Sacred Marriage invites you to view your marriage in a new and different light - as a spiritual discipline, a means whereby you can come to know God more fully and intimately. Gary Thomas writes, "The ultimate purpose of this book is not to make you love your spouse more - although I think that will happen along the way. It's to equip you to love your God more and to help you reflect the character of his Son more precisely."
Historically, the "deeper walk" has been considered the province of the celibate, of saints and ascetics, monks and nuns. But the Bible, in depicting God's passionate, holy relationship with his people, is filled with images of the bridegroom and the bride and of a husband with his wife. Everything about your marriage - everything - is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christ's character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of love-making; the history you and your mate build with one another - in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God's overarching purpose.
Sacred Marriage 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.
©2000 Gary Thomas; (P)2008 Zondervan
First marriage book my wife and I have read separately. We normally read marriage books together and point fingers at one another in the process ("This section is for you" *as we point to our spouse) This book is different it's about you and your connection with Christ and how marriage can help you form a stronger bond with your wife and the Lord.
Sometimes a man has to get everything taken away before he wakes up. This book has really opened my eyes to my purpose in marriage.
I am so glad that I found it when I did. Please don't be slow like me and wait until your spouse is on the edge of leaving before you read it.
An interesting, encouraging and refreshing read as I approach 20 years of marriage. Fascinating perspective. Good examples and stories. I have recommended to a number of my friends and colleagues. A worthy approach even for non-Christians.
Blessing from God
I enjoyed the real life examples. I was encouraged to examine my marriage from a unselfish view.
When the NFL player gave up one year of career time to care for his wife.
I cried twice. Once was during the story of the NFL player. I was moved by the content often.
I would love to shake the author's hand. My husband and I were impacted by the intent. Our marriage is strong and this book had a great influence on this.
I was excited to read this book. I am impressed with Gary Thomas's insight into the institution of marriage. I have been waiting for someone to say these important things and put marriage in the correct spiritual framework .Although, he does concentrate his advice from the male perspective and does not deal with the contributing female dysfunctional element in marriage to the same degree as he develops the male counterpart.
However, I wonder why good writers often opt to read their own books. Its almost always a mistake. I understand that they feel passionate about what they wrote and want to make sure that passion is communicated through the reading. What they don't get, is that narrators are trained and skilled artists with gifts different from a writer. I was so annoyed by the poor recording conditions (way too much hall in the sound) and by the swallowing and saliva management mannerisms of Gary Thomas. The content demands an intimate voice with authority and compassion. Mr. Thomas's voice is strident and it feels as if he is shouting across a canyon at us.
I am writing a review because I admire him so much as a writer with meaningful spiritual insight. His material is great, but his delivery of it in this recording is certainly not up to the quality of its substanative content....a pity.
This should be required material before anyone gets married. I cannot believe how it has changed my perspective. When you don't know what to do in your relationship, get this book. It will show you why God built us to need a companion and how to truly make it work...
Be prepared to change the way you view living with your spouse. This book will challenge your true motives and intentions for being married, and your standard of living before God. I am thankful to God for Gary Thomas' obedience in writing this book. Our marriage "before God" is better than ever!
This is an excellent book. I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone who is married or about to get married. Why? Because it moves beyond "you" and goes much deeper. You will learn HOW to love another person and draw closer to God in the process.
My only complaint is the reader's voice. I just find it annoying. I hope that doesn't hurt anyone's feelings. Not everyone has a voice for radio.
I probably would not do another book from Gary Thomas.
The content was well-intentioned but really hard to get through. My husband and I listened to this book together since we were studying it with other couples in our Life Group. We have a great marriage and we were hoping to get a few nuggets to make our marriage even better. Instead, we just felt tired and confused after each chapter.
No we have not.
We were disappointed in that we were hoping for a book that would give us real tools to strengthen our already good marriage. Instead, it seemed that the author was making really "out there" connections like - if your prayer life isn't good, your sex life won't be good. We haven't experienced that in our marriage. Just hard to grasp and agree with some of his conceptions.
We did like that the author read the book, so we could get the full intent and meaning of what he was writing...we actually didn't finish the book. Felt like walking through molasses.
Mr. Thomas presents a wonderful portrait of what a marriage with a love for Christ at its center can be and achieve. By using marriage to strengthen our relationship with God Mr. Thomas gives every married couple a blueprint to a fulfilling life in Christ.
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