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The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Marriage with the Wisdom of God by [Keller, Timothy]
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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)

Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians. (Christianity Today magazine)

Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him. (Billy Graham)

Do you ever feel or think that your marriage could do with a make-over? Have you read all the books? Been to marriage-enrichment weekends? Still want help and answers? Look no further - Timothy Keller has the answers, if you are serious about your relationship with the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit....This is the very best book that I have read on marriage. (Rosemary Rowe Woman Alive)

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The latest book from the New York Times bestselling author of THE REASON FOR GOD

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065NA416
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great theological and practical view on marriage and human relationships in general. Using Ephesians 5 as a base text, Tim and his wife Kathy basically give an extended opening up of the passage, which reveals amazing views of God's design and purpose for marriage and it's reflection of a triune God, as well as very real, practical advice about seeking, maintaining and delighting in a marriage relationship.

As I said in the review title, you will hopefully learn as much about God through this book as you will about relationship advice, so don't need to be contemplating marriage any time soon to read it. The Kellers also give great advice on what to seek in a potential spouse, showing how Christian values are very different from what our (particularly western) culture says we need to find a partner.

Chapter 7 is on singleness which I found really helpful and also challenging to my own views. They make the case that Christianity is one of the few world views which holds singleness in high regard and not a lesser life. It is in the church, the family of God, that singles are able to learn and grow from time with the opposite sex, in an obviously less intense way than marriage, but nonetheless just as effectively. Also a challenge to churches to love and support singles, not making them feel, in the worst case scenario, as second class Christians.
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Vintage Keller. Along with e.g. John Piper's 'This Momentary Marriage', the less theological, more practical 'Sex, Romance and the Glory of God' by CJ Mahaney, and 'Intimate Allies' by Allender and Longman, I give this to every young couple getting married in my church. Tremendously helpful during engagement, and anytime in your marriage you need to give some attention to what it's all about so it works like it should!
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There are many books on marriage out there. Out of the ones I've read this is definitely one of the best.

Tim Keller and his wife begin by taking a good look at the way the world and society around us and through history has viewed sex and marriage and how that effects views of marriage within the church, our own views too.

Having acknowledged the background we have, they then turn to the Bible to correct our distorted views of marriage.

There is a chapter for singles too, how they should view marriage. So it is not just a book for marrieds.

There is also a chapter on the controversy of headship and submission in marriage which they deal with very well.

In the end, whether you're a single, a husband or a wife, our model is the servant/leader who laid down His life for others.
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What a beautiful book this is, the depth of insight in a marriage, a friend of mine borrowed me this book and I couldn't wait to get myself a copy so I can write my own notes in it, my marriage is not perfect and I admit the book has given me a greater perspective as to how I can handle myself as a husband to my wife, I'd recommend this book to any man/woman who are dedicated in building their relationships and marriage in Gods way
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My husband and I have been married for 30 years and wish that we had read this sooner! It is a very fresh, Christian view on marriage - what it's true purpose is and in general terms how to achieve that. Written by a couple who are not afraid to admit that they have had difficult times and written for everyone - whether married or single.
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Extremely helpful book for understanding what marriage is, and the implications of that. I read this in preparation for getting married, and discussing it with my fiancee was a wonderful way of deepening our relationship. Keller sets out realistic expectations for marriage, helping us look forward to marriage without seeing it as the fulfilment of our lives. This book is a lifelong investment, and will no doubt be re-read over the years.
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Great book on healthy relationships and marriage. My wife and I read it before we got married 3 years ago, and it's been the basis of a solid foundation so far. I recommend it to everyone I know
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The book have given us new perspectives on our marriage. It shows some of the challenges, that marriage is met with from the time, we live in. It helps taking the "unhealthy" focus on your self away and put it on your husband/spouse and on other people. And it helps having more realistic expectations to marriage.
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