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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 read without losing the depth that so many readers 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.
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Reprint edition (August 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310337372
- ISBN-13: 978-0310337379
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
A heart-to-heart about marriage
This is the marriage book I needed right now. Rather than tell me how I can change my marriage, this book talks about changing my heart. Too many marriage books assume that both spouses are going to participate in reading and enacting the steps given in the book; this is all about how my relationship with God is imaged and expressed through my marriage relationship. I feel the author “gets it”. There are no easy steps, no how-to-fix this, just a heart-to-heart talk about what marriage is really about. This is a breath of fresh air in a crowded and stuffy room full of advice and “answers”.
One of the best
Gary’s teaching on marriage is one of the best out there. Almost every other writer makes similar points but Gary was one of the first in our time to talk about it. I like Kellers book and Driscoll is ok. In the end, this is our go to for couples and pre-marriage. Sacred search is another great book for pre-marriage. But this is a DVD……So having a DVD series on the topic was a great idea. Now I will say Gary is not the most engaging teacher. He can be a little dry. He has some humor in it but his teaching style can be a challenge for some. If your a leader you understand that even with rest material, presentation can make or break a groups ability to engage. So just be aware your not getting a lively presenter. Just a guy, sitting in a chair in front of a window in what looks like his home. Its well filmed and produced and the content is good. Now all that being said don’t get the idea its a huge bore. Just saying if your used to a guy like Jimmy Evans or even a Mark Gungor you might be disappointed
I always tell people that besides the Bible this is the best book I have ever read. Completely life altering for me. It changes the way you view your marriage and your parenting. We have a problem in our culture because Christians view their marriages as an institution designed to make them happy and when they are aren’t happy they try to find a way out. But for the Christian life isn’t about being happy all the time (and if you live your life that way you are going to be greatly disappointed in not just marriage but anything). So Gary poses this powerful question… What if my marriageis designed to make me holy more than to make me happy?
it’s easy to get swept up into assuming marriage is all …
This book has left me speechless. Considering how the world views marriage, especially in America, it’s easy to get swept up into assuming marriage is all about you and romance and the surface stuff. This book gives you Heavens perspective on marriage. It will challenge you, but give you context for the challenges. Where things that I’ve endured in my life have seemed pointless and have left me questioning, this book punctuates all that you’ll face in your marriage so that it makes sense spiritually and naturally. It gives you the wisdom, understanding, grace and strength that you’ll need to press on through the rough times. It gives meaning and purpose to the obstacles that the enemy will use to try and destroy what God has called together. Gary Thomas nailed it! God bless this man for allowing God to use him to speak into the lives of so many married and soon to be married couples. I will read and reread this book for the rest of my life!
Good Book, Not Outstanding
This book is good but it just didn’t seem to keep my interest up throughout the book. But then again, I’m not an avid reader either. It did make you stop and examine yourself and your motives in your marriage. It also made you thing about how God views marriage vs how today’s society looks at it and has cheapened its meaning to “what’s in it for me.” Overall it was a good book.
A must-read for all marriages
This gives some different perspectives to marriage that ALL should read. Yes, what if God did design marriage to make us holy rather than happy? We did this book/DVD as a group and everyone was so refreshed to read and talk about godly ideas that are often overlooked in marriage counseling. Often the counseling is about communication ideas and such. This is a must-read for all.
Read with a heart wide open. This book can cause a personal heart change followed by a great marriage.
Too often we enter marriage with the fairy tale idea and we will “live happily ever after”. But then, the first big fight comes along and we decide that we are incompatible. When the truth is this fight is only exposing our own bent toward selfishness. If we open our hearts a bit, we can learn the lesson and improve our image of God and subsequently have an improved marriage.
This book is one of my favorite marriage books
This book is one of my favorite marriage books. It not only has helped me grow closer to my husband but closer to God and it has helped me to even have better relationships. I have purchased it for friends and family and they also have it in Spanish. I recommend it to single and dating people as well. It’s good to read what God’s design is for marriage, what His heart is toward us, what He expects from us and how He helps us love one another as He love us! God bless and I pray it brings you closer to God and your spouse also!
A must read for married or soon to be married folks
I am engaged to be married this year and I want to enter this union with a holy and biblical perspective. This book has opened my eyes to the purpose and meaning of marriage with the understanding that it is not about us, but completely about God and serving others. Marriage is the mirror of our humanness and requires sacrifice and work in order to minister to your spouse and others. I recommend this book to anyone that wants a biblical perspective on marriage.
MUST READ…Married or Single!
This book is a must read! Not the typical marriage book. It is truly centered on our covenant with GOD before anything. Such a rewarding refreshing Godly view of what the unity of marriage should look like. Makes you stop looking to your spouse as the issue and reflect on your on walk and inner matured growth. I have sent this book to numerous married and single people. All have treasured the shift in perspective this book brings.