Catching Foxes: A Gospel-Guided Journey to Marriage

As evidenced by the quantity and quality of marriage books I've reviewed here, there are several good gospel-centered books on marriage, written in a variety of styles and covering almost every conceivable topic related to the subject. Until this year, I have used one of more of these books for premarital counseling as well, because … Continue reading Catching Foxes: A Gospel-Guided Journey to Marriage

What Did You Expect??, by Paul Tripp

What Did You Expect??: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage is a solid book on the gospel's implications for marriage. With his characteristic humor and directness, Paul Tripp reminds his readers that marriage is essentially about worship. We are either seeking to build our own self-centered kingdoms or about building the kingdom of God. Tripp encourages … Continue reading What Did You Expect??, by Paul Tripp

The Mystery of Marriage, by Mike Mason

In the Foreword to Mike Mason's Gold Medallion-winning book on marriage, none other than J.I. Packer writes of the rare combination of "wisdom, depth, dignity and glow - I don't know what else to call it - that I find in these chapters. To introduce them is not a chore but an excitement." Moreover, you … Continue reading The Mystery of Marriage, by Mike Mason

Marriage Matters, by Winston Smith

Every married couple (and every Biblical counselor) knows that marriages grow in grace (or become progressively embittered against each other and hardened to the gospel) one ordinary moment at a time. In Marriage Matters, Winston Smith reminds the reader from 1 John 4 that God is purposefully in those so-called ordinary moments, that extraordinary change … Continue reading Marriage Matters, by Winston Smith

Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

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. … Continue reading Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

This Momentary Marriage, by John Piper

If you could only read one book on marriage, this would be the one I would recommend. Piper unpacks the beauty of marriage as a living parable of Christ's deep, abiding, covenant-keeping, sacrificial love for His church. From Genesis through Revelation, marriage is seen as but a shadow of a far greater reality. Marriage is … Continue reading This Momentary Marriage, by John Piper

Review of A Guide to Biblical Manhood

If you are looking for a great book that will explain God's design for men, you need to read A Guide to Biblical Manhood by Randy Stinson and Dan Dumas. Youth pastors, youth leaders, and parents, if you are looking for a resource to help you with inspiration, information and ideas on how to raise … Continue reading Review of A Guide to Biblical Manhood

Biblical Counseling: The Growth of a Movement

I first read Jay Adams' landmark work Competent to Counsel in 1990, 20 years after it was first published. At that time, I was an investment banker serving as a lay youth worker in a growing Southern Baptist church, and Adams opened my eyes to a ministry that I had never before considered. Three years … Continue reading Biblical Counseling: The Growth of a Movement

Tim & Kathy Keller on Marriage

W.H. Auden, in A Certain World: A Commonplace Book, wrote this of marriage: "Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotions but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate." Could this statement be true? The assertion that any relationship … Continue reading Tim & Kathy Keller on Marriage

The Word Who Creates and Sustains Everything Became Flesh

You really can't meditate on the significance of Christmas without coming back repeatedly to the prologue to John's gospel. It is worth looking at John 1:1-3, 14 again here. These rich verses point out clearly that Jesus is eternal ("in the beginning" Jesus was there), and that he is the embodiment of God's complete revelation … Continue reading The Word Who Creates and Sustains Everything Became Flesh