This book is a must listen from a great writer/speaker. It's motivational and challenging. I highly recommend to singles and marrieds of any age.
Outlines a Christian plan for marriage, what it means, how to go about it, and what value it can provide.
I definitely learned things from this book and am glad I listened. As background, I am a late twenties professional living in a large city and have recently married. I grew up Presbyterian so I thought a book by a Presbyterian pastor who has a large church filled with younger people in NYC would be great for me. While the author is Presbyterian he is more conservative than most. I consider myself fairly open-minded and progressive and the author definitely said things I found a bit offensive.
His view of marriage and the bible is quite literal (not saying this is a bad thing), and he often can't go a sentence without quoting the bible. Maybe it would be different if I were reading instead of listening but I sometimes found it difficult to follow his logic since he often only says a few words before another bible quote. I also found it interesting that he quotes the bible like mad but then in one chapter when he basically summarized the entire "Five Love Languages" book by Gary Chapman he never even mentioned who the author was or that such a book existed. I have read this book as well but had I not I might have thought Rev. Keller made up the idea himself.
I realize this review sounds quite negative, but I still gave the book 4/5 stars. I think it is a worthwhile listen and if you are a more conservative Christian you will probably find it resonates very well with you. I probably won't share this book with my husband since he is not very religious.
I'm just in a serious relationship, not married yet. But I found this book to be very interesting and helpful - easy to listen to and understand. It's great to get these concepts BEFORE marriage instead of after years of unhappiness.
The male narrator was great, but I felt the female narrator was miscast. Not that she had a bad voice. It just wasn't right for this. So it was harder at times to focus on what she was saying. But as someone else pointed out, she only reads one chapter and the appendix, so it's not a big deal.
Timothy Keller with experience, eminence, and evidence presents a dynamic and beautiful portrayal of marriage which not only is realistic but also the hope it provides. He spends time looking into common cultural conceptions of marriage or cohabitation and contrasts them with the Christian view of marriage. He reflects on the cultural, historical and contextual scriptures on marriage and blends them with his life long experience in counseling couples in various stages of marriage. After listening to this book I bought it for my groomsmen and bride to be as I felt it would help us better contemplate marriage together.
The most memorable parts of the book were the personal stories. The marriage advice was okay, but getting to know the Kellers was best.
If you compare this book to Tim Keller's other books, this one is good by any standard except the one Tim Keller sets. This is a good book, but one of his weakest.
The readers did an excellent job.
I did not listen to this book in one sitting.
I would recommend this book to a friend. It is easy to understand but comprehensive and helpful.
It's a story that is enjoyable with lots of take-aways.
Tim's wife breaking the china to get his attention.
Most marry for one of three reasons: 1. Physical attraction, 2. Money / financial stability, 3. Social status - two of these can quicly change. The first will certainly change for the worse. HOWEVER, if you marry a spiritual friend - your relationship will have longevity and true satisfaction in the deepest sence.