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Marriage is so much more than a human institution. The Bible teaches that marriage was created by God and reveals an eternal mystery--the mystery of the gospel. In this way, marriage paints a picture of our salvation in and through Jesus Christ. In the second volume in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, pastor Ray Ortlund traces the Bible's teaching on marriage Marriage is so much more than a human institution. The Bible teaches that marriage was created by God and reveals an eternal mystery--the mystery of the gospel. In this way, marriage paints a picture of our salvation in and through Jesus Christ. In the second volume in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, pastor Ray Ortlund traces the Bible's teaching on marriage from Genesis to Revelation--revealing how marriage stands at the center of God's redemptive purposes for the world. Helping us grasp a cosmic vision of this oft-misunderstood institution, this volume honors and exalts marriage as a grand display of the gospel, offering guidance and hope for our own marriages today.


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Marriage is so much more than a human institution. The Bible teaches that marriage was created by God and reveals an eternal mystery--the mystery of the gospel. In this way, marriage paints a picture of our salvation in and through Jesus Christ. In the second volume in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, pastor Ray Ortlund traces the Bible's teaching on marriage Marriage is so much more than a human institution. The Bible teaches that marriage was created by God and reveals an eternal mystery--the mystery of the gospel. In this way, marriage paints a picture of our salvation in and through Jesus Christ. In the second volume in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, pastor Ray Ortlund traces the Bible's teaching on marriage from Genesis to Revelation--revealing how marriage stands at the center of God's redemptive purposes for the world. Helping us grasp a cosmic vision of this oft-misunderstood institution, this volume honors and exalts marriage as a grand display of the gospel, offering guidance and hope for our own marriages today.

30 review for Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chase Tremaine

    If you've been following my Goodreads feed: yes, I finished three books today. And while they were all fairly short, this one -- Ray Ortlund's Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel -- was the longest, the most noteworthy, and the most moving. Ortlund's writing is clear yet weighty, accessible yet profound, entertaining yet soul-crushing. It's actually funny to see when Ortlund quotes other writers because, there, you get to see back-to-back comparisons of just how pleasant and understandable Ort If you've been following my Goodreads feed: yes, I finished three books today. And while they were all fairly short, this one -- Ray Ortlund's Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel -- was the longest, the most noteworthy, and the most moving. Ortlund's writing is clear yet weighty, accessible yet profound, entertaining yet soul-crushing. It's actually funny to see when Ortlund quotes other writers because, there, you get to see back-to-back comparisons of just how pleasant and understandable Ortlund's writing is up against most other writers, (especially writers dealing with intensive topics of biblical interpretation). This book is a quick read, yet one that will stay with you. I can heartily recommend it to married, dating, or single friends, and I know for a fact that I will read this volume again if/when I get married (or potentially sooner). Each of the four chapters is filled with sharp, terse, poignant one-liners that make it obvious why Ortlund is so popular on Twitter. It's hard to get through a few pages of his book without getting slapped across this face with insight or conviction. I'll end with a passage from the book, which should give you a good clue whether or not you would be interested in the topic and the style: "If the Bible is telling us the truth about reality, then ultimacy is not cold, dark, blank space. Finality, in this universe we live in, is not cosmic emptiness going on and on forever, governed by no purpose, ruled by the laws of physics only, with no song, no poetry, no emotion, no laughters, no love, no commitment, no sacrifice, no tears, and nothing humane and beautiful to live for and dire for. If the Bible is telling us the truth about reality, then this horrible modern outlook is completely wrong, and the truth of our existence is the opposite of mechanistic nihilism. "If the Bible is telling us the truth about reality, then the universe we live in was created primarily with marital romance in mind. The heavens and the earth were created for the marriage of Adam and Eve. The new heavens and the new earth will be created for the marriage of Christ and his bride. The whole of cosmic reality exists as the venue for the eternal honeymoon of the perfect husband with his perfect bride in marital bliss forever and ever. This is the breathtaking claim of the Bible."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mason

    This is probably the best book on marriage that I have ever read and one that I will refer back to often. I am thankful because not only does it help me understand the biblical foundation and purpose of marriage, but it also helps me understand the Gospel and the love God has for His people as a whole much more so than I did before. As always, Ray has knocked it out of the park.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Jr.

    Well written. Straightforward. Careful. Brief. Biblical, above all. Where I’ll start with recommendations for marriage books in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I’ve read a lot of Christian marriage books and most if not all of them seek to cast a vision for how to grow in love for one another with biblical passages as support— all good. But this one is different and better! This one starts with the Creation story and covers the grand sweep of the Redemptive story of Scripture ending with Revelation. It’s a breathtaking cosmic view with marriage woven into the central theme of the Gospel! This is so important and essential if we want to live out the bea I’ve read a lot of Christian marriage books and most if not all of them seek to cast a vision for how to grow in love for one another with biblical passages as support— all good. But this one is different and better! This one starts with the Creation story and covers the grand sweep of the Redemptive story of Scripture ending with Revelation. It’s a breathtaking cosmic view with marriage woven into the central theme of the Gospel! This is so important and essential if we want to live out the beautiful God- given purpose in our marriages—the eternal love of Christ for His church. I hope this book becomes the staple for Christian marriage classes and counseling in the Evangelical church today. If it does, it will accomplish much!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Budd

    I really loved this book. Some wonderful reminders here of the beauty of marriage, and the even greater beauty of the gospel. Ortlund writes incredibly well, and there were moments where I felt lost in awe as I read, overjoyed at the wonder of God's design. It also left me so thankful for the wife God has brought into my life, and eager to love and cherish her more! I really loved this book. Some wonderful reminders here of the beauty of marriage, and the even greater beauty of the gospel. Ortlund writes incredibly well, and there were moments where I felt lost in awe as I read, overjoyed at the wonder of God's design. It also left me so thankful for the wife God has brought into my life, and eager to love and cherish her more!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Locke

    Short, helpful survey of the theme of marriage throughout the Bible. Ortlund Jr spends much of his time in Genesis 1-3, the teachings of Jesus, Ephesians 5, and the end of Revelation. While he picks up on some other passages, I found his focus on the marriage theme in the bookends of the Bible to be his most helpful meditation because it both placed me in the storyline of redemption and further established the purpose and goal of earthly marriage.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Powerful, clear, uncompromising teaching on the Biblical definition and standards of marriage and sexuality. Dr. Ortlund compellingly displays the Bible instruction regarding the precedent, confines, and permanency of marriage from Genesis through to Revelation. His final chapter is an appeal to the church today to uphold the traditional Biblical understanding of marriage as it displays the gospel to the world. Practical and helpful in every way.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Tramel

    Excellent little book. No wasted words. I highly recommend this to all married couples. It will bring some clarity and appreciation for God's design for marriage and you'll walk away with inspiration for your own relationship. Excellent little book. No wasted words. I highly recommend this to all married couples. It will bring some clarity and appreciation for God's design for marriage and you'll walk away with inspiration for your own relationship.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Every Christian husband who grasps the gospel will love his wife as himself. And every Christian wife who grasp the gospel will respect her husband as her head. His love for her, with her respect for him, will display the eternal romance of Christ and the church, bring the only lasting hope. With regards to gospel, this study on marriage ranks high on the purpose of marriage for mankind. Is this for all Christians married and single? Yes! Does it promote marriage over singleness? Only in purpose Every Christian husband who grasps the gospel will love his wife as himself. And every Christian wife who grasp the gospel will respect her husband as her head. His love for her, with her respect for him, will display the eternal romance of Christ and the church, bring the only lasting hope. With regards to gospel, this study on marriage ranks high on the purpose of marriage for mankind. Is this for all Christians married and single? Yes! Does it promote marriage over singleness? Only in purpose. Both reveal God's gift to each. The end purpose of both when in expressed with the gospel, brings glory to God. It brings honor to the creator. The study of consists of 4 chapters. Starting with Genesis; Marriage in the Law, Wisdom and Prophets, Marriage in the New Testament, Marriage in the World Today. Some of the quotes that I found encouraging. Conservative people love form and restraint and control. Progressive people love freedom and openness and choices. Both see part of the truth, but wisdom sees more. Love is God's nature, a fundamental characterization of his Trinitarian being. The bible helps us see that we live in a universe where ultimate reality is relational. The Christian Gospel creates strong sexual integrity not by despising the body but by honoring the body. The heavens and earth were created for the marriage of Adam and Eve. The new heavens and the new earth will be created for the marriage of Christ and his bride. I was encouraged how the gospel starts with marriage and ends in marriage. Marriage is a reflection of the gospel. A Special Thank you to Crossway and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Willcox

    If you treasure the gospel and want to know it more deeply read this book. If you desire to know a marriage is all about, read this book. If you want to understand the existence of the whole cosmos, read this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Wilson

    This is hands down the best book I've read on marriage in a long time. Dr. Ortlund gives a serious and much needed primer on the biblical ethics of marriage and sexuality by rooting these two realities not as extraneous to the overarching story of the Bible but as bedrock realities on which the entire course of redemptive history moves. The cosmic scope of marriage and sexuality is needed more and more in the church in the U.S. As society and the church in certain areas careens off the cliff of h This is hands down the best book I've read on marriage in a long time. Dr. Ortlund gives a serious and much needed primer on the biblical ethics of marriage and sexuality by rooting these two realities not as extraneous to the overarching story of the Bible but as bedrock realities on which the entire course of redemptive history moves. The cosmic scope of marriage and sexuality is needed more and more in the church in the U.S. As society and the church in certain areas careens off the cliff of healthy biblical views of marriage and sexuality the need for a strong and winsome apologetic around these areas is much needed. Here is where, for my money, Dr. Ortlund has given the church a true gift and tool to help provide answers to questions and healing to wounds inflicted by the unchecked sexual promiscuity of our day. Outside of the Bible my mark for any good book regarding matters of faith is does it make me want to read and know my Bible better and does it make me long for Jesus? The answer for "Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel" is a resounding yes on both accounts. Singles, engaged couples, married couples across the spectrum, and even those divorced or widowed will benefit from this timely work. I plan on making it required reading for pre-marital and marital counseling sessions going forward in my ministry.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Hill

    I really enjoy these short studies in biblical theology. Ortlund does a great job at tracing the type of marriage throughout Genesis, secondly Law, Wisdom and Prophets, then the NT and lastly our current world. The section on how biblical marriage is being perverted by our current world was great and it is awesome to see how earthly marriage is a reflection of a greater marriage and a greater promise. Always end up recommending these books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Shughart

    A beyond excellent read! This book was crucial in helping to shape a Biblical theology (from Genesis to Revelation) of God's design, vision and heart for marriage and how it points to something much greater for us, Christ the Bridegroom and His Bride, the Church. Whether you are married or single, I highly recommend this book as a must read! A beyond excellent read! This book was crucial in helping to shape a Biblical theology (from Genesis to Revelation) of God's design, vision and heart for marriage and how it points to something much greater for us, Christ the Bridegroom and His Bride, the Church. Whether you are married or single, I highly recommend this book as a must read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt Kottman

    If you’ve never explored the theme of marriage through the Scripture, and how it is a picture of the gospel, then this book is one you may want to read. There are other books that deal with this theme more comprehensively, but Ortlund’s book is a worthy introduction into the metaphor of marriage.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Drake

    Wonderfully written and theologically rich. This marks the fifth book I’ve read in this excellent series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Gonzalez

    So beautiful to see how God designed marriage to picture His love for us! Plan to read again!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Eason

    This was a wonderful and encouraging look at the biblical theology of marriage. Ortlund (per usual) writes with such grace, precision, and beauty. Thankful for this helpful book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    Probably the least practical book on marriage I’ve read, in terms of application, but so helpful to zoom out and see the theme of marriage throughout all of Scripture.

  19. 5 out of 5

    E

    This work is certainly an improvement in Crossway's new Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. The title is a bit misleading, though. The book is 95% about marriage and 5% about the "mystery" of the gospel. Most if it is a straightforward look at the Biblical description of marriage, focusing heavily on Genesis 1-3, the words of Jesus, and the book of Ephesians. Ortlund is thoroughly orthodox and hits all the right notes. However, I was hoping for a lot more of how marriage pictures the rela This work is certainly an improvement in Crossway's new Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. The title is a bit misleading, though. The book is 95% about marriage and 5% about the "mystery" of the gospel. Most if it is a straightforward look at the Biblical description of marriage, focusing heavily on Genesis 1-3, the words of Jesus, and the book of Ephesians. Ortlund is thoroughly orthodox and hits all the right notes. However, I was hoping for a lot more of how marriage pictures the relationship between Christ and the church. How should we work to reflect this in our marriages? What insight does this provide for how the church is supposed to operate? What eternal ramifications does this have? And so on and so forth. Despite these disappointments, however, this is a perfectly passable peek at what the Bible has to say about the institution of marriage per se.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chad Grindstaff

    Excellent book. Short and to the point. Strong exegesis, but even better explanation of why marriage is so important. Ortlund looks at marriage as a controlling theme throughout all of Scripture - primarily the marriage of the Bridegroom and his bride (the church). This is a book every Christian should read - anyone who is seeking to understand marriage and how it is such an institution that is to be held in honor by all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Daniel J. Cameron

    This is one of the best books I have read on marriage in a long time. Unless we understand what marriage is we won't have marriages that reflect the original intention God had for it. Let us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, return to the Biblical, God intended meaning for marriage and let our marriages shine with the light of Christ like a beacon in a dark, twisted, and depraved culture! This is one of the best books I have read on marriage in a long time. Unless we understand what marriage is we won't have marriages that reflect the original intention God had for it. Let us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, return to the Biblical, God intended meaning for marriage and let our marriages shine with the light of Christ like a beacon in a dark, twisted, and depraved culture!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bill Berry

    Awesome book Really enjoyed the simplicity and urgency of this book. Ray Ortland lays out a Easy to follow biblical theology of the beauty of marriage while connecting it to the bigger story of redemption. Will go back to this book often!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tim Counts

    Perhaps the best book I have read on marriage. I tried hard to resist highlighting everything...each page now has several or many highlights! It is a book to be savored, and better yet, it made me want to pastor marriages better and love my wife deeper, for God’s glory.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josh Hall

    Phenomenal. Best book I've ever read on the biblical view of marriage. Phenomenal. Best book I've ever read on the biblical view of marriage.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charity Russell

    Is the word love really overused in our world today? And what does a Woody Allen quote have to do with the Genesis 3 curse placed on men & women? This is a quick read if you know your Bible. I hurried to devour this to write a paper. Like any good Bible commentator which Raymond is of the ESV Bible, he has placed thorough sections For Further Reading and General Index at the back of this book. And if you’ve been duped by marriage, maybe bitter towards the institution of it all, or just wondering Is the word love really overused in our world today? And what does a Woody Allen quote have to do with the Genesis 3 curse placed on men & women? This is a quick read if you know your Bible. I hurried to devour this to write a paper. Like any good Bible commentator which Raymond is of the ESV Bible, he has placed thorough sections For Further Reading and General Index at the back of this book. And if you’ve been duped by marriage, maybe bitter towards the institution of it all, or just wondering “What the hell was God thinking when he went and invented that?!”, then I recommend this book. This guy RO does a great job of filling in between the lines of the brokenhearted and vividly outlining the magical experience of a shoulder-to-shoulder relationship God originally designed and called marriage. I have experienced what he writes in my past marriage both emotionally and physically and also in a day to day working relationship with my spouse. It is absolutely amazing when two people can agree to be vulnerable with each other while at the same time lifting the other up in love, respect, and talents. If you’re still thinking you’re better off single, I get it. Lord knows that the New Testament is on to something when it mentions that single people can get more done. But first don't miss his explanation on the overuse of the word love. Check out on page 96. You might enjoy where the author goes on to elaborate here and dives into “nourishes” and “cherishes”. He is ultimately trying to steer us to the conclusion that we haven’t dealt love in its correct form and definition. And if you know your Christian writers and even a little bit about Lord Of The Rings and just who Tolkien hung out with, then you won’t be surprised to find RO quoting a lot of C.S. Lewis. Side note: C.S. Lewis was once an atheist and Anthony Hopkins does a great portrayal of him in Shadowlands. You may then be skeptical when in the book you come across a quote from one of Hollywood’s naughty lister’s. Raymond explains; “Woody Allen, in his own way, helps us face the realism of the Bible.”. Now take a look at page 115 as RO tidy’s it all up. He’s an author on a mission; “We know by experience the sorrows of every departure from God’s beautiful norm. Indeed, if Jonathan Edwards is right, if brokenhearted people make the best Christians, then we who have not lived up to God’s high standards for marriage and sexuality can serve best as advocates for those very standards. May our voices be humble but clear.” Is Raymond talking about you and me? Is he referring to the divorced, the fallen pastor, even the atheist turn believer? What about the Moses from the Bible or Abraham (first called Abram in the Bible) who gave his wife away TWICE to other men? Is he talking about your neighbor or believers within the LGBTQ communities? I hope so because out of everyone I just listed I have the biggest beef with our Christian founding father Abraham. One more interesting thing that happened to me as I was finishing up this book. I came across the Amazon Prime movie Forces Of Nature where Ben Affleck ironically plays a fiancé trying to return to his bride and despite every force of nature that delays him, he ultimately has an epiphany of what true love is. Sandra Bullock helps further Ben’s epiphany with simplistic sentiments of, “This is the rest of your life and someone else’s. Just be honest.”. Ben’s parent's tout taking a leap of faith because it’s never guaranteed to any of us that our marriage will work out. And Ben’s character, in the end, states that there is no protective bubble (for their marriage) but that they have to create one. As Christians we know this “bubble” to be called a “hedge of protection”. My all-time favorite summary of marriage is what Ben’s character quotes by a 1600’s bishop Jeremy Taylor; “Marriage hath in it less of beauty but more of safety, than the single life; it hath more care, but less danger, it is more merry, and more sad; it is fuller of sorrows, and fuller of joys; it lies under more burdens, but it is supported by all the strengths of love and charity, and those burdens are delightful.” Marriage is a place of vulnerability and faith. How vulnerable are we willing to be? How willing are we to walk a path of faith?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    This is a great book on a biblical theology of marriage. It is part of Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series. So far in this series this is my favorite work thus far. Don’t let the size of this book fool you; it is packed with a lot of insightful gems from Scripture in each page. I actually spent a longer time reading this book as I was taking notes than some books on marriages that has more pages than this work. The publisher Crossway definitely picked the right guy to write this This is a great book on a biblical theology of marriage. It is part of Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series. So far in this series this is my favorite work thus far. Don’t let the size of this book fool you; it is packed with a lot of insightful gems from Scripture in each page. I actually spent a longer time reading this book as I was taking notes than some books on marriages that has more pages than this work. The publisher Crossway definitely picked the right guy to write this volume since the author Raymond Ortlund has previously written an excellent chapter exegetically examining what Genesis has to teach us about marriage for the massive work Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. If you want a beautiful portrait of what a biblical view of marriage is, in its sacredness and dignity, get this book. The book is divided into four chapters. The first chapter is on marriage in Genesis. This is the longest section of the book and also the best part of the book for the details and profound observation that Ortlund makes is incredible and immensely edifying. Chapter two in on marriage according to the Law, Wisdom and Prophets. This chapter is more brief though I think his argument is a valid one that the Law of Moses concerning marriage is addressing a sinful and imperfect world rather than wholly what God has in mind in creation and also in eternity. Chapter three then examines the New Testament teaching on marriage. What I most appreciated about this chapter is how Ortlund’s theological method is conscious of the New Testament continuity with Genesis’ account of marriage and he explores the New Testament use of Genesis. This consciousness of intertextuality surely enriches this work as a biblical theology of marriage by being conscious of how God unfold layers and depths to our understanding of marriage as God’s progressive revelation unfold. Finally the fourth chapter is on marriage in the world today. Here were some memorable quotes from the book: “Keep the fire within the marital fireplace, and stroke that fire as hot as you can” (68). “Real love is not for sale. It is so precious that it can only be given away freely” (72). “To be married to a selfish man who, in effect, creates one more child in the house–for any wife, is hard to bear” (96). “Human marriage has always been intended by God as a prophetic whisper of the eternal marriage” (112). Ortlund also had a very good analogy of 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 of saying no to sexual immorality because we are brought with a price: If we drive our own car we would be careful. However if we borrowed someone else’s nice car we would be extra careful because it is not our own and because it is valuable. Likewise if we understand the costs God paid for our redemption we would have a strong motivation to flee sexual immorality. In summary I highly recommend this book. I recommend it to those who are married and I recommend it to those who are single to see God’s design of marriage in its beauty and as a reflection of the glory and grace of God.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Will Turner

    Marriage is created and designed by God for our good and his glory. It is not a social construct which we may change at will. It exists to ultimately display the love of God for his people, in Christ. And any attack on marriage is an attack on the Gospel. Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel is first and foremost a brief exegetical walk through of key biblical passages on marriage. The Bible begins with creation and marriage and it ends with re-creation and a new marriage. And in the middle, i Marriage is created and designed by God for our good and his glory. It is not a social construct which we may change at will. It exists to ultimately display the love of God for his people, in Christ. And any attack on marriage is an attack on the Gospel. Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel is first and foremost a brief exegetical walk through of key biblical passages on marriage. The Bible begins with creation and marriage and it ends with re-creation and a new marriage. And in the middle, it is the story of a wayward bride and a faithful bridegroom. Ortlund does a find job of handling the biblical texts. The chapter on Genesis 1-3 and then his work on 1 Cor. 6 were excellent and thought provoking. The last chapter was simply a call to begin working out the ramifications of a fully developed biblical theology of marriage. He pointed us in a direction, but didn't flesh out how to get there. That's okay. The practical details of living a godly marriage and defending the sanctity of marriage were not the focus of the book. But this book did provide a robust impetus to pursue a godly marriage and to fight for the God given design of marriage. It's always good to read at least one book on marriage a year and this little book is a great offering.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Brantley

    I love the way Ray Ortlund approaches ministry. He's consistently humble, gracious, and winsome, and that is exactly what comes across in this biblical theology of marriage. He argues that marriage is the theme of the Bible; Genesis begins with a marriage between a man and a woman, and Revelation ends with the marriage of Christ and the church. Healthy marriages, therefore, are signposts pointing to the way God originally intended things to be (it's an echo of Eden). But, he doesn't use the book I love the way Ray Ortlund approaches ministry. He's consistently humble, gracious, and winsome, and that is exactly what comes across in this biblical theology of marriage. He argues that marriage is the theme of the Bible; Genesis begins with a marriage between a man and a woman, and Revelation ends with the marriage of Christ and the church. Healthy marriages, therefore, are signposts pointing to the way God originally intended things to be (it's an echo of Eden). But, he doesn't use the book to idolize marriage. I think it would be very helpful for a single person to read as they realize that ultimately we weren't made for marriage with another person; we were made for relationship and communion with the God of the universe. Marriage is points toward that, but we mix things up if we make marriage ultimate. The books ends with a helpful chapter on "marriage in the world today." He has some helpful things to say about the role marriage plays in society, but I think that topic deserves more treatment (especially his point that marriage is a creational institution, not just a Christian institution). The implications of that probably deserve a whole book on its own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Buldra

    Ray Ortlund’s book paints a beautiful picture of marriage and its Gospel-centered purpose in our world today. Ortlund is an outspoken complementation and advocates for the headship and helper model of marriage. Although in many ways, he fleshes out the headship and helped model in a way that reflects Christ and the church, Ortlund lacks quite a bit of tact and nuance in the way that he describes the role of women and navigates the issue of same-sex marriages. Oftentimes, I would agree with what Ray Ortlund’s book paints a beautiful picture of marriage and its Gospel-centered purpose in our world today. Ortlund is an outspoken complementation and advocates for the headship and helper model of marriage. Although in many ways, he fleshes out the headship and helped model in a way that reflects Christ and the church, Ortlund lacks quite a bit of tact and nuance in the way that he describes the role of women and navigates the issue of same-sex marriages. Oftentimes, I would agree with what he is saying but cringe at the way that he said it. As a single woman, I did feel quite honored and excited for the model of marriage that he argues is true to God’s design and I do, in fact, agree with the headship and helper model but I would like to see Ortlund expand his view to include the freedom and unity of practically applying this model. The biggest element lacking in his book is the discussion of unity within marriages that should be a reflection of the unity that Christians are called to in the body of Christ.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eddie Mercado

    A fine overview of history of marriage in Special Revelation. Ray Ortlund writes with pastoral sensitivity which is to be commended. There is a portion of the book early on where he references a “return to the garden,” which I will be a stickler about because an indispensable part of understanding the history of special revelation (Biblical Theology) is the reality of the eschatological preceding the soteric. In other words we do not return to the garden, but we are moving towards a state of glo A fine overview of history of marriage in Special Revelation. Ray Ortlund writes with pastoral sensitivity which is to be commended. There is a portion of the book early on where he references a “return to the garden,” which I will be a stickler about because an indispensable part of understanding the history of special revelation (Biblical Theology) is the reality of the eschatological preceding the soteric. In other words we do not return to the garden, but we are moving towards a state of glory which exceeds the greatness of even Eden. The portion on the book of Revelation was also a weaker part of the book, but Ray makes up for it with a good last section on application for husbands and wives as they seek holiness in their marriage.

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