The Meaning of Marriage

Facing the Complexities of Marriage with the Wisdom of God
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Reason for God.

In previous books, respected New York pastor and best-selling author Timothy Keller has looked at such diverse and topical subjects as the existence of God, our need to do justice, the meaning of Jesus' life, and the human temptation to make idols - all through the twin lenses of a biblical framework and an engagement with contemporary culture.

In this new book, coauthored with his wife, Kathy, he turns his attention to that most complex of matters: our need for love and its expression in marriage.

Beginning with the biblical narrative and its pictures of marriage that span the original ideal to the broken to the redemptive, he looks at themes of friendship and commitment; the completion of men and women in each other; singleness, sex and divorce; and ministry and discipleship within the context of marriage. This is a profound and engaging work that will challenge and inspire people in all stages of life - single, newlywed and married.

©2011 Timothy Keller (P)2011 Penguin

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It will save your marriage

It will save your marriage! will teach singles what to look for in a partner

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Enjoyed by singles too

I listened to this book first and then introduced it to the girl with whom I am exploring to be in a relationship with. She also was drawn to be truths in this book, filled with human experience and God's Word. Some parts scared her a bit but I don't regret getting things done the right (and hard) way from the start.

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  • Jamayne
  • 08-16-16

Essential

a totally essential read for both couples and singles to gain wisdom on marriage from God's perspective.

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  • Paul, Northern Ireland
  • 06-08-18

Biblical wisdom beautifully expressed

Keller shows the beauty and wisdom of the Bible's teaching on marriage by looking at it through the lens of the gospel. Both spouses get to display a challenging Christ-like feature in marriage for the good of the other. These features can only be expressed if each accepts their God-given role. His practical insights and exposure of idols cultures have set up cleared away a lot of wrong notions and gave me a way of approaching disagreements that will enrich my marriage.

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  • Ducarta
  • 07-22-19

Essential Reading for Singles or Couples

As a married man of a few years now I'd say I'm not so far away from singleness that I've forgot what it was like and not too far into marriage that I think I know it all. With that said, I found the insights and practical advise personally enlightening. There were many occasions that had me nodding in agreement, exclaiming "that's me he's talking about" or having to rewind. In fact, there was a chapter that I had to read about 3 times before moving on, due to the questions and ponderings it unearthed in me. While I can't say it touches on every question one might have, I do strongly believe it deals with some of the most important aspects of marriage, especially how we view marriage. I also think this will work well as a book to read with your partner but I reccomend reading it alone first so you can consider its points and wisdom. The narrators were great, no complaints from me and listening at 1.5 speed, the man did remind me of Pastor Tim, even though the voices are quite different! I think the length is decent, you could finish this in a week if you wanted to, though I say let it marinade over 3 weeks to get a lot out of it. In short, buy this as a refence without hesitation!

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  • Ian Mwaura
  • 09-19-20

best book about marriage

loved it. taught me a lot about my role and God's expectation of me as a spouse. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-15-20

Read regardless of your marital status

Brilliant book, so insightful and biblically centred. It is as relevant for singles as those dating and married. Keller at his best

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  • Paul
  • 06-04-20

Excellent book

This book has really helped me to understand stand what marriage is all about. Thank you Mr & Mrs Keller

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  • Alan Cuthbert
  • 05-25-20

Must read for married, hoping to be married and singles too

Excellent book: thorough, easy to read, engaging and based on truth while enlightening. Could not recommend more.

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  • IsBiggerBetter
  • 04-16-20

Understanding the foundation

Coming from a divorce background as a child, this helped me grow in myself and marriage. Understanding my role and commitment. Everyone should read this! thank you very much!

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  • Kelechi
  • 01-28-20

A Refreshing view of Christian marriage

loved it. Tim and Kathy give a new perspective to Christian marriage. enjoy it too

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  • Chris
  • 04-13-19

Great book full of wisdom

just a shame Tim himself isn't reading it! it is such a personal book that it is hard listening to it read so monotonously.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-18

the best advice

I have read a number of relationship bookd and this is the best one by far!. great example for couples AND singles.

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  • Carlin
  • 07-28-17

Superb

Very helpful and encouraging. Tim and Kathy Keller are both superb communicators. Tim Keller is so gifted at communicating big theological truths in a clear, engaging and practical way. I most appreciated Kathy's chapter on headship and submission in marriage. I think it's also a great read for non Christians who want a well articulated Christian view of marriage and relationships.

Only criticism is I wanted more! :)

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  • Hermand
  • 07-12-17

Exceptional - Especially chapter on selfishness

Gave an articulated expression of what I was feeling and experiencing in my non marital relationship and best of all...a way out of that situation.

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  • Maria
  • 12-08-16

excellent book for singles

this is one of the most useful books on marriage that I've read as a single women. or is a book very much for single people as well as married people. it is a useful book for anyone Posey of a church family to read to better know how to interact as a church family of married and single people. I'd highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • Charles Lee
  • 09-28-20

great book

I struggle to know how to best relate to my wife. Until i listen and read this book. It inspire me in with stories and how to grow. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-19

Great Book for all Christian Relationships

It was a great book that covers many of the issues I, a single young Christian male, struggle with. It shows a point of view that in all things Glorifies God and positions us to seek a deeper relationship with Him and others around us including who is or will be our covenantal husband or wife. It was an easy listen to, (quality of production) and included many thought provoking claims built strongly on God's word. I highly recommend to all married and single Christians, new or not.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-19

A good all-round biblical and social view on marri

It holds true with what is said, its great for those who need the true understanding of marriage and encouraging even for those mature in understanding biblical marriage.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-19

The very BEST book on marriage

This is the best book on marriage I have read. it brings it all back to Jesus.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-19

very comprehensive

fantastic book. I learnt a lot. I highly recommend it for anyone who is married or thinking about marriage

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  • Joel Rasmussen
  • 02-11-19

Not a great book

For so much length this book offers very little content, the chapters ramble without much direction. I found it hard to take away much practical knowledge or steps to apply to my marriage or the ones I counsel around me.