(*Update: This post had been unpublished while I worked to gain some perspective. I have done so. I am in a different place. I am republishing for purposes of honest continuity.)
Work in progress as I read the book.
I’m not certain what brought this book to my attention but marriage is at the foremost of my personal interests, most especially Godly marriage, and many years have given me a deep respect for the teachings of Tim Keller.
I’m 2⁄3rds of the way in and I’m rethinking how I need to write this review. There is simply too much outstanding content in each chapter to cite even a portion it all.
I’m absolutely loving this book as one of the best I have read in a long long while. I often think people find my views and ideas on marriage to be a little archaic if not strange. It’s very affirming to read a man such as Tim Kellar not only sharing many of those ideas but expounding upon them in a much more erudite manner. The man frequently, I mean very frequently, cites the wisdom of C. S. Lewis and prefaces it with an explanation of ‘why’ that far outstrips the one I’ve been giving my pastors and armchair theologians for decades. Same reasons, far better spoken.
Society’s idea of a Soulmate: A perfectly compatable match
…we quickly came to see that we shared the secret thread that C.S. Lewis says is the thing that turns people into close friends, or more…
You may have noticed that the books you really love are bound together a secret thread. You know very well what is the common quality that makes you love them; but you cannot put it into words. Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling of that something which you were born desiring? — C. S. Lewis