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Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? | [Gary Thomas]

Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

What if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy...but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy...but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?

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

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    William Tompkins 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Long overdue truth"

    I'm grateful that someone had the courage to speak the truth about our relationship with Christ in our relationship with our spouse.

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    K. Owen Dallas, TX 02-02-15
    K. Owen Dallas, TX 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to get through..."
    Would you try another book from Gary Thomas and/or Gary Thomas?

    I probably would not do another book from Gary Thomas.


    What could Gary Thomas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Gary Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No we have not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GroundFlow Inc 01-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Eye opening"

    I have new eyes with to see my outlook on marriage. I absolutely enjoyed reading learning from this book and author.

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    Christopher S. Esget Alexandria, VA USA 12-03-14
    Christopher S. Esget Alexandria, VA USA 12-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good theology of marriage"
    What did you like best about Sacred Marriage? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend Sacred Marriage to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have recommended it to many people, because the central thesis is important to the success of a marriage.


    What three words best describe Gary Thomas’s performance?

    Whiny, preachy, girlish.


    Could you see Sacred Marriage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked the book better had I read it instead of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Sanders Goldsboro, NC USA 12-02-14
    Luke Sanders Goldsboro, NC USA 12-02-14 Member Since 2013

    A man with a love of books. I love science fiction, complex plots, and characters that make you think.

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    "Excellent Exposition of God's Plan for Marriage"
    If you could sum up Sacred Marriage in three words, what would they be?

    It's not about you.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. Dery Atlanta GA 03-18-13
    W. Dery Atlanta GA 03-18-13
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    "Good starting point"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Feels geared a little more towards men than women.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gary Thomas? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Do you think Sacred Marriage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ludo Grottaferrata, Italy 02-26-13
    ludo Grottaferrata, Italy 02-26-13
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    "Sublime writing, amazing performance!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-06-12
    John Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Book!!"
    What did you love best about Sacred Marriage?

    The content is really good. It presents a whole new perspective on pursuing God as a couple instead of on parallel paths.


    What does Gary Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an excellent reader and truly a pleasure to listen to as a couple.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kira 04-24-12
    Kira 04-24-12

    A brand new wife, two kitten children, and a whole lot of thoughts.

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    "Marriage as God Intended"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bob Linden, NC, United States 02-21-12
    bob Linden, NC, United States 02-21-12
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    "Great outlook"
    What did you love best about Sacred Marriage?

    Not your typical how to book on marriage. It is definitely a different outlook and approach to marriage that seems right.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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