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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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    Kathleen San Diego, CA, United States 06-27-12
    Kathleen San Diego, CA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent content undermined."

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeromy rantoul, IL, United States 01-24-10
    Jeromy rantoul, IL, United States 01-24-10
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    "My life has changed."

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-26-08
    Craig Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-26-08 Member Since 2000
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    "Essential reading for all marrieds!"

    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Peep 02-19-11
    Peep 02-19-11
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    "Read this alone."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Waltman 09-25-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "WOW..."

    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...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    O. Faulk Lumberton, NC 02-09-14
    O. Faulk Lumberton, NC 02-09-14

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    "Helped save our marriage"
    If you could sum up Sacred Marriage in three words, what would they be?

    Blessing from God


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the real life examples. I was encouraged to examine my marriage from a unselfish view.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the NFL player gave up one year of career time to care for his wife.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried twice. Once was during the story of the NFL player. I was moved by the content often.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Regina 07-25-09
    Regina 07-25-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great Meditative Read!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JLP TX 01-20-14
    JLP TX 01-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent Book. Annoying Reader"
    If you could sum up Sacred Marriage in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher S. Esget Alexandria, VA USA 12-03-14
    Christopher S. Esget Alexandria, VA USA 12-03-14 Member Since 2010
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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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