by Gary Thomas
Ministerial spouses know that what happens at home will impact a pastor’s career. As more and more people become disenchanted with the God-given institution of marriage, we are sure to be affected by them and our busy lives. Instead of walking down the slippery slope into drudgery, read a book like Sacred Marriage
for a wake-up call.
God didn’t bring our spouse to us to make us happy, but to help us grow in our relationship with Him. What a great perspective! It has turned people’s relationships upside down, and they re-form their marriages the way they were meant to be by God.
Although Sacred Marriage
offers up techniques and ideas much like other books, the author also seeks to change readers' attitudes with biblical insight, inspire even the hopeless, and have couples change the way they relate.
As a counselor, I have read numerous books on marriage; however, this book personally inspired me to try a new way to approach old issues — all with kindness and a servant heart. My husband and I not only changed some ways we relate, but we also have shared the basic principles with other couples. They tell us what a blessing this has been to them, too.
is certainly a necessity for every married couple, but would benefit even unhappy couples. I highly recommend this book as a must-read for those preparing for a lifetime of marriage. —Reviewed by Laurie Snyman, MSW
Laurie Snyman, MSW, a licensed social worker from Holt, Michigan, owns a counseling practice, Awakenings Family Therapy, in Lansing, Michigan. She writes on marriage and family for magazines, and authored workbooks for couples contemplating marriage, Getting Ready for the Rest of Your Life. Laurie is a popular speaker across the United States. She has been in ministry for 35 years, all her married life. She works part-time for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists assisting her husband, Royce Snyman, who is the ministerial director there. For additional resources and information about Laurie Snyman, visit her website.