When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

When Sinners Say
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Harvey, Dave


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"This is the best book on marriage I have ever read."
Paul D. Tripp, President of Paul Tripp Ministries and Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

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Publisher's Description

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. Dave Harvey's When Sinners Say "I Do" is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.

Dave's writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God's word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say "I do".

192 Pages
Published 2007

About the Author

Dave Harvey is senior pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church (Glen Mills, PA), part of a family of churches called Sovereign Grace Ministries. He received his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dave lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kimm, and their four children.

Book Details

192 Pages
Publisher: Shepherd Press
ISBN 10: 0976758261
ISBN 13: 9780976758266

“This book is destined to become a classic. Dave Harvey has done for the subject of marriage with When Sinners Say I Do what Tedd Tripp did for parenting with Shepherding a Child's Heart—he has resisted the urge merely to rattle off a series of techniques and principles and has sought rather to apply the gospel to every aspect of marriage. He does this in an engaging, conversational style that reads easily and is punctuated with applicable and moving illustrations of the gospel's relevance to your marriage. I wish every married couple, and every couple preparing for marriage, would read this book. My wife and I are sure to read it again and again.”
- Jim Weidenaar, Westminster Bookstore Staff, Phd Candidate, Westminster Theological Seminary
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“I read this book on marriage and this an honest impression of mine: it blew me away. I was very glad to write the foreword to this book because it was probably one of the most honest looks at the joys and struggles of marriage, a marriage between two flawed people who are living in a fallen world who are the sons and daughters of a faithful God. You're selling yourself short if you don't read this book. Don't read it only if you're married. Everyone should read this book because it has so much to say about the struggles that happen when sinners live near sinners; and how God rescues us by His grace and gives us the possibility of having good relationships...This is the best book on marriage I have ever read.”
- Paul D. Tripp, President of Paul Tripp Ministries and Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Dave Harvey skillfully exposes the real root of most marriage problems — each spouse is still a sinner. But he doesn't leave us to wallow in our sin. He shows the way out through the ongoing power of the gospel. This book will be helpful for any married couple whether they've been married five weeks or fifty years.”
- Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness

“Dave Harvey not only offers a biblical diagnosis of marital strife, but prescribes the cure as well - the gospel. When Sinners Say "I Do" provides clarity in conflict, hope in despair, and points the way to a joy-filled, God glorifying marriage.”
- C.J. Mahaney, author of Humility

“This is a wonderful book. It is honest, refreshing, practical, and above all biblical. These carefully written pages spill over with truth and grace. This book is liberating and Christ-centered, pointing the way to God-empowered marriage.”
- Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven