Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? Audiobook, by Gary Thomas Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Gary L. Thomas, Gary Thomas Narrator: Gary L. Thomas Publisher: Zondervan Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780310347002

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MORE THAN 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD

In this popular bestselling book, Gary Thomas uncovers how your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and each other.

What if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy . . . but holy? What if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?

Starting with the discovery that the goal of marriage goes beyond personal happiness, bestselling author Gary Thomas invites you to see how God can use marriage as a discipline and a motivation to love God more and reflect more of the character of his Son.

In addition to life-changing insights from Scripture, church history, and time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, you'll find practical tools and techniques to make your marriage happier by becoming holier husbands and wives.

Sacred Marriage reveals how good marriages . . .

  • Train us to love God and others well
  • Expose sin and makes us more aware of God's presence
  • Foster good prayer
  • Cultivate a sexual relationship that feeds the spiritual life
  • and more

With provocative discussion questions for couples and small groups, this book will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer union with God.

Also available: Sacred Marriage gift edition, small group video study and study guide, Spanish edition, and more.

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book created some good conversations with my wife and I liked some of his main ideas (marriage isn't about you, etc). I didn't like a lot of the illustrations which ranged from "that's a stretch to make your point" to "I'm not sure that's really true". There were chapters that had a very mystical bent, which I think can be very unhelpful. It's a decent book, but there are many better titles on marriage. "

    - Mike, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " About half way through and LOVING it. "

    - Andrea, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my very favorite books on marriage so far. It gives you a completely new perspective on the purposes of marriage and how to face every issue that comes up. Even just the sub-title gets you thinking: "What if God intended marriage to make you holy more than happy?" "

    - Holly, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Language was wordy and wasn't practical in applying to life. There was a little too much focus on the sexual and it was quite odd. "

    - Becca, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was really great til the last 5 or so chapters, which just repeated the thesis over and over without any insightful stories or comments. Definitely a must-read for men and women though. "

    - Julie, 1/26/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " After finishing this book I would really prefer to give it 3.5 stars. The author pulls out some great truths the at the end. While it was a little slow going to begin with, it started pick up at the end. Also, I cannot round up to 4 stars because this book just doesn't quite make it. "

    - Craig, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good Book...My wife and I read it together and then was in a small marriage group through the book. I'm not going to lie, it is Very Trough Reading at least 40% of the time. Words you might have never even heard of! LOL We all said the same thing in our group, and thought we would have received more out of the reading if it was written a bit more simple. But it was wonderful and we grew spiritually and in our marriage. And that is what Matters! Thank You Jesus! :) "

    - Jeff, 1/23/2014
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    " Part of a study at church, very interesting. "

    - Ellen, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the best marriage books out there, exactly what I needed to hear. This book explains how there is nothing like the marriage relationship to build Godly character. "

    - Shiloh, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Best book on marriage I've read to date. Powerful and life changing! "

    - Jason, 1/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Overall pretty good - applies the Gospel to marriage and how marriage demonstrates the Gospel. "

    - Jessie, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent for anyone seeking a more godly way to conduct marriage! "

    - Kevin, 12/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book on marriage and the theology behind marriage. "

    - Dan, 12/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Entire new perspective on what God intended marriage to look like. "

    - Angela, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a wonderful book about marriage. I love how the author focuses on how a Christian can really serve God through their marriage. "

    - Stephanie, 12/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was required reading for my marriage class at the Focus on the Family Institute. Great book to read before marriage. It changed my perception of marriage, and many of my expectations as well. I've treasured its wisdom & give it for wedding gifts often! "

    - Kim, 1/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " solid foundtaion for marriage "

    - Emily, 11/22/2012
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    " It was a very good book. "

    - Mom, 8/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I would call this a must read for any Christian who is engaged or married. Phenomenal. "

    - Dwight, 7/9/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A truly profound idea of what marriage should be. If you are married or even thinking about getting married you need to read this. "

    - Jordan, 6/3/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is also an incredible book. I highly recommend it! "

    - Kristie, 1/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " a powerful look at the spiritual benefits of marriage... meaty! "

    - Melinda, 12/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Should be required reading for ALL married couples or soon-to-be married couples. "

    - Karen, 12/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Still reading. Very good. Lot's to talk about. "

    - Jorgegoyco, 11/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I will never look at marriage the same way again! So much more respect for people who stay together through the ups and downs. "

    - Damaris, 10/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Overall a great book, a wonderful reframe on marriage. Some wonderful tidbits to really refresh the real meaning of marriage. A little Evangelical for my taste but didn't really take away anything. "

    - Patricia, 8/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Language was wordy and wasn't practical in applying to life. There was a little too much focus on the sexual and it was quite odd. "

    - Becca, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The best book on marriage that I've ever read. I'm getting copies for my nieces and nephews. "

    - Beth, 4/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent for anyone seeking a more godly way to conduct marriage! "

    - Kevin, 2/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The premise of the book is that marriage is to make us holy not happy. Awesome book! I highly recommend it to couples of any age. "

    - Heather, 2/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I would rate this the best book on marriage I have ever read. "

    - doug, 1/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a long book. I felt like half of it was focused on dealing with a bad marriage which I found depressing. Some chapters toward the end were more encouraging. Ultimately the whole book can be summed up with "marriage is meant to make you holy, not happy." "

    - Lyndsi, 1/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Amazing paradigm shifter of a book. Helped me to think about my marriage in a new light and to see God in a deeper way. "

    - Jaime, 12/20/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " went through this book with my husband for a small group. enjoyed it quite a bit as it lead to personal growth, great discussions and growth with my husband, and good group discussions. "

    - Sasha, 10/6/2010

About the Author

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Pure Pleasure, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award–winning Authentic Faith.

About the Narrator

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Pure Pleasure, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith.