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Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This is no ordinary self-help book on the Christian family; it focuses far less on how to improve one's marriage than how one's marriage can improve one's Christian faith. Author Thomas even goes so far as to suggest that "God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy," an idea that may shock romantically inclined Americans. Marriage, writes Thomas, is a spiritual discipline because it forces us to confront our own selfishness and sinfulness. Daily sacrifices can teach service, while a demanding, lifelong commitment teaches perseverance. Problems arise when couples expect each other to fill roles (such as unconditional lover) that only God can play in their lives. The book is a refreshing addition to the evangelical canon; it draws not only on the extensive marital analogies found in Scripture but also on Church history and tradition. This makes for a thoughtful and challenging message that is not susceptible to the evangelical mode du jour. Thomas is honest about his own marital ups and downs. Although the book is sometimes hampered by its overwhelmingly male perspective (most of Thomas's examples are taken from men's stories), the various personal anecdotes crystallize the idea of marriage as a context for spiritual growth. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audiobook edition.
From the Back Cover
Your marriage is much more than a union between you and your spouse. It is a spiritual discipline ideally suited to help you know God more fully and intimately. Sacred Marriage shifts the focus from marital enrichment to spiritual enrichment in ways that can help you love your mate more. Whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God.
Everything about your marriage--everything from the history you and your spouse create, to the love you share, to the forgiveness you both offer and seek by turn--is filled with the capacity to help you grow in Christ's character. This six-session, small group DVD curriculum will equip you to love God more passionately, reflect the nature of his Son more precisely, and fulfill God's overarching purpose for your marriage. --This text refers to the Audible Audiobook edition.
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Gary Thomas points couples to their own personal relationship with God and helps them to view their marriage in the context of their walk towards increasing sanctification. The subtitle of this book “What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?” is what sets this book apart from many other books on marriage.
Thomas treats marriage as a vehicle toward sanctification rather than an end unto itself
We are not in our marriage to focus on self,instead the tough things we deal with, serve to make us a better person. Of course as we grow closer to God and grow is character, prayer, serving, caring, forgiving , this will have a ppositive effect on our marriage.
God is most glorified not when a marriage is pleasing to those involved, but when those involved are focused on Christ, rather than themselves or even each other.
Wow! This book packs a BIG punch. In fact, there are dozens of heavy punches that really give you a lot to ponder and contemplate. The bigger challenge is figuring out where to begin and responding with action.
My starting point (or better yet... continuing point) is to selflessly love my bride and thank God for the spiritual growth opportunities presented whenever we have our challenges.
Prior to reading this book, whenever someone in our group finds himself frustrated by the struggles and challenges in being married, we listen and always end by encouraging the complainer to "just love your wife!"
Who knew "just love your wife" was a call to holiness and not happiness? I guess Gary Thomas did... and more importantly... God!