Christopher Ash examines the Bible's teaching on marriage, while remaining firmly in the twenty-first-century world.
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. Christopher Ash 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.
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
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'Refreshing, rigorous and readable. This book acts as a corrective to exaggerated claims and self-indulgent attitudes concerning marriage endemic in our culture, and becomes a call to joyful biblical simplicity and true God-centred liberty in marriage.'
- John and Ann Benton
'An invaluable challenge to deepen and strengthen relationships, through a fresh understanding of God's purpose for marriage.'
- Jason and Rachel Gardner
'An excellent challenging and helpful book.'
- Martin and Elizabeth Goldsmith
Christopher Ash works for the Proclamation Trust as Director of the Cornhill Training Course. He is author of Marriage and Out of the Storm. He is married to Carolyn and they have three sons and a daughter.