August 24, 2008

When Sinners Read a Book

I am reading a book called When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey. I haven't completed it yet, but I am recommending it already. It's great!

Here is a clip from the preface:
You might be curious about a guy who would write a book called When Sinners Say "I Do." My name is Dave and ... well ... I'm a sinner. Saying "I do" twenty-five years ago to my beautiful wife not only didn't solve that problem, it magnified it times ten.

He goes on to say:
If you are married, or soon to be married, you are discovering that your marriage is not a romance novel. Marriage is the union of two people who arrive toting the luggage of life. And that luggage always contains sin. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. But the suitcases are always there, sometimes tripping their owners, sometimes popping open unexpectedly and disgorging forgotten contents. We must not ignore our sin, because it is the very context where the gospel shines brightest.

It has been so good that I have wanted to blog something from every other page. Maybe it is a little premature to start buying copies of it and handing it out to all my friends, but I have to say that is has already moved up to the top of the list of books on marriage that I own.

Before this my favorite book was Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson. That was a very convicting book, and one that I have recommended to others already, and still recommend. I thought that I had written some posts about it, but I can't seem to find them.

Anyway, If you have a few extra bucks, Check out this book, it is worth a read (at least the first few chapters. Once I have finished the book, I will let you all know how I feel about the rest.