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Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? / Edition 1
     

Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? / Edition 1

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by Gary L. Thomas
 

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ISBN-10: 0310242827

ISBN-13: 2900310242825

Pub. Date: 02/01/2002

Publisher: Zondervan

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? Sacred Marriage invites you to view your marriage in a new and different light--as a

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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? Sacred Marriage invites you to view your marriage in a new and different light--as a spiritual discipline, a means whereby you can come to know God more fully and intimately.

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ISBN-13:
2900310242825
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

1.The Greatest Challenge in the World: A Call to Holiness More Than Happiness11
2.Finding God in Marriage: Marital Analogies Teach Us Truths About God27
3.Learning to Love: How Marriage Teaches Us to Love39
4.Holy Honor: Marriage Teaches Us to Respect Others53
5.The Soul's Embrace: Good Marriage Can Foster Good Prayer73
6.The Cleansing of Marriage: How Marriage Exposes Our Sin89
7.Sacred History: Building the Spiritual Discipline of Perseverance103
8.Sacred Struggle: Embracing Difficulty in Order to Build Character127
9.Falling Forward: Marriage Teaches Us to Forgive153
10.Make Me a Servant: Marriage Can Build in Us a Servant's Heart179
11.Sexual Saints: Marital Sexuality Can Provide Spiritual Insights and Character Development199
12.Sacred Presence: How Marriage Can Make Us More Aware of God's Presence227
13.Sacred Mission: Marriage Can Develop Our Spiritual Calling, Mission, and Purpose247
Epilogue: The Holy Couple265
Notes269

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Sacred Marriage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My marriage had been dying a long painful death and I didn't even know it. When a friend of mine, who God used to open my eyes and heart, gave me this book, I learned that when I pointed a finger at what my husband had done and was doing, I was pointing 3 at myself. I learned, slowly and painfully that I was at fault as well. I was not the wife God required me to be and the partner my husband needed. There were times I had to put the book down because the truth was killing me,yet it has helped me realize that we can only change ourselves when we truly see what we are and we must stand back, develop a close relationship with our Father and let him work his wonders on our spouses....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to my fiance by her professors at college. Since I am in the military and have little time for pre-marital counseling we decided to read and discuss this book together as an attempt to make up for that loss. To give the reader a more accurate view of how this book affected me I will let you know a little about myself. I tend to be a very Type "A" kind of guy, who very readily falls into being a male chauvinist. I always believed that a man should love his wife as Christ loved the Church but for some reason, what that truly meant just never sunk in. After reading Sacred Marriage I definitely feel as though I am more aware of how to truly love my wife. I have a long way to go but this book has definitely helped with my understanding of scripture and how to apply it to my life. I have and will continue to recommend this book to every christian (single or married) that I meet. I hope it makes its way into every Christian home and finds open hearts willing and ready to repent. -in Him
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
My women's group used this book to guide discussions on a weekly basis for about six months. The group contained women with kids, without kids, single, divorce, remarried, widowed, and with traditional marriages. Everyone got something out of the discussions that took place despite their current situation. The author uses a lot of examples to try to get points across. Some are better than others, but all were helpful in getting the discussion going. The one chapter we lingered on the longest was the chapter on sex in marriage. This book speaks plainly about a lot of issues that people deal with in marital relationships. The only weakness I can see is that in a marriage where the wife is a Christian and the husband is abusive or hostile towards Chrisitianity, the advice given could be more harmful than helpful - especially the one on serving. As long as the two people in marriage are relatively equal in regards to their care and concern for each other, the advice given should help their marriages tremendously. Overall, this was a fabulous attempt to conquer difficult subjects. No one can write something that will fit all situations, so this author did a great job reaching the majority of his readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had owned Sacred Marriage and read it before, but I misplaced my copy. After buying it again, I led our Family Life department at church in a seminar about the book. I find Gary Thomas's views challenging, but I think he's on to something. This book is not easy to read, but if you stick it out, I believe that you will learn a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Sacred Marriage helped me process and accept things in my 39-year old marriage that I should have processed years ago. Thomas has a deep, Biblical and practical perspective. I gave a copy to my pastor and my son. Don't miss this book, no matter how many years you've been married.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love most about this book is how the author reflects a real love for women. He treats them with respect and endeavors to understand or at the very least empathize with them. As a Christian in a difficult, but happy marriage, (husband is very ill) it was the uplifting and supportive guidance I needed at the right time. The author brings your focus from ones self to God's greater purpose of marriage if you allow it to be. Though convicting at times, it is not confrontational. It is a loving testament of someone who has spent a great deal of time reflecting on his own marriage, warts and all, and the study of what is written of marriage (past and present). It has help me to put my marriage in a healthy perspective that has forever changed me, for the better in my humble opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gary Thomas provides the reader with an awesome opportunity to view one's marriage against the standard of what the Bible says that marriage is based: holiness and servanthood before God first - there is natural flow into our marriages. I've read this book twice, each time with additional notes and comments, virtually on every page. If we understand what Gary Thomas say about loving God, you cannot help but love your spouse. Each is intertwined.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful combination of how-to advice with spiritual underpinnings. Nicely written, very thought-provoking. The author knows what he is talking about. Dr. Paul Coleman, author of 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Intimacy'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas gets to the true heart of marital issues with a great balance of scripture, 'real people' examples, honesty, humor, and an invitation to your own soul-searching. You will get as much from this book as you are willing to apply. We have an extensive personal library of books on Christian marriage, and this work outshines them all -- by far! An added bonus? It's brilliantly written and a joy to read. My highest recommendation.
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MontyGM More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read on marriage.
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This is a must-read for married and engaged couples...and those considering marriage. Gary Thomas is an outstanding writer, both in his writing style and his content. He's real, as well, sharing illustrations from his own life. This book will challenge the way you think about marriage and relationships. Counter to our culture, his compelling message is that marriage is about being (and becoming) the 'right' person rather than looking for or expecting to be married to the 'right' person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although short it is a beautiful, and strong message. Highly reccommend to everyone!!
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This is a great book. This was recommended to us by a couple who was administering our premarital counseling. To say this book is a great book is an understatement. His writing style is a little hard to follow at first. This book contains so much useful information for those seeking to get married, single individuals and those who have been married for years. It helped me to really analyze who I am and how I can love and serve my spouse more.
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EDJEGCMA More than 1 year ago
We are using this in our small group and it is great to be able to access it electronically on my Nook or my Droid 2.