The Meaning of Marriage (a book you really need to read)

If you’re married, or considering ever being married in your lifetime, you need to read this book.

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Compexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God is one of the best, if not THE best, book on marriage I’ve ever read.  And yes, I know I’m given to superlatives in book reviews, but I really think that this book grasps the problems our culture has with marriage in a more cogent and readable way than other books in the genre.

First, Tim Keller is really gifted with understanding the blindspots and temptations of our particular time and place.  He has an insight that just nails the lenses, blinders, and idols we have.  It’s worth mentioning that Christians often (if not always) succumb to the prevailing mindsets of the culture around us, and Keller should be commended for diagnosing that and always bringing us back to what God’s word says about the issue.

In the context of marriage, Keller identifies the pitfalls singles and married people fall into when it comes to thinking about marriage, love, and commitment, and contrasts those with what the Bible says.  He unpacks the ways we are disposed to think, the knee jerk reactionary thinking that also tempts us, and counters with the Gospel.  I just don’t know how you could read this book and not be convicted and challenged on many fronts.

I took a ton of notes, but I know that what stood out to me may not be what stands out to you, so I will just reiterate that The Meaning of Marriage is a superb book and you really, really need to read it.  If you do, or if you have, be sure to let me know what you think!


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6 thoughts on “The Meaning of Marriage (a book you really need to read)

  1. Going to have to add this book to my wish list!

    The issue of real marriage has been on the mind of both my husband and I. It seem within the past month we have heard of or know personally about 4 or 5 different couples who are separated and on the brink of divorce. I wish Christians could show a better example of what true commitment looks like, but I have to remember that I am responsible for my own marriage and not anyone else.

    Thanks for writing this review!

  2. I’ll put this on hold at my library! 🙂 Sounds like this book left you feeling the same way What Did You Expect by Paul Tripp left me–have you read it? Best marriage book I’ve read. 🙂

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