Friday, November 10, 2017

My Top 5 Favorite Christian Books On Dating and Marriage

There I was in a big, beautiful, white dress just inches away from the man i'd soon marry. The crowed watched in anticipation. My soon-be-husband gazed at me with a look of passion in his eyes. Softly, the preacher began to say the words i'd been longing to here "I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss the bride."

And then I woke up. This wedding theme dream is one that happens to the best of us. Since childhood we'd fantasize about a beautifully decorated wedding and a handsome groom that adores us. Our wedding day is a day many of us look forward to. We pray for it, we hope for it, we even sometimes prepare for it. 

But as great as wedding days are, they only last 24 hours. After that we're off to the rest of our lives where we'll have to maneuver through the tough- yet beautiful- covenant of marriage.. 

Marriage, being created to display the gospel image of Christ and his church is a covenant we can't afford to take lightly. We need to have a full understanding of God's vision for marriage and how he desires we honor it.

In this blog I want to point you to five of my favorite books on marriage and dating that have helped me to understand how we as Christians can best honor God in marriage. 

Whether your single like me, or married, there are books on this list for everyone:

1. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

I can't recommend this book enough. Single or married, this book is for you! This book will give you a clear understanding on God's design for marriage. 

One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

“Within this Christian vision of marriage, here's what it means to fall in love. It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of what God is creating, and to say, "I see who God is making you, and it excites me! I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to his throne. And when we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, 'I always knew you could be like this. I got glimpses of it on earth, but now look at you!” 

2. The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler

Instead of following our cultures pattern for dating and marriage, Matt Chandler offers helpful insight into the biblical model for love, marriage, sex, and redemption.

One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

“In too many marital conflicts, we work too hard at winning the argument and too little at winning the heart. You can express your feelings and thoughts, even share criticisms and complaints, but the end goal of marital conflict should be care for your spouse’s soul, not trying to rack up the most points. Seeking to win is not love.” 

3. The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

This book is great for those who are single, dating, or engaged. Gary Thomas writes to help his readers make wise dating choices that will help build better marriages.

One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

“Marriage is a good thing, and being intentional about your pursuit of it is commendable, not shameful.” 

4. When Sinner Say "I Do" by Dave Harvey

As Paul David Tripp explained in the books forward "this book grasps at the core drama of every married couple." Focusing on sin and marriage, this book is a must-read for married couples and a really good option for singles as well.

One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

“Marriage is the union of two people who arrive toting the luggage of life. And that luggage always contains sin.” 

5. Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife by Barbara Rainey

Barabara Rainey couldn't have been sweeter for writing this treasure of a book! The title pretty much explains it. I think this book is great for everyone, single, engaged or married.

One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

"Marriage is so worth fighting for, so worth keeping and enjoying, giving oneself to completely. For God has planted marriage in every culture so that His message of love can be seen in unions of beauty generation after generation."

So there you go! My top 5 favorite books on dating and marriage.

Have you read any of these books?

Are there any books you would add to this list?

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