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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Meaning of Marriage

I recently finished The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. I loved this book and highly recommend it. It is one of my favorite books on marriage. Although this is not an LDS book, there is much to be learned and gained from this Christian perspective on marriage. Timothy Keller is a well-known Pastor in America. The book is based on Ephesians 5 and a lecture series Keller has developed around this chapter of scripture. Here are a few of my favorite verses from that chapter:

2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

I am not going to spend too much time in this post trying to convince you to read the book, but I'll share a few of my favorite quotes. 

"On the one hand, the experience of marriage will unveil the beauty and depths of the gospel to you. It will drive you further into reliance on it. On the other hand, a greater understanding of the gospel will help you experience deeper and deeper Union with each other as the years go on."

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”

“Only with time do we really learn who the other person is and come to love the person for him- or herself and not just for the feelings and experiences they give us.”

I am so grateful to my dear friend, McKenzie, for sharing this book with me. It has impacted my life and my marriage for the better.  

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