How does a godly marriage relate to Christ and His body of believers?

I intend to go more in-depth about some of the concepts listed in this book during the following year, but for an overview, here is the review I left on Amazon. Follow my blog and visit this page if you are interested in hearing what’s coming up: 

The book is available here (just released today!), if you’d like to read it and contribute to the conversation:

The Eden Concept: Marriage God’s Way, by Dana and Kimberly Williams, is an honest look at God’s plan for every marriage. It wouldn’t matter if you had been born in the dawn of creation, the dark ages, the 50s, or this millennium, this book give ageless advice because it is based on something that never changes: scripture. Within its pages, you will not only find great advice about how to proceed with your own marriage (taking many different situations into account), but you will learn how the Biblical concept of a physical marriage is God’s object lesson to help us understand our relationship with Him (our spiritual marriage) — specifically, Christ’s relationship to the body of believers as a whole. If your marriage is struggling, you will find much needed help by reading this book. If you are looking to improve an already fantastic marriage, you will find deep truths and eye-opening concepts that will help you analyze the dynamics of your marriage so you can keep it going strong for a lifetime. Above all, if you desire a closer walk with the Lord, this book offers keen insight on how to put our love for Him into action. It is full of practical things you can try right now to make a difference in your life, and would also make a great Bible study tool for individuals, couples, or groups who are longing to make a deeper connection in their physical and spiritual relationships.

This book hits on some interesting topics: equality of the sexes, gender roles in marriage, the affects of sin, the importance of the foundation of scripture for all aspects of our lives, humility, jealousy, the command to love one another (which I am convinced must manifest itself in the way we treat one another, not in the way we feel toward one another), forgiveness, finances, gossip, honor, raising children in a godly home, hypocrisy, our witness to the lost, and more. As I read through the book, I took notes that I thought would make interesting bouncing-off points for blog posts later on, and so I have my own in-depth notes concerning each of the items in the list above. What I’m trying to say is that this book is very deep, very practical, very interesting. It is definitely worth a read and some deep consideration of the many truths found within.

Some of the other strong points in this book: it does NOT fall into the category that I like to label “fluffy” Christianity. In other words, this book is not in existence to help Christians feel better about themselves even if they are living a life of sin. It exists to exhort us to good works, and it accomplishes that very well. Another thing it has going for it: it doesn’t just give you a scripture reference and leave you to look it up for yourself. We know that very rarely happens in the real world. Instead, the book includes the full text of the scriptures as they appear in your Bibles. Another strong point is that the book often goes all the way back to the Old Testament, to the very root of our beginnings to build a foundation that points us toward godliness and understanding of the age-old concept of marriage. Anyone who knows me knows how highly I value that single fact alone. Our God’s righteousness doesn’t change according to differing people groups or with the passage of time. What was right for Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, or the Israelites is still right for us today. Read this book; recommend it to your friends; you’ll be happy you did.

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

8 responses to “How does a godly marriage relate to Christ and His body of believers?

  1. Thanks for this review and share! I read Victoria Botkins ‘She Shall Be Called Woman’ study book and it was amazing. Ive been looking for another book I can read with my hubby since then. It seems if our marriages are right – with God being the head – then everything else is just a lot easier to handle.

    I will be getting this asap!

    • I am so glad this review was helpful to you! I am sure you will enjoy the book. It really does seem like everything falls neatly into place when we do things God’s way. I was on your blog the other day, reading a bit of what you posted about Passover. How did you enjoy your celebration?

      • It was nice thank you. It was the first time I put the two together. Still learning about it and the importance of it. I can’t wait for the day when my children ask me “why do we do these things” so I can share the story – just like the bible tells us to. 😀

      • Chrystal, that’s awesome!

  2. I’m glad you mentioned “fluffy Christianity”! Too much of that going around. I like when people can see the difference between hard honesty and feel-good faithy-ness!

    • Right! Fluffy Christianity preaches love (which is a good thing), but I feel that love is rarely properly defined in modern churches. It is generally left up to each individual to decide for themselves what love means, and that’s not a good thing, especially since we can be so deceived by our own hearts. We are to love according to the how the Father defines love in His Word. He has defined it in no uncertain terms, so that we will know how to love God and how to love man.
      “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
      “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (I John 5:3).
      “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love” (2 John 1:6).
      “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
      “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18).
      “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34).
      “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40).

      • Totally agree. Christians need a balance between love/grace and holiness/morality. We need both – and when we only care about one, or we only hold Christians accountable to one, we get way off balance! Fluffy Christianity is off balance by focusing exclusively on love/grace to the point of ignoring holiness/morality. Pharisee/Bible Thumper Christianity is off balance by focusing exclusively on holiness/morality and has no room to treat people with love or extend grace to them. We need both!

      • Amen! We need to do our best to obey, but to forgive/love ourselves and others when we fall short. Jesus Christ is the epitome of both grace and righteousness. Our sins were paid for by a loving God to meet the requirements of His justice.
        “God Himself will provide a lamb…” Genesis 22:8.

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