The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God Hardcover – Nov 1 2011
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"This is a book Christians need to read." —The Christian Post
"The rare marriage book I would heartily recommend to any single, no matter his or her age, whether dating, courting, engaged, or disinterested . . . Rich and practical." —The Gospel Coalition
"A brilliant new book that explains why marriage is in such dire straits, and how to rescue it." —BreakPoint
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About the Author
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. He is the author of The Songs of Jesus, Prayer, Encounters with Jesus, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, and Every Good Endeavor, among others, including the perennial bestsellers The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.
Kathy Keller grew up outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Allegheny College, where she led Christian fellowship groups, before attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She met Timothy Keller while studying there, and they were married at the beginning of their final semester. She received her MA in Theological Studies at Gordon-Conwell in 1975. Kathy and Tim then moved to Virginia, where Tim started at his first church, West Hopewell Presbyterian Church, and their three sons were born. After nine years, Kathy and her family moved to New York City to start the Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
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So it is only logical that in this relationship that most closely mirrors God's own relationship to humans, there is the idea of service of one to the other, for the good, for the happiness and fulfillment of the other. Marriage is about what I will do to make the other more themselves. It is not about what I can get out of the other. The subtle reflection is made that marriage, even blissfully happy marriage, is not complete. It is a signpost, pointing in another direction, in a direction where there is the greatest joy.
I particularly appreciated the ease with which the Kellers (written by Tim and Kathy Keller) were able to address the issue of the husband-wife relationship within the traditional questions of gender roles. These have been very painful issues in the church, often visible to non-christian observers.Read more ›
The points made in the book are easy to understand, as is the language that Mr. Keller employs. The footnotes are a great help too. One thing I would recommend, is that of you Are going through this book with your spouse or potential spouse (or even just yourself) take notes. Keep a journal and share it with your significant other. Talk about what was laid on your heart while reading, discuss, and remember.
We live in a society today of putting oneself first. And that is one main issues why so many marriages and dating/courting relationships struggle today. Marriage is not the "you complete me" mentality from the movie Jerry McGuire, but rather a desire to see the other person grow--giving up of oneself for the benefit of the other (and vice-versa from the other person in the relationship).
If both people can come together with this knowledge and desire, this is the first positive step towards a long lasting successful marriage. This is what I have learned thus far from Mr. Keller's book. It has been such a blessing and encouragement!
Keller uses Ephesians 5 as a bedrock, showing how Paul ideas about marriage are not only challenging in our time, but would have disturbed Paul's contemporary audience. The Bible is a guide to all times, challenging contemporary norms with its timeless guiding principles.
Early on, Keller identifies self-centeredness as the main threat to the viability of a marriage. This is rightly established first - then he goes on to bring in other ideas which are helpful once centered on this principle, such as "love languages" or as Keller neatly refers to them, "currencies".
Among other things, Keller tackles singleness as a viable way of life, gender issues (with the help of his wife), and of course, a right view of sex.
This is definitely the sort of book you can read twice or five times, take notes and use to make your own approach to marriage much, much better.
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Introduced by a friend and I ordered one to read. It is very worthwhile to read whether you are single, dating or married. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Artist
This is one of the most biblically based book on marriage that I have read so far!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A recommended read for those in a marriage, engaged, or single and thinking about marriage, particularly what a Christian view of marriage can look like.Published 5 months ago by Eirro
A must read for singles and marrieds and thinking-about-marrieds. Puts a lot of things into new perspective.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very helpful book for the student as well as the individual and couplePublished 12 months ago by alternate reality
The author brings up realistic expectation of what marriage is about in this book.Published 18 months ago by C.L.
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