Book Recommendation from a Pastor
Recommendation by Pastor Wayne Hu
One of the books that I regularly recommend to married couples is the book, “When Sinners Say ‘I Do’” by Dave Harvey. This book was given to me by one of my groomsmen as a gift on our wedding day 12 years ago and I still regularly go back to it to remind myself of how much I need the gospel in my marriage.
This book is very honest about sin and very hopeful about the amazing resources of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. It reminds me that I am the biggest problem in my marriage and that Jesus is the only solution. With practical applications of the gospel in everyday life, this resource encourages me not to rely upon my own strength or wisdom but to look to the Cross and be empowered by grace as I seek to move towards Mel in times of conflict or disappointment.
Here are some quotes from the book:
- “The gospel is an endless fountain of God’s grace in your marriage… To be able to look forward to a lifelong, thriving marriage, you must have a clear understanding of the gospel. Without it, you cannot see God, yourself, or your marriage for what they truly are” (25).
- “Once I find 1 Timothy 1:15-16 trustworthy — once I can embrace it with full acceptance — once I know that I am indeed the worst of sinners, then my spouse is no longer my biggest problem: I am. And when I find myself walking in the shoes of the worst of sinners, I will make every effort to grant my spouse the same lavish grace that God has granted me” (41).
- “Your spouse was a strategic choice made by a wise and loving God. Selected by him, for you, from the beginning of the world, your spouse is an essential part of God’s rescue mission for your life” (71).
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