A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is about More Than Just Staying Together?

A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is about More Than Just Staying Together?

by Gary Thomas


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ISBN-13: 9781434704900
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today radio, and a popular speaker. His award-winning books have been translated into over a dozen languages and together have sold over a million copies worldwide. Thomas and his wife have been married thirty years and have three children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 15

Introduction 17

Part 1 The Magnificent Obsession

1 The Magnificent Obsession 25

2 Worshipping Our Way to Happiness 33

3 Making the Last Things the First Thing Today 51

4 The Glory of Spiritual Dependence 71

5 Got Mission? 83

6 A Monk's Marriage 95

7 A Marriage Worthy of Our Calling 107

8 Do Your Duty: The Surprising Call to Happiness 115

Part 2 Growing Together

9 Supernatural Science 127

10 Artificial Intimacy 141

11 Pushing Past the Power Shifts 153

12 Clothed and Ashamed 177

13 The Two Dimensions of Marriage 189

14 Loving Someone Who Doesn't Care 207

15 How One Couple Rescued a "Love Lost" Marriage 225

Part 3 The Journey Toward Love

16 Our Greatest Need 241

17 Absolute Benevolence 255

18 Love Most Glorious 263

19 Love Isn't Desire 277

20 Delightful Desire 285

21 Living Is Giving 303

Epilogue 317

Appendix: God Hates Domestic Violence 323

Author Information 329

Notes 331

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A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is about More Than Just Staying Together? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Lifelong Love Gary Thomas Book Summary: Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together. Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, A Lifelong Love promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment. Thirty years of study and two decades of working with couples has led Gary Thomas to his most significant book yet on the relationship between husband and wife. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about—and why A Lifelong Love is sure to challenge the way the church talks about marriage. Review: Fantastic book!!! Read it slow and think about the various Biblical references. He has such insight about God’s plan for marriage. I found the topic thought provoking and worth praying about. I agree that marriage changes as time continues. I agree with Mr. Thomas when he talked about all the books that abound on have a ‘happy marriage’ in the earthly sense, he sees contentment and satisfaction is a choice. Another excellent point is that marriages that are me centered is not the point of marriage. It is other centered. As that topic and idea was explored it was freeing and frightening. Yet, that is exactly how our relationship with God. It explored out others are most important and that you have to pray and love your spouse without wanting to get anything, oh that is so hard. Mr. Thomas has such insight into relationships and the Bible it is a wonderfully freeing concept with biggest question being reward in heaven or on earth. If I seek only getting for me from my relationship than I will have my reward, if I seek my husband’s best than I will see the Lord in my marriage and thus my reward will be in heaven. One of the best things that was tapped into is that even if my husband does not give me attention or affection, I will always have God, who cares for me more than anyone else does. This was a great comfort. It was such a comfort to know that Mr. Thomas sees both sides of the coin when talking to couples and wants the best for both. It is a must read for newlyweds to those who are celebrating a golden anniversary. I would like to thank Net Galley and David C Cook for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.