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Happy is good. Holy is better.

Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy...but holy?

Sacred Marriage doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today's marriages.

Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God's presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more.

The revised edition of Sacred Marriage takes into account the ways men's and women's roles have expanded since the book was first written. It has been streamlined to be a faster listen without losing the depth that so many listeners have valued.

Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God's overarching purpose. This book 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.

©2016 Gary Thomas (P)2016 Zondervan

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Just what we need

This is just the book we need in our marriage right now. Such a great eye opener to how our marriage is meant to serve God and bring us closer to him. The author has such a great cadence to his voice and is truly enjoyable to listen to.

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A permanent part of my library

I've read many of the comments prior to purchasing this audiobook and chose to purchase it. I listened 4 time already and while going through it myself, I found was the information was timeless, relevant and applicable in very practical terms in order to navigate the journey of marriage.

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marriage must.l read

Must read ,have to apply . if you allow the love in this book change your marriage to change you great things are on their way for your relationship.

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Not just for the married couples

It is important for us to begin to look at marriage from God's perspective. Marriage is to make us holy. I believe that there need to be more groups for singles so that the preparation and maturing can begin long before the engagement and subsequent vows being exchanged. There would be fewer marriages with fantasy expectations and but fewer divorces for "irreconcilable differences".

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Audiobook review: It is nice when authors narrate their own work, and this author does a very nice job. The central idea here, listed on the front of the book, cannot be overstated. The author clearly explains and illustrates the idea in the first half of the book, and once that is done the book trails off into "typical marriage book" themes (in my opinion). Totally worth the read/listen for the first half, though.

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PHENOMINAL INSIGHT

the book really helped me look at marriage in a new and fresh Light. I now have a lot more to ponder and really am excited about making my marriage more holy than happy.

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Works for everyone

What did you love best about Sacred Marriage?

This book relates to each person and we are able to put ourselves in the position to receive.

What did you like best about this story?

The examples given are easy to follow and the Bible verses are awesome and filling the book!

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

I have cried many times during this book. Some were tears of joy, some of realization, and some of desperation. GREAT!

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Thank you for writing this book. I know that God truly has called you to witness to others!

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Challenging and Inspiring

Challenge your notions of marriage while learning what it means to be a true follower of Christ. I wish I had read this before I got married and feel so blessed that I now have had the opportunity to do so.

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Getting to the point of marriage

I enjoyed Thomas’ work on what makes a Sacred Marriage. This book digs deeply into historical and contemporary views of marriage. Thomas describes the church’s frequent assertion that singleness provides a greater opportunity for serving God. Thomas refutes this assertion and explores the opportunity that marriage provides to shape us into the image of Christ.

Thomas provides examples from his own marriage as well as the marriages of others. However, this book is not a practical guide in how to specifically communicate with your spouse or manage your marriage. It is a guide on the mentality and perspective one should develop to allow one’s marriage to serve God more effectively. I recommend this book to anyone regardless of how long they have been married and especially to those who are considering marriage.

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Really wonderful book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Opened my eyes and my heart to concepts/biblical principles I wouldn't have applied or thought about if not discussed in this book. Bravo!

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  • starwarssteve
  • 02-13-17

Not only Happy but HOLY.

i found this book a revelation. deep powerful and life changing. My husband listened too and was deeply impacted. bought hardcopy for friends and bought journal too. enjoyed his book on bringing up kids as well.

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Such a great challenging book, like no other. Encourage every Christian to read this transformative book.

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  • DENZO
  • 10-22-17

This will sustain, save, nurture and realign your marriage guaranteed!

Whether you are having a good or bad marriage, this book will remind us of the he direction and focus that we should have. It helps me reflect on myself and how to better my thinking. I know this will help anyone.