The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers  -     By: Michael A.G. Haykin
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Reformation Trust Publishing / 2009 / Hardcover

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In The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers, Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin declares that "reading expressions of love from the past can be a helpful way of responding to the frangibility of Christian marriage in our day." To that end, he brings together letters from one or both parties in twelve significant relationships from church history. The correspondents include such notables as Martin Luther (writing to his wife Katie), and John Calvin (expressing to friends his grief over the death of his wife Idelette). Lesser-known writers include Helmuth von Moltke, who wrote to his wife as he faced execution as the hands of the Nazis in 1945.

The contents range from courtship communications to proposals of marriage to final words before dying, but most have to do with the events of everyday life. Dr. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., provides an introduction to each set of letters and draws practical applications for today's believers based on the expressions of love made by the correspondents. In the end, The Christian Lover is a celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women in love with both God and one another.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1567691110
ISBN-13: 9781567691115

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Author Bio

Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin is currently the Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, located on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the editor of Eusebeia: The Bulletin of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

Dr. Haykin has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1974), a M.Rel. from Wycliffe College, the University of Toronto (1977), and a Th.D. in Church History from the University of Toronto and Wycliffe College (1982). He is the author of a number of books and has been widely published in church history circles.

A 15-volume critical edition of the works of Andrew Fuller is being published under his editorship by Paternoster Press. His present areas of research include eighteenth-century British Baptist life and thought, as well as Patristic Trinitarianism and Baptist piety.

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    Deep and enjoyable
    November 23, 2011
    Anna Wood
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    Age: 45-54
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    The Christian Lover is a sweet read that takes you somewhat by surprise at times. It is a rather unique anthology of letters written by Christians from times past that give us an intimate look into their theology, their lives, their standing with one another and with God. Some of the letters are humorous at times, some deal with tragedy or with sorrow, all are deep and, in some way, encouraging, and all are overflowing with devotion for the Lord and for each other.

    This isn't a book for everyone as not everyone would enjoy it (though I do believe that most everyone would benefit from reading it) but it is a great book for husbands and wives or for those who will soon be married. In the pages of The Christian Lover, the glorious beauty of marriage between two Christians who love God and love one another shines through not only in a way that reveals more about the two people involved in the letter but that reveals more about God and enables the reader to catch a glimpse of the possibilities for enhancing their own marriage.

    Ultimately, however, these letters are about God. In this aspect alone, this book finds its purpose: God is exalted, magnified and glorified in its pages and because of this, The Christian Lover is a book that can be used to enhance marriages, to encourage deeper and greater knowledge of God and to help Christians to grow in theological soundness. What more could we possibly ask?

    DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free from Reformation Trust Publishers for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 17, 2009
    Anne-marie Laberge
    I would rarely put a perfect mark on a book, however this one is one of the few! Excellent! My husband and I enjoy reading it together before bedtime! Short chapters help the outloud reading!
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