I don't read a lot of books on marriage or parenting anymore because you have to admit the formula of "you're doin' it wrong, let me show you the one true way!" Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.

It’s cutting yourself free from the tentacles of a demonic octopus that refuses to let loose. This is more akin to the people that Scripture so often warns us about. Pls check out our New Users’ Info page as it gives tips for how to guard your safety while commenting on the blog. I don’t know how anyone can look at a lot of married people and say marriage makes you holy. We were created for a purpose in God’s mind, not to be a substitute sacrifice for another’s sin against us. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Glad to know I wasn’t alone in my thoughts about this book.

It seems like this book may be focused more toward the ‘bro’ husband, and in that case, then I guess it makes sense. Sexual Saints (Book Review, Sacred Marriage, Part 3) 0 Shares. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it was written by a man, Gary Thomas. I was rather proud of her for being able to spot the trouble so easily. That’s a heavy burden of guilt which Gary tries to justify by taking Scripture out of context. It is NOT revolutionary. What I love most about this book is that is NOT at all like that. What about the self-seeking nature of the abusive spouse? There is a 3 star review on Amazon by ‘anonymous’ about Gary’s book “Cherish”. 480-833-1983 The winner takes all. (What?) Read 739 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared and has never been found. He suggests the purpose of marriage is not primarily our happiness but our holiness, and when holiness is the pursuit, happiness/satisfaction often follows. Trouble is, not everybody wants that help. This was an excellent read to supplement premarital counseling for my fiancé and I, but it is also would be a wonderful tool for seasoned couples going through a rough patch.

Let me repeat this: You will never find a spouse who is not affected in some way by the reality of the fall. Praise God for His faithfulness to never abandon us in our need! The author uses a lot of examples to try to get points across. And if marriage makes us holy, then what do single people do? Gary Thomas' concise and relatable writing, combined with his use of scriptural truths, sacred writings, and contemporary references get across a simple, but under-heard message; that marriage is a spiritual discipline.

In addition, he has also published several helps, including a participants guide, and a devotional. This book instructs both the persons involved in moving closer to God through the art of Marriage. This book instructs both the persons involved in moving closer to God through the art of Marriage. Read with a heart wide open. And I don’t want to be deceptive by appearing as though i don’t know who wrote the review, because it was me…. There was a flood of responses from people. He also needs to learn that marriage was not intended by God to be a war zone where the wife is constantly running, ducking and dodging abuse in all its vast forms. Mother Goose, I’m proud of your daughter too! Your email address will not be published. Everyone got something out of the discussions that took place despite their current situation. Some readers feel that Thomas’ theories are based on antiquated and stereotypical gender definitions. This mentality of entitlement defines the very essence of the abuser. They will protect their turf, their “ministry,” their business at all costs.

This is very prevalent where we live. We see women as physically weak, easy to intimidate, bound to the menial tasks of motherhood, emotional, illogical and often petty. I found it inspiring. He holds so tightly to his “right” to say and do the things he does that if he finally does apologize for that specific thing and admit it was wrong, it rings so hollow. Hi Diane, welcome to the blog! But it has always been my desire to find whom I would marry, and once I found her, well, why wait pointlessly when I know that I desire to be with her, and serve her, for the rest of my life? I had shelved this book for years thinking it would be just like other marriage books, but it definitely is not. Sacred Marriage would be a benefit for this cause. 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. 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. This makes me so sick. Thank you IamMyBeloved’s for sharing this experience. It also made you thing about how God views marriage vs how today's society looks at it and has cheapened its meaning to "what's in it for me." I have read bits and pieces of this book before and it really helps my spiritual and married life. But not a bad read entirely. Cheery, no? Also, please COMMENT and let me know what you think! In his newest book, Cherish, he does a much better job referencing abuse, particularly emotional abuse. And people of this nature only care about rank, position and the perceived control and power that come with it. Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst. In my experience abusers don’t want to change, because either they enjoy the game, or they benefit from the situation they’re in. Sacred Marriage? These people (whether authors or pastors) begin to see themselves with arrogance and let pride be the voice that drives them. Other than that, if you can read past the gender biases, it is a solid message and a book every couple should read, not just for your marriage, but for yourself.

But is that the ultimate goal of marriage? From this post, “Dr. One can only expect the author to write from their own experience, so I couldn't expect Thomas to include couples that may be outside of his personal network. The full title for Thomas’ book is “Sacred Marriage: What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”. Of course I am going to grow spiritually. I bet he has never actually wished his dad WOULD abandon the family and disappear, leaving the rest of the family on welfare perhaps, but finally having peace and safety.

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The title provides a good summary of what Thomas writes about; his main points revolve around what God desires for marriage, and he provides illustrations of what that covenant of marriage looks like; providing examples from others, as well as from his own marriage. And as abusive entities they will make these victims PAY for forcing these tyrants to change their tactics. That was a revelation to me. A divorce is a piece of paper granted by a human court. An example is the Drew Peterson case. Please do hear the speech. I have yet to see one of them repent when admonished regarding the errors and false doctrine they have been teaching. Yep.

Maybe I’m wrong, but thus far all I’ve seen is him say “Abuse is bad. But I wanted more than just an hour long sermon, or even a sermon series, I wanted something that I could chew and digest on my own time; something I could carry with me, and something that had sound biblical wisdom… I wanted to read a book on marriage.

The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, but only if we want to follow. 3. None. It made me see my husband in a different way and made me think of my marriage as a mission from God. Many victims of abuse thought it was wonderful that Gary was waking up to how widespread domestic abuse is in christendom. It pours zest and strength and purpose into an otherwise wasted life” – Thomas, pg. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy at Amazon.com. Most people look to their marriage for happiness. “For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not from the Father but from the world.” 1 Jn 2:16, “For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,

The author claims that not only will reading this book change you as an individual, but also your marriage, and your spiritual life. As long as the two people in marriage are relatively equal in regards to their care and concern for each other, the advice given should help their marriages tremendously. I really liked the thoughts you shared about this book on another thread. Take the false teachers at Galatia or at Corinth for example.

Considering how the world views marriage, especially in America, it's easy to get swept up into assuming marriage is all about you and romance and the surface stuff.

1 – Because his “teaching” isn’t real; he has no understanding of abuse, he has just decided to jump on the abuse wagon to make himself look good to the rest of the world. not so. WOW! He is exercising his God-given free-will to make his own choice…”. However, I wish it was less ‘male’ or ‘female’ focused.

It is also fundamentally wrong. This book is based on Biblical teachings, examples from Christian history and literature, as well as everyday examples of its application in modern Christian marriages. “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”, “The key question is this: Will we approach marriage from a God-centered view or a man-centered view? This isn't a book that advocates staying in an unhealthy relationship, nor an anti-divorce rhetoric. I will be reading this one again and taking notes for sure. Alissa is married, has one human, one feline, and two canine kids. Gary Thomas's Sacred Marriage has attained the rank of a contemporary classic. You keep track of all my sorrows. (If anyone is interested, his comment is on the link that Barbara posted above.). This book speaks plainly about a lot of issues that people deal with in marital relationships. 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. Amen Debbie…………it was either get out or go crazy……….and I chose sanity!

During that session, she confided in him that she was thinking about filing for divorce because she believed Drew had murdered wife #3—Kathleen Savio. Every day that we resist the pull of the world to obey Christ, we are walking in holiness. I thought to myself, "Of course I'm going to love and serve my husband. Well, not a bit, a lot! This book doesn't promise seven steps to a better marriage, nor does it even promise to make your marriage better. I pray God holds all these bondage makers accountable for destroying His people through false ideas, notions and teaching.

I don't read a lot of books on marriage or parenting anymore because you have to admit the formula of "you're doin' it wrong, let me show you the one true way!" Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.

It’s cutting yourself free from the tentacles of a demonic octopus that refuses to let loose. This is more akin to the people that Scripture so often warns us about. Pls check out our New Users’ Info page as it gives tips for how to guard your safety while commenting on the blog. I don’t know how anyone can look at a lot of married people and say marriage makes you holy. We were created for a purpose in God’s mind, not to be a substitute sacrifice for another’s sin against us. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Glad to know I wasn’t alone in my thoughts about this book.

It seems like this book may be focused more toward the ‘bro’ husband, and in that case, then I guess it makes sense. Sexual Saints (Book Review, Sacred Marriage, Part 3) 0 Shares. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it was written by a man, Gary Thomas. I was rather proud of her for being able to spot the trouble so easily. That’s a heavy burden of guilt which Gary tries to justify by taking Scripture out of context. It is NOT revolutionary. What I love most about this book is that is NOT at all like that. What about the self-seeking nature of the abusive spouse? There is a 3 star review on Amazon by ‘anonymous’ about Gary’s book “Cherish”. 480-833-1983 The winner takes all. (What?) Read 739 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared and has never been found. He suggests the purpose of marriage is not primarily our happiness but our holiness, and when holiness is the pursuit, happiness/satisfaction often follows. Trouble is, not everybody wants that help. This was an excellent read to supplement premarital counseling for my fiancé and I, but it is also would be a wonderful tool for seasoned couples going through a rough patch.

Let me repeat this: You will never find a spouse who is not affected in some way by the reality of the fall. Praise God for His faithfulness to never abandon us in our need! The author uses a lot of examples to try to get points across. And if marriage makes us holy, then what do single people do? Gary Thomas' concise and relatable writing, combined with his use of scriptural truths, sacred writings, and contemporary references get across a simple, but under-heard message; that marriage is a spiritual discipline.

In addition, he has also published several helps, including a participants guide, and a devotional. This book instructs both the persons involved in moving closer to God through the art of Marriage. This book instructs both the persons involved in moving closer to God through the art of Marriage. Read with a heart wide open. And I don’t want to be deceptive by appearing as though i don’t know who wrote the review, because it was me…. There was a flood of responses from people. He also needs to learn that marriage was not intended by God to be a war zone where the wife is constantly running, ducking and dodging abuse in all its vast forms. Mother Goose, I’m proud of your daughter too! Your email address will not be published. Everyone got something out of the discussions that took place despite their current situation. Some readers feel that Thomas’ theories are based on antiquated and stereotypical gender definitions. This mentality of entitlement defines the very essence of the abuser. They will protect their turf, their “ministry,” their business at all costs.

This is very prevalent where we live. We see women as physically weak, easy to intimidate, bound to the menial tasks of motherhood, emotional, illogical and often petty. I found it inspiring. He holds so tightly to his “right” to say and do the things he does that if he finally does apologize for that specific thing and admit it was wrong, it rings so hollow. Hi Diane, welcome to the blog! But it has always been my desire to find whom I would marry, and once I found her, well, why wait pointlessly when I know that I desire to be with her, and serve her, for the rest of my life? I had shelved this book for years thinking it would be just like other marriage books, but it definitely is not. Sacred Marriage would be a benefit for this cause. 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. 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. This makes me so sick. Thank you IamMyBeloved’s for sharing this experience. It also made you thing about how God views marriage vs how today's society looks at it and has cheapened its meaning to "what's in it for me." I have read bits and pieces of this book before and it really helps my spiritual and married life. But not a bad read entirely. Cheery, no? Also, please COMMENT and let me know what you think! In his newest book, Cherish, he does a much better job referencing abuse, particularly emotional abuse. And people of this nature only care about rank, position and the perceived control and power that come with it. Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst. In my experience abusers don’t want to change, because either they enjoy the game, or they benefit from the situation they’re in. Sacred Marriage? These people (whether authors or pastors) begin to see themselves with arrogance and let pride be the voice that drives them. Other than that, if you can read past the gender biases, it is a solid message and a book every couple should read, not just for your marriage, but for yourself.

But is that the ultimate goal of marriage? From this post, “Dr. One can only expect the author to write from their own experience, so I couldn't expect Thomas to include couples that may be outside of his personal network. The full title for Thomas’ book is “Sacred Marriage: What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”. Of course I am going to grow spiritually. I bet he has never actually wished his dad WOULD abandon the family and disappear, leaving the rest of the family on welfare perhaps, but finally having peace and safety.

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