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Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas
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Dec 23, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: marriage-family
Recommended for: married couples who want to integrate their faith with their marriage
Read in September, 2007

"Sacred Marriage" by Gary L. Thomas. I especially liked how he compared Christ's relationship to his church with the marriage relationship. Gary Thomas brings up things I hadn't considered before, like when he wrote about how a couple's vows and commitment to each other in marriage can be just as much a testimony of God's grace as a single person's vow of abstinence before God. Another thought he raised: working to relate meaningfully to one's spouse could go hand-in-hand with relating meaningfully with God (or vice-versa, or without one, the other may suffer). Another thought: the spouse you have now is the only one you can have an optimal relationship with, and not with anyone else. I especially appreciated how Gary Thomas spent considerable time telling his own marriage story and the stories of people he knows. Subtitled "What if marriage wasn't designed to make you happy, but to make you holy", he describes a couple's marriage relationship as often the crucible that brings about holiness: such as when he and his wife had very seemingly incompatible career goals and how they compromised and worked it out, and how his friend struggled to maintain spiritual integrity through a divorce.

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