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This Momentary Marriage [Hardcover]

By john piper (Author)
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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 3, 2009
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1433507129  
EAN  9781433507120  

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Reflecting on forty years of matrimony, the Baptist-minister author explains the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, encouraging couples to keep their vows for the right reasons. 20,000 first printing.

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Reflecting on forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant for all the best reasons.

Even in the days when people commonly stayed married “'til death do us part,” there has never been a generation whose view of marriage was high enough, says Pastor John Piper. That is all the more true in our casual times.

Though personal selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God's purpose, it is found in God's Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing every person from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views. As Piper explains in reflecting on forty years of matrimony: “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It's mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ's covenant-keeping love on display.”

This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.

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More About john piper

John Piper John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.

SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.

John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.

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For Singles, Engaged and Married  Jan 29, 2010
I decided to read This Momentary Marriage because I wanted to learn how to be a better husband. Pastor Piper, my favorite author, has been married for more than forty years and knows the challenges and joys of this sacred institution. What separates This Momentary Marriage from most books on marriage is that this is not an instructional manual that gives you ten tips on how to build a stronger marriage. This Momentary Marriage is a theological look at what marriage is all about - the covenant-keeping love of Christ. During the first half of the book I did feel that Piper repeated himself a few times, but I probably felt that way because I have had my nose in so many of his books lately. This Momentary Marriage hits on a number of topics such as leadership, submission, hospitality, romance, children, anger, divorce, remarriage and to my surprise, singleness. Piper covers singleness in chapters 9-10, and it really needs to be read by not just singles, but those who are married. We tend to exalt marriage in unChristlike ways and fail to see the even greater blessings that will come to all Christians when we pass from this world. Of course, as always, Piper has scattered Scripture throughout the book. Each chapter starts off with a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison. This Momentary Marriage concludes with a few words of thanks, a Scripture index, person index, subject index and a note on Desiring God resources. If you are married, engaged, hope to be married or called to remain single, I highly recommend this book. It is definitely the best reading I have done on this topic.
Great Book  Dec 28, 2009
The best book I've ever read on marriage as God had planned it. It also covers topics like singleness and divorce. It should be compulsory reading, particularly for Christians, no matter their marital status. It is well planned, and easy to read.
A Passionate Theology of (Ironclad) Marriage  Dec 23, 2009
This well-written book feels reactive rather than pro-active in its tone and content. In these pages, an intense and passionate theologian defends his understanding of marriage against a culture in which relationships, including marriage relationships, have become both temporary and disposable.

Piper argues for permanence. This book is a spirited and sharply-worded defense of the together-for-life mindset that informed most marriages even a few generations ago. Today, western cultural values have shifted so completely that Piper's reaction may surprise readers who are under 30 and well-connected with current social norms.

This is not a "how to strengthen your marriage book." Instead it's a theological framework that insists your marriage is not about love or romance or affection but instead about a steely resolve to keep your promise and to abide by a sacred covenant. This is not a flowers-and-chocolate, learn-how-to-communicate-better kind of book, it's a you-have-no-option-but-staying-together book.

As a family counselor, I especially appreciate Piper's encouragement that married couples should include single adults in their world, involving and including them in family events and community life. YES. Marriage is not the only model for healthy adulthood; single people can and should live their lives knowing that they are whole, valuable, and needed.

As a person of faith, I applaud Piper's understanding of marriage also. This would be a great book for pastors to read as they prepare sermons about relationships, or as they prepare to counsel pre-married couples.

What I'd like to see prescribed here is a little more affection, a little more woo. I'd like to see husbands genuinely and frequently acting out "I love you with all my heart" while they also authentically live out "I am committed to you for life." I'm guessing Piper believes in that too, but affection gets short attention in these pages.

Dr. David Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Author of "The Soul-Mate Marriage" and other books

Seven Reasons I Loved This Momentary Marriage  Dec 11, 2009
John Piper's This Momentary Marriage is one of the best books I have ever read about marriage. Here are a few reasons why . . .

1. I love the biblical focus in Piper's writings. You will not get very far in any Piper book without dealing seriously with texts of Scripture. He doesn't make a point and then support it with proof texts, he points to texts and then draws conclusions from these texts. This is of course because he regards the Bible as the inspired Word of God. A person who does not regard Scripture in this way would probably not connect with this book as so much of what it is saying is tied directly to Scriptural texts, particularly Ephesians 5, 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19.

2. The book is short. Since Piper writes in such a Scripturally-based, point-by-point way, building one argument on another, a short read from him is a relief. I had the sense that I could finish this book in a short enough time period to not forget the earlier chapters as I finished the later chapters. At just 178 pages, it is an easy read in terms of its length.

3. I love the focus on marriage as a picture of Christ's covenant-keeping love with the Church. This brings a significance to marriage that can't be found anywhere else.

4. I love the realistic perspective on marriage this book brings. Piper says he waited 40 years to write this book because he didn't feel ready at 10, 20 or 30 years of marriage to write it. But at 40 years of marriage, he realized he'd never have it all together so he wrote the book. Piper is honest about his struggles in marriage without minimizing the great blessing marriage has brought to his life.

5. I love the eternal perspective of this book. It is seen in the title and throughout the text. This is not a marriage book where marriage is viewed as what life is all about. Piper says life is all about Christ and marriage serves as a means to glorify Christ.

6. I like the fact that Piper takes biblical stands on controversial issues. His positions on gender roles and divorce and children are all well-defined from a Scriptural standpoint. Thus a biblical Christian must deal with these texts and bring others in as they think through the implications of what Piper concludes. In the end they may still disagree with him about divorce and remarriage, for example, but he forces the reader to think through his argument from Scripture.

7. I like the balanced approach Piper took in the book regarding the marriage relationship. He gave ample time to roles in marriage without making the whole book about roles. He dealt with sex without making the whole book revolve around the sexual relationship in marriage. He did the same with children and parenting and divorce and other subjects. The primary subjects of struggle in marriage were covered without any one subject dominating the book. This was helpful to me.

Overall, a great book well worth reading.
What is the Foundation of Marriage  Nov 23, 2009
Really good book and I would definitely recommend for others. the bulk of the book is speaking on the biblical purpose behind marriage and how God intended it based on scripture. Also, it speaks on how marriage is something that is temporary while here on earth (not condoning divorce) because it is to point to the true marriage which takes place between Chirst and His church in heaven. Another aspect which Piper speaks on is how we are to be content and glorifying God in marriage and in our singleness. Marriage isn't better than being single nor is singleness better than marriage they are both tools used to glorify God. This book is all about the Glory of God through relationships and what the bible says of how they are intended to look!

Great read for those already married for a year or 50 years. Also, I would recommend all singles to read this to determine their motivation behind why they are desiring marriage. READ THIS! This and When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey are the two marriage books that are a must read prior to making that commitment. My wife and I have not come across a better resource in speaking on; biblical dating, biblical marriage, singleness, children, sex, leadership, headship, and submission.

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