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Author: Timothy Keller Narrator: Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781101523360
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Meaning of Marriage is incredibly rich with wisdom and insight that will leave the reader, whether single or married, feeling uplifted.”

    Washington Times

  • This is a book Christians need to read. The Christian Post
  • The rare marriage book I would heartily recommend to any single, no matter his or her age, whether dating, courting, engaged, or disinterested . . . Rich and practical. The Gospel Coalition
  • "A brilliant new book that explains why marriage is in such dire straits, and how to rescue it. BreakPoint
  • The Meaning of Marriage is unlike any other book on this subject I have read. As always, Keller’s twenty-three years of experience counseling, preaching, and evangelizing in Manhattan make his reflection on marriage particularly rich and practical. Read this book.”

    Collin Hansen, The Gospel Coalition

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 6/13/2019

    " This book was recommended to me by my future mother-in-law as, "The only book I wish I'd read on marriage before I was married." I can see why. It's an honest but uplifting look at God's original design, the community context, growing together, sex, singleness, and cultural factors. None of it's rocket science but it is a message our generation desperately needs to hear. I found their chapter on the charged topic of gender roles relevant and humbly worded, unlike many denominationally-driven templates out there. This book gets a tad repetitive on some points but it's overall a great read. "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Mark | 1/1/2019

    " I have know been married for 26 years and am grateful to be so. My wife and I have read various books about how to make your marriage better and we have grown together in our marriage. This book is in stark contrast to all others know to me. This book articulates how God uses marriage, the tool that He created, to sculpt you into what he wants you to be individually. "

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Dan | 1/16/2017

    " I have long loved exploring the connection between the gospel and marriage...Timothy does an excellent job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/19/2014

    " Thought-provoking, challenging, and encouraging, this book is solid hope for a cynical world, forcing us to reconsider our preconceived notions of what marriage is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 2/11/2014

    " This should be a required reading for every couple who WANTS to get married and for every couple already married. Truth, foundational to every couple's success in marriage is humble, servant, love. The opposite of what our tendencies are--self-centered, entitlement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 2/11/2014

    " The best book about marriage I have read. Period. The Kellers can contribute uniquely in that most of their large congregation in NYC is single/non-traditional. Explaining Biblical concepts, thus, must be put in terms that a post-modern, educated generation can understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethel | 1/25/2014

    " This is the book Pastor Squires uses for pre-marriage counseling. He can provide a study guide to use on your own or with your darling spouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 1/23/2014

    " This book on marriage is one of the best, most honest, contemporary book from a Christian point of view. Keller continually drives home the truths that transcend even many Christians view of marriage, sex, and singleness, and could inspire all to a better view of marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/7/2014

    " The best, most intelligent, and most comprehensive Christian view on marriage. I finished it just before getting married. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/1/2014

    " This is my new favorite book on marriage. Highly recommended for all adults, from single to newly married to not so newly married. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 12/28/2013

    " This book is more helpful if you're single, but overall, I'm glad I read it with my small group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/11/2013

    " This is the best book on marriage I have ever read. And I have read a few. Tim Keller does it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 12/9/2013

    " i do not read a lot of non-fiction, but this was a great book about getting your marriage, strong, keeping it there but also had relevance if you are not in a relationship yet either about how to communicate and looking for a potential mate. Great stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 12/4/2013

    " The best book I've ever read on marriage. I'd recommend to anyone, married or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 11/14/2013

    " When Tim Keller speaks I listen. This book was adopted from a sermon series. Neither is writing or speaking contains bells and whistles but the content is superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliza | 10/29/2013

    " I did not find this as riveting as I expected, but I've come away from it with good thoughts about marriage and the church that I keep mulling over and bringing up in conversation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 9/29/2013

    " Over all I thought this book had some great insight and advice. I did get really bored in many parts and had to force myself to keep reading. I think this is more because the author has a much different personality than me and it translate into the writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 9/26/2013

    " Must read for married people!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorene | 6/26/2013

    " An excellent read whether you are married or not. You will learn and understand and make sense of the reason marriage exists from Gods view. A new understanding of your own stage of life will emerge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/18/2013

    " A must read for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/14/2012

    " So so so good. Reading the parts about singleness as a married person was extremely convicting and paradigm shifting. Tim Keller has an inspiring and Biblical vision for marriage and I'm so glad he wrote it down in this book so that I could know it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 8/26/2012

    " I have read many, many books on marriage...this is by far the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 1/6/2012

    " Great work on the theology and importance of marriage "

About the Author

Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God. He has mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch more than 300 new churches around the globe.

About the Narrators

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. She has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”