The title of Dave Harvey’s book, When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, reminds us of an important reality that he will continue to unpack throughout the rest of the book – marriage is the act of two sinful, self-absorbed, needy individuals seeking to live together in one-flesh union. Coming to grips with the pervasiveness of sin in our marriages should drive us to the gospel – which is, of course, exactly where Harvey takes his readers. His chapter “Forgiveness, Full and Free” is an excellent treatment of forgiveness. Anyone, and especially those of us who seek to counsel biblically would benefit from reading his chapter entitled, “The Surgeon, the Scalpel, and the Spouse in Sin: Spiritual Surgery for Sinners.” All marriages, indeed all relationships, are impacted greatly by the reality of sin. For those who want to struggle well, and those who seek to help others struggle well, this book is an important read.

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