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Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? (Unabridged), by Gary Thomas
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.1 (2,900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Thomas Narrator: Gary Thomas Publisher: Zondervan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Gary Thomas writes, The ultimate purpose of this book is not to make you love your spouse more - although I think that will happen along the way. It's to equip you to love your God more and to help you reflect the character of his Son more precisely.

Historically, the deeper walk has been considered the province of the celibate, of saints and ascetics, monks and nuns. But the Bible, in depicting God's passionate, holy relationship with his people, is filled with images of the bridegroom and the bride and of a husband with his wife. Everything about your marriage - everything - is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christ's character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of love-making; the history you and your mate build with one another - in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God's overarching purpose.

Sacred Marriage 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Mike | 2/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Andrea | 2/11/2014

    " About half way through and LOVING it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Holly | 2/9/2014

    " 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?" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Becca | 1/28/2014

    " 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. "

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About the Author

Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry unites the study of scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships within the Christian community. Gary’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and won numerous awards. His writings have established him as a thought-leader in the areas of marriage, parenting, and spiritual formation. His formal education includes graduating with a BA in English literature from Western Washington University, and a master’s degree with a concentration in systematic theology from Regent College in Vancouver, BC. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Gary is an avid runner who has completed eleven marathons, including Boston three times. He is married, has three children, and lives in Houston, TX where he is a writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church.