So much of today's writing on marriage or even on self, seems devoted to being just jolly happy at every turn. This seemed to meet real life with a desire for serving God (in whatever religion) in the on-going process of building a REAL marriage relationship that weathers the stormy sea of living or the dead calm of the mundane, but not to be martyrs.
I gave it 4 stars because I did find myself feeling like it became a little repetitive; I had to leave it alone & read another book for a couple of days, but overall, I think it is a worthwhile read for anyone who wants to truly have his/her life count as having followed God & made that path through marriage.
This book was perfect and was everything I needed. It's main point, which is on the cover, talks about our marriage was never designed to make us happy. It was designed to practice forgiveness and unconditional love, the same forgiveness and unconditional love that God gives us.
I read this book over a year ago, and I am still sharing the tips I learned from this book with family and friends. Writing this review is making want to go back and read the book again.