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4.61 out of 54.61 out of 54.61 out of 54.61 out of 54.61 out of 5 4.61 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Piper Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Reflecting on 40 years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant for all the best reasons. Even in the days when people commonly stayed married 'til death do us part, there was never been a generation whose view of marriage was high enough, says Pastor John Piper. That is all the more true in our casual times.

Though personal selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God's purpose, it is found in God's Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing every person from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views. Piper explains in reflecting on forty years of matrimony: Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It's mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ's covenant-keeping love on display.

This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 2/15/2014

    " Assigned for Precepts book group; would not have read it otherwise. Had read all on marriage I was going to read. Am glad I read it; he adds some deeper aspects I'd not been shown before. "

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

    " Quite possibly the best book on Marriage that I have ever read. He is faithful to Scripture and draws from his personal experience in an amazing way. A must read for singles, married couples, widows and widowers, and for those who have divorced and are looking for healing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 2/6/2014

    " Piper repeatedly expresses how marriage is a covenant that exemplifies Christ's covenant with the church -- He is married to the church and will never break His covenant. This book is repitious in part, but the points he makes are so profound that they warrant repeating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Mclean | 1/28/2014

    " Every to be married or married couple should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Yourich | 1/25/2014

    " We got this book during our pre marital counseling and i really like it. It really makes you think about how marriage is an earth bound representation of our relationship with God. Very profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 1/24/2014

    " This book completely changed my perspective of marriage and gave a better grasp of how it reflects Christ and the church "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emanuela | 1/14/2014

    " marriage is the image of the covenant-keeping love of God for His bride,the church. A very good book, it shows the biblical and real and ultimate meaning of marriage...it is momentary, but it's a parable of he permanence of God's love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/9/2014

    " The first book I've read on marriage, and definitely a great one. The purpose of marriage as it was created, is to symbolize Christ's steadfast and unconditional love for his bride, the Church. This motivation alone is what will keep marriages alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean Wood | 1/4/2014

    " One of my favorite marriage books. Piper is rooted in and glued to Scripture, most of this book coming out of Ephesians 5. This was a slow read for me because some paragraphs had to be re-read and chewed on for a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelyn Vaughan | 1/3/2014

    " My favorite Piper book so far. I've heard and read a lot of good teaching on marriage, but I found plenty of encouragement and new insight here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Carter | 1/1/2014

    " This is the best best best book you could ever read on covenant marriage and how to be married. Powerful read. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/7/2013

    " Didn't always agree 100% with everything he said... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denes House | 11/26/2013

    " A good book, but the first few chapters are a bit of a slog. It picks up as it goes along. "

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

    " A good reflection on my own marriage, even after 21 years of experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonesey Jones | 8/8/2013

    " Excellent book. So helpful in hitting the reset button on the perspective of marriage. How our marriages picture the reality of Christ and His Bride, the Church and why that matters and what it means everyday. I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhyan | 6/25/2013

    " This book is a great place to start for a good, workable understanding of biblical marriage. For those that may not be on board with Piper it should also be known that, here, you will find all his typical insight without much reformed talk so don't let that be an obstacle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry Jin | 4/10/2013

    " The best marriage book I have read. And the chapter on singleness is Biblically profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanieandchad | 3/24/2013

    " What a great way to think of marriage!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Mccauley | 1/10/2013

    " Excellent book on marriage that clearly illustrates the purpose of marriage, to glorify God by portraying a picture of Christ and the church. This book has given me a new biblical perspective and has opened my eyes to God's covenant-keeping grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/15/2012

    " A solid, thorough, biblical exposition of marriage. A little redundant at times, but I enjoyed it overall. I especially appreciated Piper's treatment of the subject of the wife's submission, showing the glory and beauty instead of focusing simply on the prescription and duty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayson | 4/27/2012

    " The value of this book is in highlighting the "mystery" of marriage being a picture of Christ and the church. It emphasizes the most profound purpose of marriage. I plan to use this work in pre-marital counseling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Benack | 3/17/2012

    " Great book on seeing marriage first and foremost as a picture of Christ and the church. Marriage is a picture of the Gospel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Lecair | 12/29/2011

    " Read this last year - will try to post a review shortly "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/17/2011

    " Helpful and thoroughly biblical. I appreciate that he articulates the picture of the gospel that marriage is to portray. I also really enjoyed his chapters on both divorce and singleness. This book gave me a greater biblical understanding of both marriage and singleness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 3/9/2011

    " Read this last year - will try to post a review shortly "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 2/14/2011

    " I'm pretty much done. I've really enjoyed it. There is a lot of wisdom in these pages. Each chapter stands on its own. I think the intro to the book was the most eye opening to me of anything that was said in this book. I recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celess | 12/30/2010

    " This is the most Christ-centered book I've ever read on marriage. Fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ika | 11/14/2010

    " i definitely recommend this book to everyone who is questioning what marriage is all about..

    the first time i read thru this book I thought i will gain an understanding abt marriage (only). But it helped me to understand about God's love..
    & that is what we need "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 3/7/2010

    " The best marriage book I have read. And the chapter on singleness is Biblically profound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 3/7/2010

    " Great explanation of God's reason for creating marriage as a metaphor for Jesus relationship with the church. Also has good explanations about Biblical headship and submission and is insightful about parenting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 1/18/2010

    " Every to be married or married couple should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonesey | 11/6/2009

    " Excellent book. So helpful in hitting the reset button on the perspective of marriage. How our marriages picture the reality of Christ and His Bride, the Church and why that matters and what it means everyday. I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 10/26/2009

    " Piper repeatedly expresses how marriage is a covenant that exemplifies Christ's covenant with the church -- He is married to the church and will never break His covenant. This book is repitious in part, but the points he makes are so profound that they warrant repeating. "

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About the Author
Author John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor for Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis. For thirty-three years, he was pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God and Let the Nations Be Glad!

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.