Review: When Sinners Say “I Do”

Marriage is a beautiful thing. It is where two people become one flesh. It is meant to be a reflection of Christ and the church. But the reality is marriage involves two sinners loving and living with one another in a relationship like no other. How can we navigate, then, how to live in light of this? Thanks to Dave Harvey, those preparing for marriage, those recently married, and those who have been married for years will find wisdom in the When Sinners Say “I Do” DVD series.

In eight sessions, Dave personally walks us through the power of the gospel for marriage. The first when_sinners_say_i_do_dvdtwo sessions bring us to an understanding of our sin and that our biggest problem is within us. In session three, he opens our eyes to what God’s design is for marriage. From there, he addresses the issue of contentment in marriage (session 4), the need for mercy (sessions 5-6), the general guide to great sex (session 7), and ends on the note of stubborn grace (session 8).

I am not sure I cannot express how much I recommend to you this resource. Dave Harvey does a God-honoring job of addressing the realities of marriage. He points to Scripture for the foundation of what he is talking about, using both traditional Bible passages for the topic of marriage and others that, at first glance, may not be thought about for marriage. I am thankful for the robust and consistent application of the gospel Harvey makes in addressing marriage. The need for mercy and grace is needed in marriage when we are reminded we are sinners. I so appreciate Harvey’s emphasis on that! The only critique I would make, and not so much a critique, is the order of the first two topics. I was curious as to why sin (sessions 1-2) was discussed before looking at God’s design for marriage (session 3). Nevertheless, I am very pleased with this resource. If you are looking for a resource that points you to the implications of the gospel in marriage, this DVD series is for you!

I received this book for free from Shepherd Press via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.

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