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This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence and millions of other books are available for instant access. This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence Paperback – September 30, Reflecting on over forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of.
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The question is still there, a constant reminder that there's still a major piece of the puzzle that I'm missing in my quest to understand marriage. Why does marriage have to end? In this book, God has used John Piper to answer thi If marriage is such a wonderful gift from God, then why does it cease to exist in heaven?

In this book, God has used John Piper to answer this very question, and in doing so he answers not only "Why is there no marriage in heaven? As he draws from Ephesians 5: That is why marriage exists. If you are married, that is why you are married. If you hope to be, that should be your dream. After making clear this point, John Piper goes on to show how this correct understanding leads to a better understanding of each other's roles in marriage, as the husband, or as the wife, or as the father, or as the mother , amidst the trials and conflicts that will no doubt arise.

He even includes two chapters dedicated to singles and shows how marriage fits even into our lives. From knowing the purpose of marriage, a reflection of Christ's covenant love for the church, it gives us an answer to why it doesn't exist in the life to come. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short Very soon the shadow will give way to Reality. The partial will pass into the Perfect The troubled path will end in Paradise And this momentary marriage will be swallowed up by Life. Christ will be all and in all.

And the purpose of marriage will be complete. Knowing the truth of God's design for marriage will better equip us to stand fast, and this book, This Momentary Marriage, is a welcome addition in helping us to understand it. View all 3 comments. Nov 18, Jimmy Reagan rated it it was amazing. This volume This Momentary Marriage by John Piper leaves other marriage books in the dust as it rises above the usual steps-to-doing-better approach.

It also manages to use Scripture rather than psychology to make its heart-searching message come alive. I must warn you, however, that if you are like me, you might find yourself under enormous conviction. I refer to spot-on analysis of me with real challenge to seize the Bibl This volume This Momentary Marriage by John Piper leaves other marriage books in the dust as it rises above the usual steps-to-doing-better approach.

I refer to spot-on analysis of me with real challenge to seize the Bible ideal of marriage. You always think as you read, no matter the depths of how wrong you are staring you in the face, that through Christ real change is possible. Real work, real following of Christ, but possible. He chucks the dream world before the introduction is over. Reality is a great precursor to progress. That necessarily makes Ephesians 5: He debunks the myth that marriage is mainly about staying in love. That is an emphasis that comes from recent American culture, and no matter how much you enjoy the warm fuzzies of married love as I do , that is not, and cannot be, the ultimate thing.

This means it is noble to avoid divorce at all costs. That will not make this book popular in many circles, but it is firmly based in what marriage is. Perhaps you say that all of this sounds good, or at least theological, but what about real help for our marriages. He begins by quoting Bonhoeffer: We are sinners—there will be wrongs done. She has never opened up to anyone as she has me.


No one else has been with her so often as to see such a variety of situations arise and her reactions good or bad. Familiarity always takes down our guard. Since she is a sinner, this also means that no one on earth knows her faults quite like me. I can forgive because I need her forgiveness for my own rottenness.

Plus, I can forgive because I know how Christ has forgiven me. Christ forgave my real guilt. He kept His love, His covenant, when I gave Him thousands of reasons not to do so. Our sins even give us our own peculiarities.

As great as she is, she has a few. We must look past these—it ought not be so hard. The husband should see that role as his call to love her, give himself for her, and die for her. He states that Christ is supreme, but the husband is not. Pray that I can respond to what is now clearer to me. Men, he argues that the Lord holds us responsible and that is what leadership is all about.

He holds you to account, but I think you will find him gentle. O great—I was convicted as a husband and a father!

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I will keep it handy the rest of my days. Jan 19, Dkovlak rated it really liked it. This is a very practical book.

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Is also very good Biblically-based. As a 25 year old single female, I have had my thoughts of what marriage is and its purpose. To be honest I thought it was only for pleasure, procreation, and served no real purpose beyond that. After reading this book, I understand that not only is marriage God's doing, but it is the display of God. It exists for God's glory--a thought that I never fully understood but now do. And there As a 25 year old single female, I have had my thoughts of what marriage is and its purpose. And therefore, the highest meaning and the most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display Christ will never leave his wife.

There may be times of painful distance and tragic backsliding on our part. But Christ keeps his covenant forever. Marriage is a display of that! It puts the glory of Christ's covenant-keeping love on display. This book does not do that but shows how single and married each have the unique potential to magnify Christ that is not available to the other.

Piper sheds light on truths that singles can most understand best. Christ and the church--the way a picture is no longer needed when you see face-to-face , 4 The truth that faithfulness to Christ defines the value of life; all other relationships get their final significance from this. No family relationship is ultimate; relationship to Christ is.

Everything else is secondary. Treasuring Christ is more important than anything that can be offered in this precarious life, and therefore we ought not make secondary things primary. We must understand that secondary things are not guaranteed, but Christ is. So it is with marriage. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days or it may be covered with clouds The partial will pass into Perfect I will exalt Christ in my singleness to display the truths of Christ and His Kingdom, and if I do ever marry, I hope that my marriage would be one that is captivated by and is a testament to the covenant-keeping love of Christ.

Jun 07, Todd Wilhelm rated it really liked it. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way.

Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it. The partial will pass into the Perfect. The foretaste will lead to the Banquet.

The troubled path will end in Paradise. A hundred candle-lit evenings will come to their consummation in the marriage supper of the Lamb. To that end may God give us eyes to see what matters most in this life. May the Holy Spirit, whom he sends, make his crucified and risen Son the supreme Treasure of our lives.

And may the Treasure so satisfy our souls that the root of every marriage-destroying impulse is severed. And may the marriage-watching world be captivated by the covenant-keeping love of Christ. May 18, Bambi Moore rated it really liked it Shelves: Wish I had read this years ago! This book is applicable to newlyweds, those who have been married for many years, the not-yet-married, the divorced, the widowed. It speaks on a wide variety of issues and the chapter on sexuality in marriage is tastefully done.

The second half of the book was better than the first. Challenging yet grace-filled teaching on divorce and remarriage. May 09, Sam rated it really liked it. After seeing a video posted on Desiring God dot org, presenting a couple with a disabled husband and the powerful love of Jesus, I had to read this book. I was not disappointed. Pastor John Piper writes, "The most foundation thing to see from the Bible about marriage is that it is God's doing.

And the ultimate thing to see from the Bible about marriage is that it is for God's glory. Beginning each chapter with a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison , John Piper looks through the key texts in the new testament on marriage. He covers topics such as foundations of headship, fearless submission, raising children, singleness, hospitality, and warnings against divorce always coming back to the primary theme - marriage exists to display the covenant-keeping relationship between Christ and the church.

While I enjoyed the whole book, two of the best chapters were actually on singleness chapters 9 and Is is a shame that these two chapters are housed in a book on marriage, a book that most single people may never think to read. They are worth the read. Overall, this was a great book! I appreciate John Piper's contagious passion for God's glory in all things.

Great read, great book, awesome God! Apr 04, Sally Ewan rated it really liked it Shelves: I love John Piper, and I love God even more! I am grateful for John Piper's ministry, his desire to apply God's Word to our lives and help us live rightly. I found this book very helpful in reminding me that I am a living message to this fallen world. My husband read this book, and said, "He keeps saying the same thing over and over again! Our earthly marriages are a picture, a parable, of Christ's love for the church and His sacrifice on our behalf. My marriage is to show that, to model sacrificial, covenantal, selfless love for my husband, so that the world will see what love looks like.

I have far to go, but I believe with all my heart that God is and will continue to enable me to love my husband rightly. And as we learn to love each other better, we are growing in our understanding of Christ's perfect love for us, and delighting in a taste of heaven, when we shall be known fully by the One Who made us and desires the best for us. This Momentary Marriage is different from the other marriage books that I have read. It doesn't deal with as much of the day-to-day, practical issues.

There is some of that, but it mostly wants to get our hearts focused on the fact that this marriage is temporary. It will not last into eternity. The main purpose of marriage is to point towards the future union with Christ. I found this book to be very helpful. When we focus on Jesus and making our marriage glorify him instead of focusing on all t This Momentary Marriage is different from the other marriage books that I have read.

When we focus on Jesus and making our marriage glorify him instead of focusing on all the small details of marriage, everything else becomes less important. There are also 2 great chapters on singleness that I think every Christian should read. Aug 07, Niki Shirkman rated it really liked it. Very Biblically-sound perspective on marriage and its main purpose of pointing to Christ's covenant-keeping love with the church. It's more theological than practical, but that is not a negative thing.

It lifted my eyes to the great sacredness of the covenant of marriage, in a world wrought with divorce. Jul 22, Becky Pliego rated it it was amazing Shelves: This an excellent book.

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It is different than the other books on marriage in that it starts -and ends- stressing the main biblical purpose on marriage: I love this paragraph in which he is talking about forgiveness: Forgive as you have forgiven. Bear with as This an excellent book. Bear with as He bears with you. This holds true whether you are married to a believer or an unbeliever. Let the measure of God's grace to you in cross of Christ be the measure of your grace to your spouse.

We need to meditate on the Bible for ourselves. We need to read the insight of others. We need the counsel of wise friends who are seasoned with suffering. We need the church to support us when everything falls apart Wives, sink your roots by faith into Christ through the gospel until you become a more merciful person. And then treat each other out of this tender mercy with kindness. The battle is with is with our own unmerciful inner person. Fight that battle by faith, through the gospel, in prayer. Be stunned and broken and built up and made glad and merciful because you are chosen, holy, loved.

Very good and always timely February Apr 29, Allison rated it liked it Shelves: A nice addition to the collection of Christian books on marriage. However I was astounded at how repetitive the book was. I didn't do a firm calculation, but I think you could cut out approximately half of the book and all of the content would still remain.

I found it extremely tedious for Piper to recap what he just said in the previous chapter, what he just said in the previous paragraph, what he said two chapters ago in case you didn't catch it the first three times I also found the book mor A nice addition to the collection of Christian books on marriage.

I also found the book more theological in it's style than pastoral. It felt like a skipping stones - the rock only just touches the surface. I didn't want to read a theology of marriage, but it seemed like that's what Piper wanted to write. And this book simply was too short and the effort wasn't made in that direction to pull off actually diving into the deep theological aspects. I liked the Bonhoeffer quotes but sometimes found myself wondering if I should be reading him instead.

Overall, a good addition to the library, but not one I'd see myself recommending to someone looking for their first book on Christian marriage. It introduces too many concepts and doesn't wholly or holistically address the questions that could arise. Nov 19, Caitlin rated it really liked it. I read this a while ago and realized I never reviewed it. I really enjoyed this short yet powerful book.

I especially loved the metaphor of the compost pile p. Overall this little book was so practical and encouraging; Piper emphasizes the need for overwhelming GRACE in marriages that flows from the grace we've received throu I read this a while ago and realized I never reviewed it. Overall this little book was so practical and encouraging; Piper emphasizes the need for overwhelming GRACE in marriages that flows from the grace we've received through Jesus.

Christ always forgives and endures more than we do Let the measure of God's grace to you in the cross of Christ be the measure of your grace to your spouse. Oct 07, Abby rated it really liked it. Piper's interpretation of the "exception clause" in Matthew 19 was very helpful. He builds his argument on his view of husband and wife as a picture of Christ and the church. Others say a more Scripturally-based picture is that of head and body. There are problems with the Christ-church analogy.

For instance, the husband is not Christ. His understanding of Scripture does not allow remarriage under any circumstances. Hence a woman whose husband leaves her and marries another, has no biblical defense in her desire to remarry. Though Piper admits that this is a minority view among Christians, his conscience binds him to it. I tend to disagree with this view and believe that the innocent party may remarry. Yet I understand how Piper arrives at his view and can see how it is consistent with the rest of his views. The second area of disagreement or perhaps potential disagreement was in his view of procreation within marriage.

Again, because of his starting point at Ephesians 5, he has to raise the importance of spiritual children over natural children, saying that the absolute commands of Scripture pertain to evangelism and not to procreation. In most cases both will happen, but Piper does allow for marriages that deliberately exclude children; I am not so sure we can build a strong biblical argument for this. But even in these chapters, as with all the rest, I learned a great deal.

Particularly strong are the chapters dealing with headship where he writes of the humbling nature of biblical headship and the chapter dealing with the gift of sex in marriage. Also excellent was the rather unexpected but necessary chapter on singleness. Perhaps the emphasis I most enjoyed is this: Instead, marriage is about the long-term commitment to make a statement about God to the rest of the world.

We speak often of the wonder of being married tell one of us dies. It has not been trouble-free. It is a powerful book that turns constantly to the Bible, to the Creator of marriage, to gain his perspective. It is not practical in the sense of offering six easy steps to a healthy marriage, but practical in the sense that it offers a biblical foundation that can support and sustain a healthy, God-honoring marriage. Piper waited forty years to write this book and those long years are reflected from the first page to the last.

As a companion volume to This Momentary Marriage Piper has released a collection of poetry under the title Velvet Steel: The Joy of Being Married to You. He says that it is an overflow of his affection for his wife and that in some way this book completes This Momentary Marriage. Where This Momentary Marriage deals primarily with covenant-keeping and not the affections of being in-love, Velvet Steel gives some examples of what the affections have been like over the past forty years.

The poems are arranged chronologically, perhaps not in the order they were written, but in the order of their application to marriage.

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence

So the first poems speak of a wedding and the final ones speak of death. Most of the poems are short, just a page or two in length. Many are excerpts of longer works. Though I do not read poetry as often as I ought and though I am not very skilled at reading and understanding it, I greatly enjoyed this little volume. I read through it on my own and then returned to some of the selections later with my wife.

Piper is a gifted poet and in this little book he communicates not only what he could not communicate because of the theme of the first book, but also because of the genre. There are some things that only poetry can communicate; great affections often turn from prose to poetry and for good reason.

Here Piper shares his affections in a wonderful collection of little poems. It is a perfect companion to This Momentary Marriage.