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Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be by [Ash, Christopher]
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'An excellent, challenging and helpful book.'
-- Martin and Elizabeth Goldsmith

'Refreshing, rigorous and readable. This book acts as a corrective to exaggerated claims and self-indulgent attitudes concerning wedlock endemic in our culture ... -- John and Ann Benton

About the Author

Christopher Ash works for the Proclamation Trust as Director of the Cornhill Training Course. He is author of 'Marriage' and 'Out of the Storm' (both IVP). He is married to Carolyn and they have three sons and a daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (1 July 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BTFYDG2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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My fiancée and I are Christians and really wanted in addition to our Pre- marriage counselling a book did not offer a "pop psychological" answer for every situation but a book that got down to the heart of married life from a biblical perspective.

This book does this and it challenges you to take a closer look at marriage it demographic includes from those embarking, those who are already in a lifelong commitment and single folk. It places a healthy focus on being complete in Jesus Christ and looking to Him to be your all and as you grow in your relationship with Him, when or if He brings a mate your way, your attitude will be that this person a gift and it will avoid you falling into idolatry.

Since the focus is the relationship you have with Jesus and a by-product of this relationship is fulfilling all the commands that he has set out in His word concerning marriage.

This is a most excellent find and I encourage those whose are engaged, married and single to read this book it will change the way you see the institution.

Agape Judy and Nathan
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Ash's writing is biblically soaked, and this means his approach to sex and marriage expresses itself differently from most other discussions of the subject (including many "Christian" books). His perspective on marriage and sex begins with the recognition that God gave man and woman to one another for a purpose - that they are to exist in relationship in order to help one another. This is very different from our more normal cultural assumption that relationships are primarily about keeping us from being lonely, or meeting our sexual needs. No, Ash is clear, we are given to one another in order to work together, which is why the Bible says that Eve was given to Adam as a `helper' rather than as a `companion'. "Marriage is not the remedy for loneliness. Not all human beings are able to marry, but all human beings are invited into fellowship with God and with one another in Jesus Christ...we should want marriages that serve God. If they are sexually and personally fulfilled, well and good. But if they do not serve God, no amount of personal fulfilment will make them right." And as part of this approach, sex should become sex in the service of God.

Sex is sex in the service of God when it is fruitful. God's plan for sex was for "pro-creating (creating on his behalf) potential gardeners to join his team." While discussing this, Ash spends some time speaking to those who are unable to have children as this is one of the most painful things anyone can experience. But this pastoral sensitivity does not prevent him from being clear about the fruitful intent of sex in the service of God.

Ash is also very clear about how marriage requires faithfulness, and how sacrificial love (or the marriage institution) is good gift of grace.
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Just the best book about marriage you can buy. Christopher demonstrates that marriage is more than just the two of us, but is given that we might serve God together. Far more helpful than the usual Christianised pop-psychology books. Readable, practical biblical theology.
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This book started off excellently with the first chapter firmly putting God in the centre. This book, unlike so many Christian and secular marriage books, considers marriage should have God in the centre and it's not about "what I can get out of it". The book isn't a step-by-step guide to a successful marriage but discusses the underlying biblical themes and how to relate them to relationships in the 21st century.

Unfortunately for me this book was set in a very specific theological framework (conservative evangelical) and there were parts of it with which I disagreed which spoiled the overall effect. The author deals with some difficult subjects (submission of women, that people who don't want children shouldn't marry) and also glancingly mentions some others (homosexuality, divorce, acceptable methods of contraception) within his conservative tradition in a rather over-simplistic way (to this reader, at least). He briefly touches on singleness but the main thrust of the book is the importance of God at the centre of marriage and that marriage is about having children. It's well written but I think would appeal mainly to those from his tradition because of the awkward nature of some of his pronouncements about current issues.
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My Fiancée and I are reading this book at the moment and it's really helpful in understanding the purpose behind God creating marriage, would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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