- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 5 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781594631870
- ISBN-13: 978-1594631870
- ASIN: 1594631875
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 20.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
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The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God Paperback – Nov 5 2013
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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
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. I found the transparent, thought out approach very refreshing and cause for reflection by everyone who has to deal with marriage either personally or within a counselling context. The book definitely does not paint the common stereotypes of Christian male/womanhood that is often part of evangelical christian descriptions of marriage.
Finally, one comes away with the idea that marriage can be fun, that there is much happiness, a profound happiness, that comes from walking through this sometimes very difficult life with someone who is walking with you, in the same direction, who takes part in your adventure, and vice versa. When the challenges come, there is comfort in being two. The Kellers say much when they describe marriage as a very strong friendship that grows into a romantic relationship. It is always better to face the world and to build with someone by your side, no? Perhaps this is something we have lost in our time and place in history. The Kellers do a nice job of restating this idea as a critical part of the foundation of marital relationships.
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!
I very much appreciate all the information in this book. It is easy read & I found it difficult to put it down - wanted to continue reading & learning more on the subject (what the author had learned & is sharing). VERY grateful for this book. Wish we had received it as part of marriage counseling 40 years ago! Very practical.
I recommend that this book be added to all marriage counseling sessions. A must read for better beginnings. As the author states, we change as soon as we are married & there begins the process of adjustments & learning to work together on a marriage that lasts a life time.
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