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"Lord, here am I. Change him." "God, I'm trying. She started it." Common claims but they're so far from Trinitarian life. We invoke Christ at the wedding then seem to default to an alien theology afterward. In this simple and practical book, Doug Wilson offers a richer and more comprehensive theology of marriage than in his prior works. Here he grounds marriage in the life "Lord, here am I. Change him." "God, I'm trying. She started it." Common claims but they're so far from Trinitarian life. We invoke Christ at the wedding then seem to default to an alien theology afterward. In this simple and practical book, Doug Wilson offers a richer and more comprehensive theology of marriage than in his prior works. Here he grounds marriage in the life of the Trinity and in the life of the church. Marriage is intended to be a glorious picture of the gospel, and marriages grounded elsewhere regularly create a small hell on earth. Don't miss the riches of marriage.


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"Lord, here am I. Change him." "God, I'm trying. She started it." Common claims but they're so far from Trinitarian life. We invoke Christ at the wedding then seem to default to an alien theology afterward. In this simple and practical book, Doug Wilson offers a richer and more comprehensive theology of marriage than in his prior works. Here he grounds marriage in the life "Lord, here am I. Change him." "God, I'm trying. She started it." Common claims but they're so far from Trinitarian life. We invoke Christ at the wedding then seem to default to an alien theology afterward. In this simple and practical book, Doug Wilson offers a richer and more comprehensive theology of marriage than in his prior works. Here he grounds marriage in the life of the Trinity and in the life of the church. Marriage is intended to be a glorious picture of the gospel, and marriages grounded elsewhere regularly create a small hell on earth. Don't miss the riches of marriage.

30 review for For a Glory and a Covering: A Practical Theology of Marriage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Higgins

    Typical Wilson read, whereby I mean it was thoroughly thought-provoking and helpfully motivating, even if I didn't agree with every sentence. I really appreciated his exposure of a few false dichotomies. My favorite (and the most ) was: Obedience and disobedience on the part of a husband does not make him a head or not a head. He is a head regardless, but he can be an obedient head or disobedient head. He can be a head who tells the truth about Christ in his sacrificial love, or he can be a head Typical Wilson read, whereby I mean it was thoroughly thought-provoking and helpfully motivating, even if I didn't agree with every sentence. I really appreciated his exposure of a few false dichotomies. My favorite (and the most ) was: Obedience and disobedience on the part of a husband does not make him a head or not a head. He is a head regardless, but he can be an obedient head or disobedient head. He can be a head who tells the truth about Christ in his sacrificial love, or he can be a head who lies about Him through selfishness, but silence is not an option. (58) Update - July 6 at 9:42AM: Having finished this for the second time in six months, I would now say this is probably the best theological book on marriage I've read. I'm thinking of trying to read it at least once a year. It's that good, that Trinitarian, that convicting, and that helpful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Huff

    Fantastic. Very engaging and insightful on a wide array of marital concerns. Filled with Scripture, Wilson's approach is nearest the godly way of things I've yet to encounter. Fantastic. Very engaging and insightful on a wide array of marital concerns. Filled with Scripture, Wilson's approach is nearest the godly way of things I've yet to encounter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kofi Opoku

    Good book showing how all of scripture speaks to all of marriage.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Corina Treece

    Excellent book! After reading the chapter on "Widows", I realized there are even more reasons to continue on in faithfulness as a wife and mother. Excellent book! After reading the chapter on "Widows", I realized there are even more reasons to continue on in faithfulness as a wife and mother.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shea Stacy

    Helpful and easy reading A good read overall. Wilson seems to tackle a lot scripture directly while also trying to see the Bible’s teaching on marriage as interconnected with all the rest of scripture. There are some aspects of his writing that seem lazy, this was adapted from some sermons and other writings he has done and I think it shows. The chapter are short and very readable, but at times I feel as though he simply says something with no qualifications and it leaves the reader with little Helpful and easy reading A good read overall. Wilson seems to tackle a lot scripture directly while also trying to see the Bible’s teaching on marriage as interconnected with all the rest of scripture. There are some aspects of his writing that seem lazy, this was adapted from some sermons and other writings he has done and I think it shows. The chapter are short and very readable, but at times I feel as though he simply says something with no qualifications and it leaves the reader with little clarity. Could have dived deeper into several things But overall very helped and encouraged by this book. Would be curious to hear anyone’s thoughts on Wilson’s Trinitarian theology, both very interesting and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it either.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Stenzel

    Doug Wilson remains the best I’ve read on marriage/family/sexuality.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Schultz

    Lots of good thoughts. My favorite chapter was "Exchanged Authority" Lots of good thoughts. My favorite chapter was "Exchanged Authority"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zach McDonald

    Listened to the audiobook on the Canon App

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I've read a lot of Wilson's writing on marriage. In this book he aims for a "practical" theology of marriage, which implies to some degree that his earlier works weren't practical. Ironically, I found some of the "deeper" theological parts of this book the most helpful. The first Part of the book is about marriage and the nature of God, and I found Wilson's discussion of trinitarian marriage stimulating---marriage involves oneness, otherness, honor, respect, submission, and authority, all of whi I've read a lot of Wilson's writing on marriage. In this book he aims for a "practical" theology of marriage, which implies to some degree that his earlier works weren't practical. Ironically, I found some of the "deeper" theological parts of this book the most helpful. The first Part of the book is about marriage and the nature of God, and I found Wilson's discussion of trinitarian marriage stimulating---marriage involves oneness, otherness, honor, respect, submission, and authority, all of which are found in the Godhead. This is not Wilson's best marriage book. In fact, the chapters are so short (5 or 6 pages each) that this almost reads like the material that was cut from earlier books. (Of course, that's not at all what happened here---this book comes from a newer sermon series preached about marriage.) Also, I was unable to follow Wilson's arguments in a few places, though that could certainly be from my own thickheadedness. But I do find that Wilson will occasionally leave out portions of an argument or explanation at the expense of turning a phrase or dropping in a witty metaphor. Writing with bite and charm has its drawbacks, apparently.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is another outstanding book on marriage and practical living by Wilson. His exposition and application of Scripture to life situations is full of wisdom, grace, charity, and rigor. He keeps all his assertions grounded in Scripture and applies it to practical situations. Feminists and egalitarians of all stripes will be mortally offended, as they should be. God is neither a feminist nor an egalitarian and His Word unreservedly destroys their worldview and asserts the law of God against all ri This is another outstanding book on marriage and practical living by Wilson. His exposition and application of Scripture to life situations is full of wisdom, grace, charity, and rigor. He keeps all his assertions grounded in Scripture and applies it to practical situations. Feminists and egalitarians of all stripes will be mortally offended, as they should be. God is neither a feminist nor an egalitarian and His Word unreservedly destroys their worldview and asserts the law of God against all rivals. Men are men and are called to be the head, not in the way the world thinks, but with the mind of Christ--as servant. Women are women and are to submit, not as the world thinks, but as Christ submits to the Father. Great stuff and a short work. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mystie Winckler

    Own. Best nugget: Husband is the head, and the wife is his crown.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Read with wife. Some really great stuff in it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashlyn

    Another excellent book by Doug Wilson. He brings clarity to Two issues I’ve wrestled with for years: a biblical view of family planning and biblical love and respect within marriage. I have always heard men need respect and women need love, but that is vague and I never understood how it played out in day to day interactions. In For a Glory and a Covering, Wilson discusses how to love your wife and respect your husband in a practical way. I’m still a little unclear about his view of divorce sinc Another excellent book by Doug Wilson. He brings clarity to Two issues I’ve wrestled with for years: a biblical view of family planning and biblical love and respect within marriage. I have always heard men need respect and women need love, but that is vague and I never understood how it played out in day to day interactions. In For a Glory and a Covering, Wilson discusses how to love your wife and respect your husband in a practical way. I’m still a little unclear about his view of divorce since that chapter is very brief. I am also not sure I understand or agree with what he says about forgiveness being a transaction and only possible when both people are willing. I do, however, really like the “house rules” for keeping short accounts he presents in the chapter about forgiveness. Definitely a book I recommend reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Gardner

    I really appreciated reading Pastor Wilson's thoughts on marriage. My favorite parts were his explanations of how marriage is a reflection of Christ and the Church and how marriage is inherently Trinitarian. There is a lot of godly wisdom in here, but I have to comment that I felt his explanation of why he does not believe women should wear head coverings to be poor. Hopefully I will read more of his view on 1 Corinthians 11 in the future to get a better perspective, but he did not fully explain I really appreciated reading Pastor Wilson's thoughts on marriage. My favorite parts were his explanations of how marriage is a reflection of Christ and the Church and how marriage is inherently Trinitarian. There is a lot of godly wisdom in here, but I have to comment that I felt his explanation of why he does not believe women should wear head coverings to be poor. Hopefully I will read more of his view on 1 Corinthians 11 in the future to get a better perspective, but he did not fully explain it here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jarl Simonsen

    Even though Wilson has written a lot of books on the topic of marriage he always manages to stay fresh with his perspectives on the topic. The way he knits together seemingly unrelated Scripture passages and doctrinal truths with his teaching on marriage is fascinating, and it really delves into the depths of what marriage truly is. His books are filled with great humor as well, which makes the reading experience even more worthwhile.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I read this because I had heard so many terrible times things about the about the author that I wanted to see for myself if he was as bad as people say. He holds an unashamedly patriarchal view of marriage and family, but his book was not a brash as his online presence. There were a few times that I didn’t agree with what he said but not on major theological points.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily Dixon

    Wilson, though brash at times (which, in fact, I have grown to love about his writing) is ALWAYS firmly planted in biblical truth. He does not shy away from what the Bible ACTUALLY SAYS. I cannot say the same for many theologians today. Bravo.

  18. 4 out of 5

    James Lynch

    Great book by Wilson. In classic Wilson style he pulls no punches and is unafraid of speaking the truth even on controversial issues.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Kramer

    I think this is a collection of sermon notes formed into a book. Definitely worth reading, but some parts were dry, and other parts had amazing marriage advice.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aurora Grace

    More patriarchalist attacks on equality and justice.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Coram Deo Church

    For a Glory and a Covering is not currently available at local libraries.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Wilzewske

    This is the best marriage book I’ve ever read! I listened on the Canon Press app, and midway through I bought a physical copy so I can go through it again immediately.

  23. 5 out of 5

    emma niemi

    Fantastic read! Definitely one of those books you need in the bookshelf to reference back to.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jason Kolar

    A marriage book steeped in Biblical exposition. Doug Wilson is one of a kind, and his perspective is worth diving into.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Best modern book on marriage out there 👌 Thank you for adressing intimacy, the trinity, head covering, family planning and widowhood.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Wilson again is very clear, biblically grounded and says what most are afraid to say.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    God’s intention for marriage was for it to be a reflection of the relationship between Christ and the church. However, how many Christian marriages are true reflections? In this book, Douglas Wilson delves into the intricacies of the marriage union as set forth in the word of God. Subjects such as headship, submission and forgiveness are explained with sound doctrine, not merely opinion. Wilson states: The chief end of marriage is the same as the chief end of man-to glorify God and enjoy Him fore God’s intention for marriage was for it to be a reflection of the relationship between Christ and the church. However, how many Christian marriages are true reflections? In this book, Douglas Wilson delves into the intricacies of the marriage union as set forth in the word of God. Subjects such as headship, submission and forgiveness are explained with sound doctrine, not merely opinion. Wilson states: The chief end of marriage is the same as the chief end of man-to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The chief end of marriage is not to have “your needs met.” The chief end of marriage is not to get your husband “to finally see.” It is not to get your wife to be more responsive. The chief end of marriage is to glorify God and enjoy Him (on His terms) forever. There is no illusion given that marriage is an easy task, only the gentle reminder that it is work but it can be accomplished with God’s help. I highly recommend this book to anyone whether newlywed or a veteran of married life who is seeking to find a better theology of marriage. I received this book free to review from Canon Press.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    A favorite book on marriage. Some favorite quotes: "The one thing that discontented people cannot do is give thanks, and therefore they cannot have the wisdom that contentment brings." "From a thankful heart, all things may be received, including the great gifts of discipline and standards (1Tim 4:4-5). But without gratitude pervading everything, strict views on marriage will simply create an earthly hell for yourself and others." "A godly marriage occurs when a man and a woman both die to themselve A favorite book on marriage. Some favorite quotes: "The one thing that discontented people cannot do is give thanks, and therefore they cannot have the wisdom that contentment brings." "From a thankful heart, all things may be received, including the great gifts of discipline and standards (1Tim 4:4-5). But without gratitude pervading everything, strict views on marriage will simply create an earthly hell for yourself and others." "A godly marriage occurs when a man and a woman both die to themselves, and are raised to the life that seeks the best interest of the other in all things. This is the only kind of godly marriage there is. And when we give all away in this manner, we discover that we receive all."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wesley Sims

    One of the most helpful and insightful aspects of the book is Wilson's writing about man being the glory of God, and woman the glory of man. I find that this helps transform my understanding of my bride-to-be to one that seeks to guard, serve, and protect her BECAUSE she is my glory. It's a guarding, serving, and protecting in the ways of a physical and spiritual nature, and not just a physical protection from break-ins at night by robbers, but protecting her honor as a daughter of the Father, p One of the most helpful and insightful aspects of the book is Wilson's writing about man being the glory of God, and woman the glory of man. I find that this helps transform my understanding of my bride-to-be to one that seeks to guard, serve, and protect her BECAUSE she is my glory. It's a guarding, serving, and protecting in the ways of a physical and spiritual nature, and not just a physical protection from break-ins at night by robbers, but protecting her honor as a daughter of the Father, purchased by the blood of Christ. To be taught to wear joyfully the crown of a beautiful, gracious, and honorable wife is a teaching about a significant instance and showing of the LORD's grace.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Clay

    Much of this is rehashed from the book reforming marriage, nevertheless it has many good reminders. There is a bit more delving into the theology of marriage (trinitarian unity)which was interesting and very profitable to reflect upon. This book could have used a little better editing; there were probably 10+ typos that were, at times, distracting.

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