This book helped me persevere through a very rough time in our first year of marriage. Harvey expanded my understanding of grace and forgiveness in marriage with very powerful stories that helped the information to stick. He also laid a helpful Biblical foundation of marriage. I will use principles from his book for the rest of my life. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling in their marriage or anyone thinking about getting married.
Another book on marriage, really? Yes, really. If you love to learn by reading and want an exceptional book on marriage than you should read this one. Dave Harvey, Pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church, i.e. C.J. Mahaney and Josh Harris, has done the church a great service. Within ten chapters Pastor Harvey sets out ten biblically strong and practical topics. He begins with the foundational doctrine of sinful humanity. This may seem obvious, but this book is a light doctrinal thesis on what is sin and how it damages our lives, and especially our marriages. With amazing clarity he helps us navigate who we are before a Holy God and therefore who we are for our spouse. Without using phychological jargon and only biblical jargon he helps us inspect our lives with God's law and grace. He also deals with mercy, forgiveness, and grace as related to our marriages.
Did I like this book? YES! I am leary about marriage books, but once I got started into this one I realized I was taking it for granted and had to go back and re-read the first two chapters. It was then I realized I was hooked. Pastor Harvey gives great insight into sin, the glory of God, mercy, forgiveness, and grace and applies it appropriately to our marriages. Is this a marriage book? Yes, but only after being a well crafted book about the goodness of Jesus despite our sinfulness. I will reference this book again and again, and will probably require its reading for marriages I counsel. As a Pastor myself, I would use this book not for newlyweds, but for those one to two year marriages, who are struggling. The young marriage that realizes that their spouse and their marriage isn't all bliss. I would strongly encourage any married couple who needs a boast in the theology of their marriage to read this book.
This book was given to me by Shepherd Press as a review in exchange for my honest and realistic review.
I can't recommend this book enough. The gospel is the foundation of how we operate in all areas our lives, and Harvey does a great job in bringing that reality to our homes. Even as a minister I have found that my perspective about my home has been wrong. I now feel it's more biblical. Get this book!
I am both a husband and a pastor. This book helps me to be better at both. Dave Harvey does an excellent job of getting to the heart of the matter when two sinners join together in a covenant relationship. When Sinners Say "I Do" is biblical, truthful, and very helpful to the person who wants to honor Christ and live in harmony with his/her spouse.