Author(s): Christopher Ash
It seems rather obvious to look to our Maker for marriage instructions. After all, God invented marriage. Yet by nature we prefer to work it out for ourselves, starting with our own needs, hopes and desires.
This book turns our thinking upside down. The author examines the Bible's teaching on marriage, while remaining firmly earthed in the twenty-first-century world where messing up, heartbreak, divorce and sexual chaos are distressingly common. Starting with God's grace applied to our pain and failure, the author centres on God's plan for sex and marriage, one of service.
"An excellent, challenging and helpful book." Martin and Elizabeth Goldsmith, Conference Speakers, and Associate Lecturers, All Nations Christian College
"Refreshing, rigorous and readable. This book acts as a corrective to exaggerated claims and self-indulgent attitudes concerning wedlock endemic in our culture and becomes a call to joyful biblical simplicity and true God-centred liberty in marriage." John Benton (Pastor, Chertsey Street Baptist Church, Guildford and Editor, Evangelicals Now) and Ann Benton (Chairman, London Women's Convention)
Introduction: God at the centre
1. A word about baggage and grace
2. Married for a purpose
3. What is the point of having children?
4. What is the point of sex and intimacy?
5. God’s pattern for the marriage relationship
6. What is the point of the marriage institution?
7. Is it better to stay single?
8. What is the heart of marriage?
Conclusion: The greatest invitation