By Mike Mason
Meditate at the non secular importance of Marriage within the twentieth Anniversary variation of this Gold Medallion Award winner, Mike Mason is going on a poetic seek to appreciate the wondrous dynamics of dedicated love. In hugely readable, first-person kind, Mason’s writing stimulates readers’ recommendations and prayers and propels to deeper intimacy. “A marriage isn't really a becoming a member of of 2 worlds,” says the writer, “but an leaving behind of 2 worlds so that one new one may be formed.” wealthy chapters on “Otherness,” “Vows,” “Intimacy,” “Sex,” “Submission,” and an all-new bankruptcy on “Oneness” elevate readers to view the everlasting, religious nature of this faith-filled, “impossible,” wild—yet wonderful—frontier. “The shall develop into one flesh. this can be a nice mystery.” Ephesians 5:31–32 fantastically written and choked with life-transforming insights, the twentieth anniversary version of Mike Mason’s unheard of Gold Medallion winner explores the paranormal and holy nature of marriage with a intensity that might perpetually adjust how a pair pertains to every one other—and to God. PULL OUT The secret of Marriage stands proud from how-to manuals on marriage as a fresh how-come book—a significant party of the God-ordained union among guy and spouse. “An striking success. hardly ever has a e-book aroused in me loads enthusiasm as has the mix of knowledge, intensity, dignity, and glow that i locate in those chapters.” J.I. Packer “Absolutely beautiful. It reaches down deep into our innermost being, revealing, revitalizing, worthwhile. a true classic.” Gigi Graham Tchividjian “A drop every thing ebook. Mason bargains with the beautiful paradoxes of the secret, the issues, and the glories of marriage. I don’t have to learn the other booklet at the subject.” Elisabeth Elliot tale at the back of the Book“Over the 20 years given that its e-book, many have advised me that they’ve learn my booklet aloud to one another. This constantly amazes me and provides me nice pleasure. I’m additionally surprised that many unmarried humans have learn it. both approach, my aim is for hearts to be warmed via the secret of divine love. i need to go into into deeper intimacy via considering jointly concerning the secret of marriage—about how their love, in addition to being a present of God, displays the very love He has for Himself within the Trinity. For God isn't a bachelor, and in the course of the Bible marriage is a ultimate photo of the character of God’s love and of His nation. i need those who learn my booklet to think so soaked in those incredible, divine mysteries that it deepens their reverence for marriage and evokes them to bigger love.”
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A good Christian marriage, indeed, is more than a religious metaphor: It is a first, tangible, visible, and most glorious fruit of the kingdom of God. A wedding was the occasion not only for the first miracle of Jesus; it was, after Creation itself, God’s own first miracle: “He brought the woman to the man” (Genesis 2:22). BONE OF BONE Surely no encounter between two people, anywhere in history or in literature, is more famous than the meeting between Adam and Eve in Paradise. When Stanley came upon Livingstone in the heart of Africa, he found only what he had been looking for.
That love should come embodied, encased in flesh, walking and talking and loving in return—for that we are never quite prepared. Of course we are programmed for it, to anticipate and to long for love to enter our lives in this dramatic and personal fashion, but that is not to say we are not bowled over when it actually happens. For we are skeptics by nature, and as much as we may want and even expect miracles to occur, we do not really believe in them. When the miracle of love erupts before our eyes, we cannot help being swept off our feet, dumbfounded, incapacitated for any other action or response except that of love itself: gazing, marveling, contemplating, loving.
It is as if every person we meet wears a strip of special litmus paper on his forehead, designed to reveal the presence of love or hate in us, and all the gradations in between. How shameful and embarrassing that would be! And yet it is precisely the situation we are in, and that is why everyone on earth bears a secret resentment toward everyone else, simply for being alive. We resent one another for revealing so accurately and so openly and so painfully the depth of our own lovelessness. It is a lovelessness that is not revealed in a starry sky, but only in the eyes of a fellow human being.
The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition: Meditations on the Miracle by Mike Mason