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Resources on Gospel-Shaped Marriage & Dating

November 16, 2009



  • Sacred Marriage (Gary Thomas) – argues that marriage is for holiness as much as it is for happiness. Love this quote: “We don’t fall out of love as much as we fall out of repentance.”
  • When Sinners Say I Do (Harvey) – heavy on the gospel-centered dynamic between husband and wife
  • God, Marriage, & Family (Kostenberger) – uber-biblical, with a twist of practical. Great for reference and finer concerns.
  • The Momentary Marriage/free ebook (Piper) – God-centered, biblical, and practical. I really enjoyed this new book by Piper that sets your marriage in the larger context of the glory of God and the mission of the church.
  • The Mystery of Marriage (Mason) – more philosophical reflections on marriage. Our copy of this book is legendary. We read it in 2000 and keep bumping into people who have read our copy, and say they love the book. Weird.
  • Love that Lasts Riccucis – marital wisdom for a lifetime. The Riccucis are transparent and helpful.

Also see recent sermon: Restoring the Symmetry: Marriage & Singleness

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2009 2:44 pm

    Jonathan. Need to add to the list “Each for the Other” by Bryan Chapell and “Holding Hands, Holding Hearts” by Phillips. I also really appreciate the book “Intimate Mystery” by Allender and Longman.

  2. November 16, 2009 3:41 pm

    Thanks, Scott. I couldn’t recommend those because I haven’t read them, though they certainly look good, and I love Allender’s writing.

  3. November 17, 2009 2:14 pm

    Just went to a marriage conference with Gary Thomas as the headliner. I had not heard of him, so I had no idea what to expect. Usually at these sorts of things you get 7 Steps to Better Sex. Gary was the complete opposite (though he did have a really good talk on sex). He is world class and gospel centered. I almost fell out of my seat when he started the morning talking about sin.

    His main tag line is so helpful: “What if God designed marriage not to make us happy but to make us holy?”

    Thanks for pointing to his book.

  4. November 19, 2009 6:32 am

    What you would say are some good resources for me as I am engaged?

  5. November 20, 2009 10:27 am


    First Year Off – article
    When Sinners Say I Do
    Tons of stuff at Boundless // Girls and Guys Guide to Engagement
    Articles from CCEF by Tripp

  6. November 20, 2009 11:37 am

    Love the blog post! Jessica


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