Book Review: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas


Sacred Marriage is one of Gary Thomas’ most popular book. It is also a tremendously helpful one. It is not a book that gives practical tips on how to better a marriage. Rather, it is a book that describes what marriage should be built on and what should result: Holiness. When a marriage produces holiness in the life of each spouse, it accurately represents the gospel to a watching world and brings glory to God, since the marriage is the ultimate picture between Christ and His bride, the church.

The book is broken down into 14 chapters. Each chapter speaks about a key practice of marriage that fosters holiness and spiritual growth. Chapter 4 (Learning to Love) teaches how love practiced within the marriage covenant can help the spouse grow in love towards all people in general. The practice of prayer, in Chapter 6, also shows how praying constantly and habitually with your spouse can be the vehicle to foster a vibrant prayer life. Each chapter shows practices that are vital and God-glorifying in your marriage, and how such affects your Christian walk in that it helps you to become more Christlikeness.

This is a book I would recommend. Its message is truly biblical, and more marriages can be what God intended it to be if spouses follow the principles laid out in this book. Marriage is not about personal fulfillment, needs, or sexual attraction, but about how one can selflessly serve one another, the effect being that each partner in the marriage grow in sanctification. Sanctification should be the goal of all Christians, no less married couples, who have a chance to practice such things on each other in building their character, effectiveness for ministry, and ultimately for the future day of the Lord.

Note: I received this book as a complimentary book from I was not obligated to give a good review, but only my honest opinion.