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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Delectable
  • 02-19-19

Awesome!

Comprehenaive guide for Christians and non Christians alike. Shall use the workbook as well. Great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-17

Fantastic!

A must read for all, singles and married! Insightful and practically helpful. Great to listen with others and discuss.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-17

fantastic

the China story and the discussion Re headship was very much insightful to me thanks

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  • happyShopper
  • 04-08-17

one of the Best books of Christian Marriage

I thoroughly enjoyed this book
it approached the subject with a sound grasp of biblical detail
also giving a practical view point on things and the analogies used were very effective.
after reading this I feel like I have more clarity and am encouraged to hope for a Christian Marriage one day

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  • J. B. Marins
  • 06-27-16

Eye-opener

I've been married for more than seventeen years and I had no idea what it was about. It is an expression of divine love.

I read the book three times (I'm a slow learner) and now, listened to it; I highly recommended it.

Lloyd James is an excellent narrator.

Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller make the theme free from confuse or ambiguity.
Even if you're not a Christian, you can benefit from it.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-18

If you're thinking about it, download it.

Loved it. This book not only pointed me to a glorious vision of marriage, but a glorious vision of Jesus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-17

Excellent

A must read for all couples, and single people. Read and re-read to fully grasp all the valuable insights.

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  • Tim
  • 10-18-16

Very helpful!

Marriage is tricky without some kind of guidance. This book provides an excellent foundational framework with which to think about the marriage relationship as a single, married, or as one who have been married in the past.