“What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?” Though I first read Sacred Marriage in 2007, this tagline has stuck with me over the years. “To do this, we must not enter marriage predominately to be fulfilled, emotionally satisfied, or romantically charged, but rather to become more like Jesus Christ.” Throughout the book, Gary Thomas elaborates on this thought by exploring themes such as love, respect, sin, perseverance, forgiveness, sexuality, and spiritual development as they relate to the marriage relationship. The included discussion questions can easily be used for individual study, reading as a couple, or studying with a small group.
Of the several books that PJ and I read as part of premarital counseling, Sacred Marriage was my favorite. While I had not yet experienced the particulars of marriage discussed in the book, I appreciated Thomas’s high view of both God and marriage. Re-reading the book almost eight years into marriage was a wonderful opportunity to revisit these important themes with a few years of experience to back up an earlier theoretical reading. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to be married, is engaged, or has been married for any length of time. It is a valuable resource to be read time and again throughout marriage.
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLook Bloggers.