Matthew R. Perry

“Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God” by C.J. Mahaney (Book Review)

In Book Review on July 11, 2006 at 8:54 pm

sexromance.jpgWhen I and three of my friends (who also happen to co-moderate a blog called Reformation Underground) went to the Together For the Gospel conference this past April in Louisville, we walked away with almost $250 worth of great books. “Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God” by C.J. Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Ministries was one of those books — and what an absolute treasure that book is.

Unlike secular books dealing with this topic, this is not a book about technique, but a book that deals with the whole of the husband-wive covenant relationship. Crafted around the wonderful book of Song of Songs (Solomon), Mahaney repeatedly states that the purpose of our marriage is to be a picture of Christ and the church. What a timely message this is, especially when the divorce rate amongst evangelicals rivals (and some studies say surpasses) the divorce rate in the secular realm.

Mahaney submits to us husbands that before we can touch our wives’ bodies, we have to touch their minds. A way to do that is simply to become a student of our wives. Men usually have passion for their respective sports teams (and I am included in that group) and we study and know the ins and outs of those sports teams — why? — because that’s our passion. Do we show that same type of enthusiastic passion toward our wives on a day-to-day basis? If we do not, we certainly will miss on untold blessings that can be ours in Christ Jesus and that covenant relationship.

This is a small book with a manageable length (approx. 125 pages). It also includes a word to wives by Carolyn Mahaney at the end. All you married compadres who are reading this, click on the picture to order your copy right now. That investment will hopefully start a wonderful lifetime investment in the woman that God has given to you. Don’t miss out!

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