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The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God | [Timothy Keller]

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

Few subjects are as compelling-or as endlessly variable-as love and marriage. The Bible is filled with references to husbands and wives, from the story of Adam and Eve to advice in the New Testament, each open to interpretation. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call.
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Based on his most popular sermon series, New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller delivers an extraordinarily insightful look at the keys to happiness in marriage.

Few subjects are as compelling-or as endlessly variable-as love and marriage. The Bible is filled with references to husbands and wives, from the story of Adam and Eve to advice in the New Testament, each open to interpretation.

In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call. He talks in frank terms about the difficulties that couples have and how they can best work them out while keeping their faith in God intact.

The Meaning of Marriage showcases Keller's vast understanding of the Bible and how it can not only be relevant to relationships today but also form the foundation of a modern, healthy, loving, and long- lasting marriage.

©2011 Timothy Keller (P)2011 Penguin

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    Calvin GREENWOOD, SC, United States 02-26-14
    Calvin GREENWOOD, SC, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, really good advice and stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Meaning of Marriage?

    Talking about being the head of the house and the role sex plays in marriage.


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James and Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Lloyd James


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    Eric MOUNT PLEASANT, SC, United States 01-05-14
    Eric MOUNT PLEASANT, SC, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to The Meaning of Marriage the most enjoyable?

    The openness of the writer into his life takes the listener on a journey. This book has become one of my favorite book ever read. This book is for anyone that is already married to thinking about marriage. This is a true book on the biblical theology of marriage.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The large fight between his wife and him where she breaks plates, powerful imagery.


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James and Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Marguerite takes the role of Keller's wife. Her chapter was profound especially into todays culture.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francis C. Smart Lansing, Michigan 10-27-13
    Francis C. Smart Lansing, Michigan 10-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "a book only for christians"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As an agnostic dating a christian, considering marriage I was suggested this book. It is hard to imagine a book more likely to turn me away from marriage.

    The author initiates the book based on a niave recounting of statistics followed by arguments like marriage counselling advice changes every year yet the Bible has been the same for thousands of years and used by millions of couples so it should be the authority on marriage. If I were a christian I would probably not have a problem with that statement since all of christian faith seems to revolve around justifying why a book written thousands of years ago by many people with disjoint concepts of reality somehow has relevance in a world those people could not have even begun to imagine.

    The author spends some time discussing how seeming impossible marriages between two couples have turned to lasting lifelong marriages. These mariages are all very disconcerting since the "huge" differences the couples face are those in which one party may feel inclined to wake up the day with praise and worship while his wife prefers to spend the evening in prayerful meditation. Oh God, I don't know how such a couple could ever have a hope of surviving!

    I admit that I have only gotten through the first couple of hours into the book. I assume that at some point in the book the author plans on getting into something not depressing. I might update this review at that point.


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    Tracey United States 05-18-13
    Tracey United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great for married or singles."

    This book is a must listen from a great writer/speaker. It's motivational and challenging. I highly recommend to singles and marrieds of any age.

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    Beth Cypress, TEXAS, United States 03-25-13
    Beth Cypress, TEXAS, United States 03-25-13
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    "Good but not for everyone"
    What did you love best about The Meaning of Marriage?

    Outlines a Christian plan for marriage, what it means, how to go about it, and what value it can provide.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    I definitely learned things from this book and am glad I listened. As background, I am a late twenties professional living in a large city and have recently married. I grew up Presbyterian so I thought a book by a Presbyterian pastor who has a large church filled with younger people in NYC would be great for me. While the author is Presbyterian he is more conservative than most. I consider myself fairly open-minded and progressive and the author definitely said things I found a bit offensive.

    His view of marriage and the bible is quite literal (not saying this is a bad thing), and he often can't go a sentence without quoting the bible. Maybe it would be different if I were reading instead of listening but I sometimes found it difficult to follow his logic since he often only says a few words before another bible quote. I also found it interesting that he quotes the bible like mad but then in one chapter when he basically summarized the entire "Five Love Languages" book by Gary Chapman he never even mentioned who the author was or that such a book existed. I have read this book as well but had I not I might have thought Rev. Keller made up the idea himself.

    I realize this review sounds quite negative, but I still gave the book 4/5 stars. I think it is a worthwhile listen and if you are a more conservative Christian you will probably find it resonates very well with you. I probably won't share this book with my husband since he is not very religious.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-09-12
    Jennifer Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very helpful"

    I'm just in a serious relationship, not married yet. But I found this book to be very interesting and helpful - easy to listen to and understand. It's great to get these concepts BEFORE marriage instead of after years of unhappiness.

    The male narrator was great, but I felt the female narrator was miscast. Not that she had a bad voice. It just wasn't right for this. So it was harder at times to focus on what she was saying. But as someone else pointed out, she only reads one chapter and the appendix, so it's not a big deal.

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    Pearl Glacier California 01-12-12
    Pearl Glacier California 01-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Lots of wisdom..."

    Timothy Keller with experience, eminence, and evidence presents a dynamic and beautiful portrayal of marriage which not only is realistic but also the hope it provides. He spends time looking into common cultural conceptions of marriage or cohabitation and contrasts them with the Christian view of marriage. He reflects on the cultural, historical and contextual scriptures on marriage and blends them with his life long experience in counseling couples in various stages of marriage. After listening to this book I bought it for my groomsmen and bride to be as I felt it would help us better contemplate marriage together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 01-02-12
    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Good in parts, okay in the rest"
    What made the experience of listening to The Meaning of Marriage the most enjoyable?

    The most memorable parts of the book were the personal stories. The marriage advice was okay, but getting to know the Kellers was best.


    What other book might you compare The Meaning of Marriage to and why?

    If you compare this book to Tim Keller's other books, this one is good by any standard except the one Tim Keller sets. This is a good book, but one of his weakest.


    What about Lloyd James and Marguerite Gavin ???s performance did you like?

    The readers did an excellent job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not listen to this book in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Punta Gorda, FL, United States 12-29-11
    Jim Punta Gorda, FL, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "C.S. Lewis of 21st C on Marriage"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. It is easy to understand but comprehensive and helpful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a story that is enjoyable with lots of take-aways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tim's wife breaking the china to get his attention.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Most marry for one of three reasons: 1. Physical attraction, 2. Money / financial stability, 3. Social status - two of these can quicly change. The first will certainly change for the worse. HOWEVER, if you marry a spiritual friend - your relationship will have longevity and true satisfaction in the deepest sence.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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