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
The perspective of the purpose of marriage by Gary Thomas is a deeper revelation of the "great commandment" and the "new commandment Jesus gave in Matthew 22:37-39 and John 13:34.
This book helped me get a new and improved perspective on my marriage. Instead of getting a bunch of pointers that only gloss the surface, the author goes deep into the fundamental purpose of marriage. As others have said, this book focuses a majority of the time on the husband's perspective but the underlying themes apply to everyone.
I can't put into words an accurate description of the author's unpleasant reading voice. Buy the print version if you can or consider yourself warned. The other reviewers were right. The author should've paid someone to read the book. It gets especially bad in the last chapter so much that it took me a week to finish that part alone.
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.
The concept of marriage designed to make us holy is vital to a right understanding of how marriage shapes us.I disliked the author's obsession with his own story. A few anecdotes would be fine, but hearing endlessly about him and Lisa was off-putting.
I have recommended it to many people, because the central thesis is important to the success of a marriage.
Whiny, preachy, girlish.
I would have liked the book better had I read it instead of listening.
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.
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