Redeeming Marriage in Community

Marriage is hard. Even in the best marriages, the heart of each spouse tends to turn inward and build the kingdom of self. Most of my marriage counseling clients at least claim to be believers in Christ. Most of them regularly attend a bible-teaching church. Most of them are in some kind of small group … Continue reading Redeeming Marriage in Community

Priorities in Finding A Godly Spouse from Genesis 24

In Genesis 24, Abraham decides that it is time for his beloved son Isaac to have a wife. Now, in Abraham's day, as in some places in the world still today, marriages were "arranged" by the families of the bride and groom. So, like all good dads of his time and place in history, Abraham arranged … Continue reading Priorities in Finding A Godly Spouse from Genesis 24

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

If you only read one book on the Christian view of sex, please read Sex and the Supremacy of Christ.  Compiled from sermons delivered at Piper's 2004 Desiring God National Conference on this topic, Sex and the Supremacy of Christ utilizes a wide variety of contributors to develop the ideas that the Bible has a … Continue reading Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

God, Marriage, and Family

God's gracious plan to make His character and glory known though the institutions of marriage and family is under cultural attack like never before. Pastors' and biblical counselors' offices are filled daily with families struggling to find their way. Kostenberger's first edition of God, Marriage, and Family was the most extensive work to date on … Continue reading God, Marriage, and Family

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