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“Incredibly rich with wisdom and insight that will leave the reader, whether single or married, feeling uplifted.”—The Washington Times

Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.

Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594631875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594631870
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Wise and Wonderful, Profound and Practical

 on November 10, 2011
By Fr. Charles Erlandson
Marriage is clearly a troubled institution in American culture, and that includes even among American Christians. The problem is that so often Christians have accepted the world’s definitions of marriage. While many Christian books have been written on marriage, Tim Keller’s “The Meaning of Marriage” is one of the best.

A Compelling Vision of Christian Marriage

 on November 1, 2011
By Dr. David P. Craig
Tim Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York since he planted it in 1989, and the church reflects the city’s demographics: approximately 80% of the people (in a church of several thousand) are single. So Keller has a lot of experience in teaching, counseling and shepherding singles in particular. This book had its roots in the early 1990’s when he did a series of sermons on marriage because of the skepticism, fear, and arguments that many of the singles in attendance had toward marriage in the beginning stages of the church – and still do today. He also wrote this book to share from his own experiences with his wife Kathy of 37 years and counting. However, most importantly he wrote this book to give a compelling vision of what marriage was designed to look like from the Bible from Genesis to Revelation – from the first marriage of Adam and Eve to the last marriage of Christ and the Church.

A Marriage Book- That Actually Speaks to Singles?!

 on July 6, 2017
By Youneedabiscuit
Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Tim Keller’s theology, my old church was a grandchild church plant of Redeemer (Redeemer planted our “mother” church in San Francisco = grandchild church?), and my cousin attends Redeemer in New York. But I am also a thirty-something Christian single female, who has dodged a lot of sympathetic sighing from well-intentioned people. Keller and his wife, Kathy, are well aware of the myriad of mixed messages Christian singles receive and they don’t sidestep this often neglected group in their excellent book. As the daughter of a forty+ year Christ-centric marriage I can also see how the instruction they give is invaluable to married couples. They don’t offer a five step if you do this, this, and this you will attract a godly mate, instead it’s a Bible based exploration of why God gave us marriage and what it means for everyone- single or married, divorced, separated, widowed, etc.

Interesting even if you’re not a Christian

 on May 22, 2013
By GlamSkool
This is a book you need to read before and right after you get married.

Helps participants spend most of their study time in the Bible itself

 on March 3, 2016
By Nathan Cedarland
A handy little booklet for getting believers into Scripture together. We are currently using it for our discipleship groups in our local church. The best part about this resource is that it really gets the participants into the Bible itself and helps newer believers learn how to ask questions of the text. It may seem very basic for some or oversimplified, but our desire is to use resources that are accessible to newer believers and to folks who may struggle with reading longer books. One option would be to encourage members who are hungry for more to get Keller’s commentary “Galatians For You” and then lead them to use this booklet to teach and equip those who still aren’t ready for something at the commentary level. One of the other great things about this booklet is the focus on the practical application of biblical truth, something that far too often gets tagged on to the very end in Bible study books. The only thing that keeps me from giving this product five stars is that some of the questions are worded strangely and have proved confusing for some of the newer believers with whom I am using the guide.

Biblical, God-centered, well-written, and practical

 on March 17, 2018
By Erik Olson
The kids told my wife and me that this year they weren’t coming home for Thanksgiving, so we decided we’d use the long weekend instead for our own little marriage retreat. We found an little farmhouse about an hour away offering a loft apartment for a three-day rental, and the two of us each brought a copy of Keller’s book and spent those days working through the book, chapter by chapter. Both Tim and Kathy shaped the book, and Kathy directly wrote at least one chapter. I appreciated their honesty, biblical foundation, God-centeredness, and practical counsel.

Book on marriage made complicated

 on April 4, 2018
By Nic
I’ve attended a lot of seminars, heard talks about marriage, read books about it as well

A must read for any Christian couple!

 on July 9, 2017
By The Fair Critic
One of the best books ever written on marriage. I got this for a friend for his wedding and I think I will make this one of my go to wedding gifts from now on. This book is well written by a very knowledgeable Christian author who also happens to have a very successful marriage. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested and improving their marriage or learning more about Christ’s view of marriage.

For the faint of heart who want to get real

 on June 29, 2015
By Jessica B.
Straightforward without being dry, this book schools on marriage unapologetically.

Good. Different, but good.

 on August 26, 2017
By jcolino
If you’re looking for a book that will describe the history, meaning, and purpose of marriage, this is it. It’s not a marriage counseling book nor a weekend retreat themed book. We have plenty of those kinds of books on our shelves, so this was a welcome departure from the 200-page “Husbands love your wives and wives obey your husbands” types.