So, my best friend gave this to me last year. I know, my timing at getting to it is embarrassing. I only have myself to blame. I have a special talent of requesting 37 books to review in a week, so I got myself a little behind. Finally, I told myself, no more excuses!
It’s a topic that is always interesting to read different thoughts about (you know that thing called love and marriage right?).
Mar•riage-hap•py \mar´-ij-hap´e¯\ adj 1: Having an inordinate preoccupation with marital pursuits, sometimes at the cost of other Christian priorities, commonly seen in evangelicals. 2: A giddiness stemming from all things related to marriage.
In the frenzied pursuit of romance, Christians sometimes lose sight of the greatest commandments: to love God and to love others. Distracted by wedding bells and exuberant hopes for a happily-ever-after, Christians often forget the greater vision of Christ’s call to love.
What if God is less worked up about marriage than we are?
With honesty and insight, Claire and Eli ask us to shift our thinking away from marriage or singleness and toward love and discipleship.
Drawing from luminaries like Augustine, the Desert Fathers, and Bonhoeffer, they invite you to join their real-life exploration of love as they convincingly demonstrate why a love for God and for one’s neighbor are to be our top priorities, whether we are single or married.
I’ll start off by saying this was such a refreshing read! If you’re Christian and single, I’m sure you’ve heard all kinds of “fun” things from folks who mean well, yet look upon singles as something wrong or not as spiritual. Crazy right? But it’s out there. I love the heart behind this book. Marriage, of course, isn’t bad and a good/awesome/excellent thing, but there’s so much more for singles out there than focusing solely on accomplishing that.
I thought this was a healthy balance of storytelling (sharing their personal experiences), spiritual encouragement and truth. They’re honest and have plenty of wisdom to share.
There’s something to learn from everyone’s story; whether they share all of it or a piece of it. Being vulnerable and honest can impact others more than you might think. So I recommend this book to anyone – single or married, there’s something we can all learn from it.
What are some of your favorite books on this topic? I’d love to hear your thoughts!