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Gary L. Thomas

What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

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Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas is a Christian-based book that redefines marriage as a spiritual discipline for mutual spiritual and personal growth. It presents practical approaches towards building a thriving relationship that can endure challenges.

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    Grow closer to your spouse to grow closer to God.

    Hands up if you thought marriage was going to be just like the movies: endless love, cuddles, and deep connection. And now hands up if you’re facing reality – that marriage is also daily struggles, challenges, and mundane routine.

    OK, so marriage doesn’t guarantee pure bliss. But it was never meant to be easy. That’s because marriage is, at its core, a pathway to greater holiness. A union between two people requires humility, compassion, and sacrifice – the same principles that Jesus lived by.

    These blinks show you how to gain spiritual insight from your relationship in the best and worst of times. In getting closer to your spouse, you’ll get closer to God and be filled with a renewed sense of love and purpose.

    In these blinks, you’ll learn

    • how loving your spouse pleases God;
    • how embracing difficulty builds character; and
    • how sex can nourish your spirituality.
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    What is Sacred Marriage about?

    Sacred Marriage (2000) is an exploration of how to bring God into your marriage. Probing the boundaries of love, it provides practical advice and spiritual wisdom to help you and your marriage transcend to a holier place.

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    Sacred Marriage (2000) offers a fresh perspective on marriage and explores how it can be a spiritual practice that transforms individuals. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Challenging conventional notions surrounding marriage, it encourages readers to view their relationships as an opportunity for personal growth and spiritual development.
    • By combining biblical wisdom, personal stories, and practical advice, the book provides practical insights that can help navigate the complexities of married life.
    • With its thought-provoking ideas on love, commitment, and vulnerability, the book keeps readers engaged and offers a fresh perspective on the significance of marriage.

    Who should read Sacred Marriage?

    • Christian newlyweds seeking long-term marriage advice
    • Spiritual spouses struggling to find happiness in their relationship
    • Couples craving a deeper connection and higher purpose

    About the Author

    Gary Thomas’s work focuses on how the wisdom of the scriptures can be integrated into our modern lives. He’s a professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon; the author of multiple books; and a frequent guest on the podcast FamilyLife Today.

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    What is the main message of Sacred Marriage?

    The main message of Sacred Marriage is that marriage can be a tool for personal and spiritual growth.

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    Is Sacred Marriage a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Sacred Marriage is worth reading as it provides valuable insights on how marriage can be a transformative journey.

    Who is the author of Sacred Marriage?

    The author of Sacred Marriage is Gary L. Thomas.

    What to read after Sacred Marriage?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Sacred Marriage, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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