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

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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”.

This book has a companion Study guide.

About the Author

Dave Harvey is responsible for church care, church planting and international expansion for Sovereign Grace Ministries. He has served as a member of the Sovereign Grace Ministries leadership team since 1995. Dave also devotes a portion of his time to continuing to serve on the Pastoral Team of Covenant Fellowship Church, where he has served since 1986.

He received a Master of Arts in Missiology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1989, worked toward a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1993 to 1995, and in 2001 became a graduate in Westminster’s D.Min. program. The subject of his doctoral thesis was the identification and equipping of church planters. Dave has served on the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation since 2006.

Dave is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage. He has contributed a chapter to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World and a chapter to Why Small Groups? Dave has authored several booklets and continues to work on other writing projects.

Dave lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kimm, their four children, and despite his many protests, one stray cat.


Book Details

189 Pages
Publisher: Shepherd Press
Publication Date: June 2007
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, 2007
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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