Confession: I normally don’t like reading religious, self-help books.
Whew. Glad I could get that off my chest. I already feel lighter.
It’s not that I don’t like Christian-themed books. I’d read Rob Bell until I’m blue in the face. Donald Miller? I’m on it. Anne Lamott? Done.
But I’m kind of a Christian book snob and a lot of them just don’t cut it.
So when the minister at our church recommended (on multiple occassions…over the course of multiple years), Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas, I finally broke down and bought it.
And then took two years to start it. I, apparently, like to ease into a self-help book.
But now that I’ve finished it, I’m not sure what I was so afraid of. And I’ll be re-reading it soon.
The book revolves around the idea that maybe God intended marriage to make us more holy than to make us happy. And I didn’t really like that idea very much (nor understand it) until I read the book. And now I get it. And agree wholeheartedly.
It made me think about my spouse differently. And our interactions differently. It made me think of how worshipful submitting can be. And while I don’t really like that part of it, I probably need to work on that one. A lot. Boo.
Married? Read this book. Going to get married one day? Read this book. Divorced? Read this book. In other words, read this book.