Meditate on the Spiritual Significance of Marriage
In the 20th Anniversary Edition of this Gold Medallion Award winner, Mike Mason goes on a poetic search to understand the wondrous dynamics of committed love. In highly readable, first-person style, Mason’s writing stimulates readers’ thoughts and prayers and propels couples to deeper intimacy. “A marriage is not a joining of two worlds,” says the author, “but an abandoning of two worlds in order that one new one might be formed.” Rich chapters on “Otherness,” “Vows,” “Intimacy,” “Sex,” “Submission,” and an all-new chapter on “Oneness” lift readers to view the eternal, spiritual nature of this faith-filled, “impossible,” wild—yet wonderful—frontier.
“An outstanding achievement. Rarely has a book aroused in me so much enthusiasm as has the combination of wisdom, depth, dignity, and glow that I find in these chapters.”
“Absolutely exquisite. It reaches down deep into our innermost being, revealing, revitalizing, rewarding. A real classic.”
-Gigi Graham Tchividjian
“A drop everything book. Mason deals with the stunning paradoxes of the mystery, the problems, and the glories of marriage. I don’t need to read any other book on the subject.”
Story Behind the Book
"Over the twenty years since its publication, many couples have told me that they’ve read my book aloud to each other. This always amazes me and gives me great joy. I’m also amazed that many single people have read it. Either way, my goal is for hearts to be warmed by the mystery of divine love. I want couples to enter into deeper intimacy by thinking together about the mystery of marriage —about how their love, besides being a gift of God, reflects the very love He has for Himself in the Trinity. For God is not a bachelor, and throughout the Bible marriage is a supreme picture of the nature of God’s love and of His kingdom. I want people who read my book to feel so soaked in these wonderful, divine mysteries that it deepens their reverence for marriage and inspires them to greater love."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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|Title of eBook: The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition|
|Release Date: 11-03-2010|
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|Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group|
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The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition
Prologuean aerial parable
There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden." -Proverbs 30:18-19
The week of our honeymoon, my wife and I stopped one afternoon at a Trappist monastery. It was a hot summer day, the air bright and still, and the sky a deep, dusty blue. Nothing moved. There wasn't a monk in sight. We got out of our car and strolled hand in hand toward the monastery, and soon we emerged from the hot blue brightness of the day into the cool silent chapel, where there was a brightness of a different kind, and an interior stillness too, that was quite different from the stillness outside. Our hands fell apart, and a feeling of awkwardness crept over me, an embarrassment. I suppose I was wondering what God really thought of this marriage of mine.
We knelt to pray. The stillness clamored, echoed all over the building like shouts. It was reflecting my heart, echoing back to me my own confusion. All the questions and doubts from the time of our engagement came rushing back. What was it all about, this marriage? And was it for real now? How could I have gone through with it? Was it really too late to back out? Who was this woman anyway? Couldn't I just stay here and become a monk? The silence of the chapel beat like wings all around us but offered not one particle of consolation.
On the way out we met the guestmaster, a man who knew me. I introduced my new wife to him and felt ashamed. Certainly i...