Posted by: jmark | August 24, 2005

Book Review – Sex Romance & the Glory of God by C. J. Mahaney

Sex – God created it, the world abuses it, and most Christians are embarrassed by it.

The way the world treats sex is like using a Stradivarius violin to hammer in nails – a thing of wondrous beauty misused and trashed beyond all recognition. For years Christian men have been sold a pack of lies by the media. We have lost the vision of what God intended in marriage.

CJ Mahaney’s book returns us to the maker’s instructions and restores a much profounder biblical perspective of romance within marriage as God intended it. He uses the Song of Solomon to illustrate how men should treat their wives. He puts the masterpiece of marriage back into its God-given frame, showing the significance of what marriage demonstrates – the relationship between Christ and his people. He calls Christian men to selfless sacrificial love, like Christ’s love for his Church. He calls men to be leaders, a much-needed truth; and to be thoughtful caring servant husbands, possibly a more needed truth.

One of the great lessons repeatedly brought home is: “Before you touch her body, touch her heart and mind.”

Too often men are more focused on their needs and pleasures. This is not what God intended in marriage – a selfless giving by each person. Mahaney then proceeds to illustrate what this means, and to help us men with the task of romancing our wives, and to develop marriages that go way beyond the physical side of the relationship.

This book is a must read for all married men. Some may find Mahaney’s frankness startling, but he deals with this delicate subject without being crude or explicit. Mahaney’s wife, Carolyn, has added an appendix, “A Word to Wives”, which contains much of what we might want to say to our wives, but are afraid to.

I strongly recommend you read this book, and put his suggestions into practice so that in a world where marriage is unfashionable and often self-serving, we will be able to live God-honouring, God-glorifying marriages.

Men, buy it and surprise your wife. Ladies, buy it for your husbands.

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