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In this popular bestselling book, Gary Thomas uncovers how your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and each other.
What if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy . . . but holy? What if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?
Starting with the discovery that the goal of marriage goes beyond personal happiness, bestselling author Gary Thomas invites you to see how God can use marriage as a discipline and a motivation to love God more and reflect more of the character of his Son.
In addition to life-changing insights from Scripture, church history, and time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, you'll find practical tools and techniques to make your marriage happier by becoming holier husbands and wives.
Sacred Marriage reveals how good marriages . . .
Train us to love God and others wellExpose sin and makes us more aware of God's presenceFoster good prayerCultivate a sexual relationship that feeds the spiritual lifeand more
With provocative discussion questions for couples and small groups, this book will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer union with God.
Also available: Sacred Marriage gift edition, small group video study and study guide, Spanish edition, and more.
This is no ordinary self-help book on the Christian family; it focuses far less on how to improve one's marriage than how one's marriage can improve one's Christian faith. Author Thomas even goes so far as to suggest that "God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy," an idea that may shock romantically inclined Americans. Marriage, writes Thomas, is a spiritual discipline because it forces us to confront our own selfishness and sinfulness. Daily sacrifices can teach service, while a demanding, lifelong commitment teaches perseverance. Problems arise when couples expect each other to fill roles (such as unconditional lover) that only God can play in their lives. The book is a refreshing addition to the evangelical canon; it draws not only on the extensive marital analogies found in Scripture but also on Church history and tradition. This makes for a thoughtful and challenging message that is not susceptible to the evangelical mode du jour. Thomas is honest about his own marital ups and downs. Although the book is sometimes hampered by its overwhelmingly male perspective (most of Thomas's examples are taken from men's stories), the various personal anecdotes crystallize the idea of marriage as a context for spiritual growth.