"John Piper is best known for his keen theological insights, passionate preaching and pastoral sensitivity. This Momentary Marriage combines the best of these things and provides a welcome exposition of marriage — what he calls a “parable of permanence.” Piper writes with the conviction that the chief end of marriage is the glory of God in and through his son Jesus Christ. I am delighted to have such a theologically rich and profoundly practical book to recommend to both married and soon-to-be married couples alike. This Momentary Marriage was hands down the most challenging and beneficial book that my wife and I read in the months leading up to our wedding and marriage.
This Momentary Marriage is unique in a number of ways. Rather than focusing exclusively on the interpersonal issues (communication, decision-making, etc.) involved in marital relationships, Piper draws out the theological implications of the marriage covenant in his typically insightful and engaging style. Firmly grounding the ‘doctrine of marriage’ in the sacrificial life and death of Jesus Christ, he writes that “the most foundational thing you can say about marriage is that it is the doing of God, and the ultimate thing you can say about the marriage is that it is for the display of God" (pg 41).
Marriage is shown to be a deeply rooted covenant commitment between one man and one woman. As such, it is patterned after the covenant relationship between Christ and his church and displays to the world the fidelity, commitment, and sacrificial love involved in this relationship. Piper writes, “Marriage is not mainly about being or staying in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. It’s about portraying something true about Jesus Christ and the way he relates to his people. It is about showing in real life the glory of the gospel” (pg 26).
This Momentary Marriage is a welcome and much-needed addition to the multitude of books already available on this infinitely important topic. This is the book my wife and I give to our friends and family on their wedding days. I anticipate returning again and again to the robust portrait of marriage set forth in these pages. Outstandingly gospel-centered, remarkably challenging, and thoroughly biblical — I cannot recommend this book enough! I wish every couple — married and unmarried — would read this book and devour its insights. "
- Benjamin Thocher, Westminster Bookstore Staff