Challenging to find great resources for building a strong marriage, that’s why I love The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller. They weave together 3 strands of a strong marriage building resource.
1) 37 years of marriage — They have experience. They are still married. This is not just theory or isolated study, but the practicality of having been married for 37 years. If you are going to build a strong marriage, good to follow those who ahve been married longer than you have and are still growing in their relationship.
2) Experience with people at different stages of the marriage relationship. The Kellers many years of service in New York City provide not only a wealth of experiences, but a depth of relationships. This is not just a book about their marriage, but marriages they have encountered from the single relationship to the marital relationship.
3) Marriage input that is built on Biblical counsel. Of the 3, this is the most important. What gives power to this one is how those Biblical principles have been chiseled through study of the Word, application to their marriage and to the marriage of those they have served.
The 8 chapters that make up the book seem a bit like a Tim Keller sermon series. As a great communicator of God’s Word, Keller builds his messages on God’s Word, life experience, and a grace emphasis that points to the cross of Jesus and its practical implications in one’s life.
In an American society that experiences great confusion even over the definition of marriage, the Kellers provide great clarity over what marriage is and how the power of love operates with God at the center of marriage. For those who want to have a Biblical understanding of marriage, this is a great resource. For those who want to build a stronger marriage, this is an essential building block for a stronger relationship that grows closer to God and to each other.