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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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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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    "A Must Read As A Spouse&Even As An Fiancee',"

    I Enjoyed this book! It gives tools & details of how to have a good marriage & if one already has a good marriage this book will enhance one's marriage & individuality.

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    "EXCELLENT! Blew me away!!!!"

    Fascinating.... I never looked at marriage this way. If we all did there would be fewer divorces. Should be required reading for couples!

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    Jennifer 07-08-15
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    I loved this book. I have recommended it to everyone! I will be re-reading this one myself.

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    Gloria 06-16-15
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    "Eye opening"

    Powerful outlook on being of service in our marriages. He walks you through how this will strengthen your intimate relationship with God.

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    Tiffany 06-15-15
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    "Excellent advice"

    Will be listening again and again and buying the print version so I can highlight important things to remember to do and journal in the book. Pretty high standards to uphold, but if you don't try to reach those then you're just lowering your standards and what kind of life and attitude is that?!

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    Chad 06-06-15
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    J'celle 05-31-15
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    "Excellent book on marriage"

    The book was very practical and inspiring. It was also very raw and real. I loved it. Probably the best book I've read on marriage thus far.

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    Alecia Beriswill College Station, TX 05-08-15
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    "Much Needed Advice"

    The information provided is very helpful for thinking about your marriage. It is definitely a book that needs to be listened to more than once to remind yourself about the stuff you keep forgetting to do for your spouse.

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    Matthew Jay 04-27-15
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    "Gary Thomas is a blessing,"

    I only wish I had heard this 16 year's ago. Very insightful, I will revisit this yearly.

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    "Best marriage book I've read!"

    Loved this book! Highly recommend to all married couple or those thinking about getting married.

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