The Biblio-Files

bib·li·o·phile (bĭb'lē-ə-fīl') n.

1. A lover of books.
2. A collector of books.

30.5.07

Love That Lasts


When Alicia and I got married, I committed myself to reading at least one marriage book or marriage-related book a year, in order to intentionally stir my mind and cultivate intimacy with Alicia. The book for the first year I chose was 'Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace' by Gary and Betsy Ricucci. Betsy is CJ Mahaney's sister and Gary is on staff at Covenant Life Church (where Josh Harris is now pastor). This is a very refreshing read. It kindled my love for Alicia and for the ordinance of marriage. They have a very high view of marriage, namely because they have a high view of God, where marriage begins. As with all of the people at Sovereign Grace, these writers are Spirit-filled, Word-centered, and gospel-saturated. They also are complementarians, doing a great job covering roles and responsibilities. Another added benefit, is their understanding of the necessity of the local church in all of life, especially marriage. The chapter on the husband's role is insightful and challenging. The chapter for wives is great too. I am so thankful that as I read the calling of a Godly wife I was not thinking, "Man, Alicia needs to read this," but rather, "Man, she is doing such a great job!" The chapter on conflict is great. These writers have spent some timing learning from the guys at CCEF (Tripp, Powlison). Conflict is inevitable (if there is true intimacy), but the way in which you resolve conflict is vitally important. I was particularly challenged to be very specific and use biblical terms when confessing sin (and no 'but's'). The chapters on romance and sex were great too. Busyness is a type of selfishness, a failure of priority. I would highly recommend this little book to all, single, engaged, and married. Throughout the book, they acknowledge their indebtedness to the Mahaney's and point the reader to this book and this one for further study.
"Nothing is more important to your marriage than your theology" 21
"Nothing is more essential to a marriage, and nothing brings more hope, than applying the gospel of Jesus Christ." 23
"So many couples spend their lives avoiding conflict. They choose a superficial 'peace at any price'--a price much higher than they realize." 113

15 comments:

The Once Dead Poet said...

We are going through this one in home group and have only gotten through the chapter on wives, but it has been great so far...incredibly gospel-centered. I'm really looking forward to going through the rest.

Eron said...
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blake white said...

E-Pleezy,

I don't think it was overboard but Kari may disagree.

Kari Plevan said...

Yikes....this is a little bit of an awkward comment section...mmmm....thanks Blake for your honesty and the post!

And an early congrats to coming up on a year of marriage very soon!

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blake white said...

D,
To keep any from stumbling, I have removed the quote and all the relevant comments (hope you don't mind guys). At least in the comments section though it needs to be said that God is the creator of the institute of marriage, including all the many unique joys of marriage. Sex is a very important aspect of marriage, and God intended it that way, and has been very creative in doing so. For more info, read the book.

The Once Dead Poet said...

B-Dub,

"God is the creator of the institute of marriage, including all the many unique joys of marriage. Sex is a very important aspect of marriage, and God intended it that way, and has been very creative in doing so."

Amen.

I appreciate the removal.

D

Ryan Bebee said...

Probably for the best. Thanks for the removal Blake. We'll see you this week.

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