So, a few months ago a friend passed along a link for a free book on marriage.
The book was called Love & War by John and Stasi Elderege. And, the only catch was that you had to agree to write a review of the book on your blog.
Since I like to read, and write, I signed up.
It wasn’t too long before the book arrived in the mail. Upon opening the package I was surprised that it was, in fact, an actual hard-cover copy of the book. It wasn’t a cheap paperback edition, or a photocopied pamphlet. It was an actual book.
A couple days later I started reading.
The book was a team effort written by a husband and wife who obviously have a few years of marriage and ministry under their belt.
It began pretty much like any marriage book, and it wasn’t until page 24 that something jumped out at me. Here’s what they wrote.
The bible begins and ends with marriage.
And yet profound.
Maybe I’m the dumbest guy to ever get a degree in religion from a Christian, liberal arts college but I had never really thought about the Bible beginning and ending with the image of marriage.
And, upon further reflection, and reading, I came to the realization that the entire Bible is filled with the imagery of marriage.
Quite interesting when you consider how messed up marriages are in today’s society, especially in Christian circles. You’d think that with all of the time the Bible devotes to the concept of marriage Christians would have it down.
Throughout the rest of the book the couple goes on to discuss what that means for our marriages and our relationships with God. I won’t go in to any more details because this is already getting long but I will say if you’re married, and a Christian, you should pick a copy of this book up.
Prior to getting married I read a lot of books regarding the subject and I thought I was pretty well prepared. But, I have to say that I definitely didn’t really understand everything I read then. And, I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot of it. Today, more than 5 years into my marriage, I had new insight and life experiences to bring in as I read Love & War. I’m sure you will to.