Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be
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A good marriage begins with GOD. In Married for God, Christopher Ash turns us away from marriage for ourselves and toward marriage in the service of God, offering practical applications for everyday life. You can discover the deep joy that comes from a God-centered marriage by realigning your hopes and goals for marriage according to the Bible.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433550784
ISBN-13: 9781433550782

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Offering us a God-centered view of marriage, this book will help men and women experience the joy and fulfillment that result when a husband and wife focus on loving and serving God first and foremost.

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Christopher Ash is a writer in residence at Tyndale House in Cambridge and a full-time preacher, speaker, and writer. He previously served as the director of the Proclamation Trust's Cornhill Training Course and as a minister and church planter. He and his wife, Carolyn, are members of St. Andrew the Great Church in Cambridge and have four children and three grandchildren.

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    In "Married for God," Christopher Ash defends Gods definition of marriage and discusses how marriage is to be used to fulfill the mission of God. This book is not about communication techniques or spousal personality compatibility but centers upon the purposes that God intends marriage to accomplish. The motto that Ash gives to his message is sex in the service of God which is a simplified form to describe all the fullness, benefits, and fruit that comes from marriage that focuses on serving and pleasing God. Instead of Western cultures belief that marriage is for personal fulfillment, God intends for marriage to display His glory and illustrate His love for His people. In Genesis, God had commissioned Adam and Eve to be joined together and procreate more steward-gardeners to tend the earth. As such, marriage is not a private arrangement between two people who simply enjoy each others company and forsake all other obligations. Rather, marriage is Gods instituted means of establishing His kingdom on earth and married couples are to be faithful to this calling. The book explores several tough topics such as sex, children, and singleness which Ash discusses with scriptural support, pastoral counsel, and practical advice. Moreover, each chapter ends with probing questions suitable for group and individual reflection.

    There is one chapter in the book in which I found quite challenging to digest. In chapter six, Ash states that marriage is an institution ordained by God since creation and that all marriages, whether Christian or not, have the same boundaries and shape (pg. 106). I agree that marriage is Gods institution and marriages between non-believing parties are to also follow Gods pattern for marriage as found in the Bible. In that sense, there is certainly no difference between Christian and non-Christian marriages. However, I wonder whether non-Christians would agree that all the same boundaries that Christian marriages uphold apply to them. One example is the oath-keeping aspect in a marriage. Civil weddings do not even require oaths anymore and bear little semblance to the covenantal promises whether verbalized or not in a wedding between two Christians. If Christian lovers commit themselves to each other and to serve God publicly, what are two unbelievers committing themselves to and what are they bound by? I would argue that marriages between believers carry much greater spiritual significance and implications. Although I agree with Ash that marriage is Gods instrument to realize societys stability and prosperity, I hesitate to limit Christian marriages to the same shape and boundaries of two non-believers who may not care at all what the Bible says about marriage.

    I would recommend this book to everyone and especially to those preparing to enter into marriage. The authors concise defence of marriage is admirable and much needed in todays culture which increasingly deviates from Gods intent for marriage. The arguments put forth are straightforward and filled with pastoral wisdom bringing clarity in the midst of societys twisted understanding of marriage. Moreover, Ash also reminds readers that those who are single or are unable to have children should not despair thinking that they have somehow missed Gods purpose for them. Marriage is neither what earns ones standing before God nor the only means by which one can serve God. Rather, both singles and couples are to faithfully serve in whatever circumstances that God has placed them in. Those who God has put together, Gods requirements are to commit every aspect of their marriages to bring honour, glory, and praise to the Bridegroom who will one day return to wed His Bride.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a review copy of this book from Crossway.
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