Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

I feel like I can't do this book justice because I picked it up at the Marriage Conference we went to back in May & used it as my Bible Study for too long.  I didn't read it every night because I would need to prepare to teach my girls Sunday School lesson.  When I did read it, I only read a half a chapter at a time.  It has some really good information in it and I plan to go back and re-read what I highlighted, but I can't say I loved this book because when I love a book, I can't wait to get back into it.

Summary from
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. Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy. . . but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? 

Everything about your marriage--everything--is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christ's character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of lovemaking; the history you and your spouse build with one another--in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriageuncovers 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.

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