[From Noel] The Meaning of Marriage, written by Dr. Tim Keller and his wife Kathy is one of the richest and wisest books on sex, marriage, dating, and parenting that I have ever read. It is based on a series of sermons Keller preached at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan 20 years ago and is filled with practical advice as well as a rich study of the Bible and how it relates to marriage. Julie says that if you are only able to read one book on marriage this year, read this one. It’ll change your marriage.
Many people today have an incredibly unrealistic view of marriage. They either think of marriage as this perfect union of uninterrupted happiness and are sorely disappointed, or they think of marriage as drudgery and unconsciously make it so. Both takes are unrealistic; the truth is somewhere in the middle. As a result, many people aren’t making good decisions when they consider who would make a good marriage partner.
The entire book is based on Keller’s study of Eph 5:18-33. In these Bible verses the apostle Paul frames marriage as an expression of what Jesus accomplished in coming to Earth and dying for our sins. This is what makes this book so rich: it is completely soaked in the good news of Jesus.
Marriage doesn’t need a new definition, or a new commitment to following a new set of rules. For a marriage to be successful, two people need to understand what it is they are involved in. Successful marriages are made Continue reading