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When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

By David Harvey (Author)
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Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   Shepherd Pr
ISBN  0976758296  
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Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say "I Do" is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage. Dave's writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God s word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say "I do."

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Dave Harvey (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the pastor of preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Dave has over 25 years of pastoral experience and has traveled nationally and internationally teaching Christians, equipping pastors, and training church planters. He is the Executive Director of Sojourn Network, founder of, and serves on the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). Dave is the author of Am I Called?, Rescuing Ambition, and When Sinners Say I Do, as well as a contributing author to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.

Matt Chandler (BA, Hardin-Simmons University) serves as lead pastor of teaching at the Village Church in Dallas, Texas, and president of the Acts 29 Network. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.

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Wonderful .. even for singles.  May 26, 2008
This is one of the best books I've read -- not just on "marriage" but on the Gospel and it's application in any kind of relationship (marriage or otherwise). I'm not married but I think this book would be a great primer for anyone, and a great resource for those who are already married. It isn't simply doctrinal, but Dave Harvey also throws in his own life experiences and anecdotes that made me laugh out loud, or brought me to tears. It's not a difficult read but still contains meaty scripture references and solid theology (which the author Harvey makes sure you understand right off the bat). The foundation of this book is GRACE and how if we see ourselves first as the chief of sinners, then we will be more willing to extend grace to those closest to us.
Practical, Readable, and written for both Husband and Wife  May 20, 2008
I have read many books on marriage. Some are good, some not as good. This one is fantastic. It gets to the root issue ,which is we have difficulties in our marriages because there are two sinners involved that many times do not look to the Savior daily.

Too many books out there are directed towards the wife (Let's face it, sadly, many men are not readers) and turn out to be nothing more than warmed over psycho-babble, talking about unmet needs and unfulfilled desires. When we look to our spouse, instead of Christ, to 'meet our needs' we are looking in the wrong place. It is true that the Lord often uses our spouse as a means to bless us and fulfill our needs and desires, but what happens when He doesn't? This is the strength of the book.

I have counseled people who are in marital strife and I will recommend this book to all of them as well as anyone that asks me to officiate at their wedding. This is required material for anyone that wants to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in their marriage.

If you are looking for step by step guides as to how to make your home run smoothly, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a book that is biblical, readable and one that either husband or wife can read. READ THIS BOOK. You will not be disappointed!
Not Your Standard Marriage Book; Maybe the Best I've Read  Mar 18, 2008
Dave Harvey begins the book by making sure that you understand the doctrine of sin...the root of which is that you recognize that you are a sinner. Recognizing that both members of any marriage are sinners, have always been sinners, and forever will be sinners is a key place to start. Far too often we recognize that proposition (both spouses are sinners) to be a true theoretically true statement, but practically we act as if the other is the greater sinner. Harvey flips this on its head: I must go into marriage (indeed, into all relationships, recognizing that I am the worst sinner that I know).

Then, after recognizing sin, we can see the solution to sin: The gospel of the free grace of God, a gospel that saves from sin, but also a gospel that provides the power for ongoing forgiveness of sin and power over sin.

The bulk of the bulk is really just a primer on how to apply the gospel to various aspects of marriage. The book is far less a book on sin in marriage than it is on the grace of the gospel applied to marriage.

For this reason, ever since I first recommended this book, it is the first recommendation that I give to anybody looking for "marriage help". It is the first book I give to couples before they are married who are looking for a book to read together to prepare them for marriage. It would be the first book I give to a couple in a super healthy marriage. And it would be a book I would recommend to a single without even a potential mate who is trying to think rightly about dating and marriage.

Until we see the ravaging effects of sin on marriage - until I see the ravaging affects of MY sin on MY marriage - I won't recognize God's grace as the solution; I will be tempted to settle for the cheap fixes peddled in most other marriage books out there. My greatest problem isn't compatibility, lack of intimacy, or dulled romance; it is sin. And the solution is therefore first and foremost the gospel. Read this book to see how that fleshes itself out.

When you've finished this book, then I recommend you move onto the other best books on marriage I've read:
1. Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace
2. Feminine Appeal For women; Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know For men.
Good introduction to grace in marriage, but not very deep  Mar 6, 2008
If showing grace and forgiveness in marriage is still a new idea for you, then this book may be just right. However, if you're looking for a fresh, deeper level on a familiar but important topic, you ought to keep looking. Very important and valuable lesson, worthy of a long discussion, but not everyone will want to read this long book on a simple (but profound) idea. Thoroughly biblical and probably good for most young Christians.
Disappointing and confusing  Dec 30, 2007
This book disappointed me. It discusses the general doctrine of sin, but provides few specific applications to marriage. My disappointment with the book may be due to the fact that the author cites dozens of Bible verses, but never references any of the numerous passages in the Bible on marriage! If you're writing a book on a topic that the Bible directly addresses, shouldn't your analysis incorporate the specific passages about your topic?

The book makes two points. First, spouses should acknowledge that they are sinners. Second, spouses should act as surgeons who point out sin in each others lives because `marriage becomes sweet when spouses, recognizing that each one will probably need corrective surgery from time to time, give one another permission to wield the scalpel as needed.' With respect to the first point, I didn't find the book to be particularly helpful. I know I'm a sinner! What I look for in a Christian marriage book is a Biblical analysis of marital dynamics that pierces my deceitful heart with insight into how I sin against my husband. There is no such analysis in this book.

With respect to the second point, I found the book to be confusing. I had trouble reconciling the author's arguments with my understanding of Biblical texts on marriage. How is the `spouse as surgeon' consistent with Bible passages emphasizing that each spouse is to focus on his or her own behavior? In my own marriage, I've found that the best way to bring my husband under conviction about his contribution to a marital problem is to freely acknowledge my own sin. I don't seek forgiveness from my husband to bring him under conviction. Rather, I am to examine my own behavior and confess my sin because God me commands to do so. But, a marvelous byproduct is my husband's increased willingness to examine his behavior. At times, it almost sounded as if the author was arguing that a spouse should assume the role of the Holy Spirit. Finally, when presenting the `spouse as surgeon' model, the author makes no gender distinctions. How, for example, is the `spouse as surgeon' to be reconciled with I Peter 3:2, which encourages wives to influence sinning husbands `without a word' by `chaste and respectful behavior'?

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