A man with a love of books. I love science fiction, complex plots, and characters that make you think.
It's not about you.
If you want a renewed spiritual focus on your marriage, how God designed it to work, and why you should be married in the first place, give this book a try. An enlightening look at marriage through the lens of the Bible.
Feels geared a little more towards men than women.
The book feels a little disconnected to me. Some points really struck home (the better spouse I want is the one I need to be) Overall a good read. We used book for a Womens Bible Study and it is a little too light for a study.
I have known Gary Thomas for his great book "Every Body Matters", that I highly suggest as well, but I had never the chance to hear his voice.
He is an amazing writer, his books contains so many insights, they make me a better person helping me digging deeply in my relationship with God. I highly recommend this book and the audio recording.
The content is really good. It presents a whole new perspective on pursuing God as a couple instead of on parallel paths.
He is an excellent reader and truly a pleasure to listen to as a couple.
A brand new wife, two kitten children, and a whole lot of thoughts.
I listened a chapter of this book each day on the way to and from work. Gary Thomas is interesting and easy to follow. His book isn't full of happy fluff, but rather a practical examination of God's real intention for marriage. He asks us to fulfill our unique rolls in marriage without expectation, as God intended.
Not your typical how to book on marriage. It is definitely a different outlook and approach to marriage that seems right.
Many help and insitive issues addressed in this book. Would recommend all married couples to read whether your marriage is in trouble or if you are still in a state of bliss.
Worth your time - a useful perspective on marriage as an institutition designed by God for us.
A great message. All couples would be better off embarking on marriage and procreation with these concepts in mind. We are all responsible for our own happiness ultimately. Couples fall into the trap of expecting their partners to make them happy, and if they are not happy, then they blame the partner - which gets you nowhere. The author's references to his own wife were patronising. He says that through grace he has learned to honour her, but his anecdotes suggest otherwise (despite his own exhortation to hold contempt in contempt, it seeps through). There is definitely a flavour of "I am the creative breadwinner with serious responsibilities. She is flakey, emotional and just a housewife. But because I am enlightened, I have learned to honour her". It's about how great he is, not about how great she is which, if I was his wife, I would want to hear or get the flavour of. This may be a bit harsh but just because you profess to respect does not mean that you do actually respect someone.
The references to the Bible were interesting but the promises of rewards in the afterlife were unnecessary and offputting. I would've expected the rewards in the current life to offer sufficient motivation to adopt the key lessons.