Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

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  • Title: Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?
  • Author: Gary L. Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780310337379
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

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  • Gary L. Thomas

    Gary Thomas writing and speaking focuses on bringing people closer to Christ and closer to others He is the author of 18 books that have been translated into a dozen languages These books include A Lifelong Love, Sacred Marriage What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy , The Sacred Search What If It s Not About Who You Marry, but Why , Sacred Pathways, and the Gold Medallion award winner Authentic Faith Gary holds an MA degree in systematic theology from Regent College, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary He serves on the teaching team and as Writer in Residence at Second Baptist Church, Houston, and is an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation how we can integrate Scripture, church history, and the time tested wisdom of the Christian classics into our modern experience of faith Gary s speaking ministry has led him to speak in 49 states and ten different countries, and on numerous national television and radio programs, including multiple appearances on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today Gary enjoys running in his spare time and has completed 12 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times He and his wife Lisa have been married for 31 years and they have three adult children.



233 thoughts on “Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

  • This book began with several problems for me, and really the best chapters come toward the end First, I wasn t particularly fond of the portrayal of women in the book as always housewives or working women toppled by their ambition I couldn t decide if this was because Thomas s own wife was a housewife and so that was the male female relationship he knew to speak about, which seems reasonable, or if he very firmly holds to a complementarian view of men and women, which often is a tricky business [...]


  • This book is absolutely amazing The tag on the cover sums it up What if God designed marriage to make us holy than to make us happy This is a ground breaking concept in today s world of serial divorces We seem to shop for spouses like we shop for new clothes When the marriage gets difficult, or just worn out, we get a new wife or husband But what if marriage is supposed to be hard What if the worse in for better or for worse is pretty much a guarantee, and designed by God, to draw us closer to [...]


  • For the first time in four or five years, I did a Bible Study this summer that wasn t an inductive study To be quite honest, I was a bit fearful that I would hate doing a book study I can t stand how to books and really hate being led by the nose to a specific conclusion Issues with authority, you think So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself really enjoy this book Here s why 1 This isn t a how to book Instead of giving us a list of things to do to make our marriages better, Thomas encourag [...]


  • I got rid of my copy before finishing it roughly four years ago Between my incomplete reading and poor memory, I am probably doing the book a disservice But here are some of my criticisms 1 I don t think the main purpose of marriage is to make us holy rather than happy Marriage was portrayed as a crucible designed to reveal our selfishness and sinfulness If God instituted marriage before the Fall, I don t see how the hypothesis can hold up Yes, God can, and does, use everything in our lives to m [...]


  • Sacred Marriage continues to be my go to book on marriage which by definition for me could be restated as Christian marriage This is my third reading, and I still find myself underlining, hmm ing out loud, and learning Thomas treats marriage with a respect far greater toward God than for happiness, and that makes this book unique and profound.The subtitle explains the premise of the book What if God designed marriage to make us holy than to make us happy This question is one that is explored on [...]


  • Sacred Marriage is not a book that seeks to tell you how to have a happier marriage It s not even a book that seeks to tell you how to have a better marriage than you currently have It is, rather, a book that tells you how to endure your marriage Cheery, no But if you accept marriage as a life long proposition, then chances are, there will be times, perhaps seasons, when you simply do have to endure it, and I have yet to discover another book that advises people how to endure those times while g [...]


  • So why would the unmarried girl want to read a book about marriage Well, my recently married friend Brittney was reading it in a couples Bible study She said thought was helpful for married people, but she really wanted to give it to all her unmarried friends because she thought it would set up some realistic expectations for marriage what, it s not all rainbows and unicorns And seeing as most of our single friends would tell her where she could kindly stick the book, she thought I would be op [...]


  • A thought provoking and challenging book on the way marriage can be used to build character and foster a servant hearted, humble attitude in each spouse When the media is saturated with notions of self fulfillment and romance as the most important elements of a happy marriage, Gary Thomas paints a picture of what he calls a sacred marriage , shaped by sacrificial love and the spiritual disciplines of forgiveness, perseverance, and respect.Some gems from the book When disagreements arise, the nat [...]


  • I read the first few chapters of this book when I was newly engaged, as my pastor recommended it to my husband and I to read as part of our pre marriage counseling In the throes of my soon to be wed state, I didn t take the words of this book too seriously I thought to myself, Of course I m going to love and serve my husband Of course I am going to grow spiritually Dissension in my marriage NEVER However, five years have passed and I revisited this book, reading it through to the end This book r [...]


  • 4.5 There was a lot to appreciate in this book The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it was written by a man, Gary Thomas That sounded a little crazy, so let me explain He wrote largely from his point of view as a husband and man seeking God, so while I found it very helpful and even inspiring that men out there work so hard at their marriage and relationship with God, there was just something missing Overall, this book encourages you to accept marriage as a challenge for maturity [...]


  • Original Review posted HEREI think every married couple should read this book Of course, if you are not a believer in Jesus, you probably won t like it But, I found the book both comforting and challenging.Gary Thomas writes in a way that s easy to understand and follow with several appropriate anecdotes to illustrate his points I usually have a hard time reading non fiction, but this book flowed nicely It took me a long time to read because there is so much meat in it to process Further, he use [...]


  • This book could have been condensed into one chapter In my opinion, he s a little too heavy handed with the whole idea of marriage as a spiritual discipline Although there is some element of truth in what he s saying, he comes across as being himself in a pretty joyless marriage due to having married very young I will confess that part of my annoyance with the book is his complementarian view of gender roles, which I staunchly disagree with But not a bad read entirely He is right in that most pe [...]


  • Fantastic book on marriageI have never read a Christian book on marriage that placed such a high priority on the sanctification aspect of marriage His discussion of marital sex was even placed within the context of sanctification The last chapter was undoubtedly my favourite The struggle between individual calling and marriage was addressed How does one live out ones individual calling within the context of marriage Thomas gives a great answer.


  • This book is full of interesting insights and things to think about and to be fair, I think I would get a lot out of it if I re read it a time or two I don t read a lot of books on marriage or parenting any because you have to admit the formula of you re doin it wrong, let me show you the one true way gets really old not to mention contradictory and confusing What I love most about this book is that is NOT at all like that You won t find 7 tips to communicate better, or sex secrets every couple [...]


  • A powerful look at marriage as a means to making you holy , not happy This isn t a book that advocates staying in an unhealthy relationship, nor an anti divorce rhetoric Rather, it is a book that teaches that marriage has a place in an active and healthy spiritual life, and is a spiritual calling, as much as celibacy was to the faithful nuns and monks of the middle ages Marriage is a joy and a gift, but also a training ground and mirror for our relationship to Christ Gary Thomas concise and rela [...]


  • My women s group used this book to guide discussions on a weekly basis for about six months The group contained women with kids, without kids, single, divorce, remarried, widowed, and with traditional marriages Everyone got something out of the discussions that took place despite their current situation The author uses a lot of examples to try to get points across Some are better than others, but all were helpful in getting the discussion going The one chapter we lingered on the longest was the [...]


  • WOW Every couple should read this book and every couple getting ready to get married should read this book Gary Thomas did a powerful job of showing how marriage is not about our indiviual happiness but about how we can grow in holiness The copy that I just read was a library book, but if it had been mine it would have been dog eared and full of stars and underlines My perspective of marriage has been greatly altered and I look forward to the years ahead that God gives us with a renewed passion. [...]


  • It is an empty victory when we imagine that we have somehow guarded ourselves against the influences of a corrupt culture by throwing a string of letters before every video game, television show and movie, warning us of the dangers that lay beyond The trouble is that there are perfectly clean movies that are free of obscene language, nudity and violence yet still portray a system of values out of sync with a Christian worldview Though far subtle, it is these dangers that can destroy the homes o [...]


  • 9 of 10 people found the following review helpful My new favorite marriage book, August 11, 2005I used to give out copies of Bryan Chapell s wonderful Each for the Other Before that my favorite book on marriage had been Mike Mason The Mystery of Marriage Thomas is my new favorite He shows that the design of marriage is not for our mere happiness It is so much greater than that Its central purpose is our holiness In this approach, God alone is acknowledged as Lord of our lives He is central to ma [...]


  • Excellent book on marriage which right out of the gate challenges the prevailing social myths about marriage and its purpose in society Thomas starts off with a quick review of the Romantic period and its influence on how we perceive marriage and what we expect out of it un dying romantic love and bliss, a partner who s focused solely on your needs, etc He points out that this is a relatively recent phenomenon and that marriage was not always perceived this way He then posits a pretty pivotal qu [...]


  • Gary Thomas is a new favorite author of mine I ve read The Sacred Search and Sacred Influence, as well, but Sacred Marriage is my favorite because it changed my viewpoint on marriage What if God designed marriage to make us holy than to make us happy, indeed As an aside, some brand new wives may find Sacred Influence a practically relevant read because, while springboarding off of Sacred Marriage, Sacred Influence is geared toward wives with husbands who are unbelievers, angry, etc.Sacred Marr [...]


  • This was an amazing book, truly a gift from God I enjoy read marriage books, I have a passion for marriage ministry Author Gary Thomas is a n amazing writer I do believe God designed marriage to make us holy Happiness is a journey the same as Holiness I would definitely recommend this book to single and married couples.


  • Ok I ll think about it I swore off marriage books years ago.er for me to focus on my submission to God let the run off improve my marriagebut this one has an interesting bent.


  • Great book There is a plethora of spiritual guidance within the work It is clear and concise A caveat is that it seems to be vague and spread thin It lacks practical advice, but replaces practicality with an unbiased presentation of Christian tradition this might be the most impressive part of the book The fact that the author who is Protestant, evaluates and accepts ideas from Catholic as well as Orthodox Church fathers, shows a flexibility and tolerance valuable in marriage itself Great work N [...]




  • This is a good book, especially for vision casting re what a good marriage could should look like Thomas s premise, that the Church has historically focused on serving God and sanctification in singleness vs as part of a couple rings true, and I m glad that he has added to the voices speaking about these things in the context of marriage If you re married, or heading towards marriage, this book should be on the top of your to read list.There were several points where the book felt like it was ne [...]


  • Marriage A Spiritual Discipline Marriage A Spiritual Discipline How has Gary Thomas sold half a million copies of a book about marriage that does not promise readers a happier marriage No promise of six steps to intimate pillow talk No descriptions of three tips for zip The fact is that Sacred Marriage The Revised Edition talks about the challenges and disappointments that come with married life, our ugly attitudes and our selfishness, and it asks this important question What if God designed m [...]


  • This book took me forever to read because it was so convicting If you are looking for a book that will challenge you to become a better spouse and Christian, this is for you Not for the faint of heart, it will have you asking for forgiveness at every page But if you are willing to let God use this book in your life, you will not regret it.


  • Gary Thomas Sacred Marriage What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More than to Make Us Happy is now revised and updated for a new day, drawing on the biblical wisdom for which Thomas has been known in books past Marriage, for Christians, is than a sacred covenant with another person It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him fully, and love him deeply.Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams But th [...]


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