About the book:
Discover how to live out a sacred marriage. You believe your marriage has eternal purposes. you long for it to reach beyond your home and encourage others. But what does it look like to have a spiritually intentional relationship in the midst of dirty dishes, work deadlines, and car pools? In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas showed us that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. Now, in A Lifelong Love, Thomas gives us the practical tools to craft our marriages into inspiring relationships that breathe spiritual life to others. Whatever season of marriage you are in, A Lifelong Love gives your the practical help you need to infuse your marriage with a spiritual passion that will not only change you but will change the world around you.
About the author:
Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today radio, and a popular speaker. His award-winning books, including The Sacred Search, have been translated into over a dozen languages and together have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Thomas and his wife have been married thirty years and have three children.
I've always loved reading books on marriage (I think I read way more of them before I was actually married, lol). I like reading these books because there is so much wisdom we can gain from listening to other couples, especially couples who have a Christ-centered marriage. I was excited to get to read this book because I'd heard good things about Gary Thomas' book Sacred Marriage (thought I haven't read it myself) and I've been looking for ways to make God the focus of our marriage.
I have to say I really enjoyed A Lifelong Love. It's a book for any couple, no matter the season of life you may be in. The book is divided into three main parts (The Magnificent Obsession, Growing Together, & The Journey Toward Love) with each chapter ending with discussion/reflection questions and a prayer. The text isn't hard to read, but I moved pretty slowly through the book because each section really gives you a lot to think about and process.
My favorite part of the book (and very different from other marriage books I have read) is that it is bursting with scripture. The Bible is our handbook to guide us through life, so why wouldn't we use it to discover how to have a successful marriage? I've discovered new ways of applying scripture to my marriage through this book. I also love that there are plenty of real life examples and practical tools given. I would definitely recommend this book to any couple looking to strengthen their marriage by making God the focal point.
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