5 Minutes for Books: This Momentary Marriage

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Staying Married is Not About Staying in Love is the title of Chapter One in John Piper’s This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. Very different from the world has to say on the subject of marriage, isn’t it? In fact, the entire book is very contrary to society’s take on the bonds of matrimony. To the world, they are bonds easily broken without a second thought. To which Piper responds, “Staying married, therefore, is not mainly about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant” (p. 25).

This Momentary Marriage is a work that flies in the face of conventional thought on marriage, specifically its purpose. Piper delves into the Scripture to uncover what marriage portrays to the world around us.

The ultimate thing we can say about marriage is that it exists for God’s glory. That is, it exists to display God. Now we see how: Marriage is patterned after Christ’s covenant relationship to his redeemed people, the church. And therefore, the highest meaning and the most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display. That is why marriage exists. If you are married, that is why you are married. If you hope to be, that should be your dream. (p. 25)

Piper points out, through Scripture, the roles a husband and wife must assume in order to achieve a covenant-keeping marriage. He doesn’t say it will be easy. He does say that it will be worth the effort. (By the way, Piper and his wife have been married 40 years.)

Whether you’re still single, a newlywed, or even if you’ve just celebrated your silver anniversary, This Momentary Marriage is a book that will change the way you feel about marriage. It will cause you to strive for something more meaningful than the love that chick flicks and romance novels sell us. It will open your eyes to the greatest love ever found.

At 5 Minutes for Books, we rate our best of the best books as 5 Star Reads. This book has been added to that list. Check out the others.

If you’d like to win one of THREE copies (U.S. residents) please leave a comment here if you’d like to win. We’ll announce the winners in next Monday’s book review column right here.

The winners of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s True Love are #29 Lavonne, #7 Linda Kish, #36 Cindi.

Disclosure: Thanks to Crossway for allowing me to review this book.

5 Minutes for Books contributor Melissa & her husband are nearing their 17th anniversary, but she still has much to learn about marriage. She resides in Virginia and blogs at Breath of Life.

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1 Stacy February 8, 2010 at 12:10 am

I love books about marriage and this sounds like a great one. Count me in!


2 MaryBeth February 8, 2010 at 12:14 am

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!


3 staceyk February 8, 2010 at 12:20 am

looks like a great read!


4 Jinii February 8, 2010 at 12:38 am

Count me in


5 Dezi Allen February 8, 2010 at 12:49 am

I’d like to read this for sure.


6 Becky February 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

Oh, WOW!! This book is on my “wish list.” I would love to read it. Another great one I’m currently reading: When Sinners Say ‘I Do.’
After six years of marriage, I definitely am benefiting from re-visiting the biblical foundations of the God-ordained institution of marriage!


7 Susan February 8, 2010 at 2:36 am

Wow. That is a different perspective on marriage from what the world teaches us. Sounds like a good book.


8 Melissa February 8, 2010 at 5:25 am

This sounds like a great book and I would love to win a copy.


9 Heather February 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

This book sounds incredible! :)


10 Nicole February 8, 2010 at 8:03 am

this sounds like a great book!


11 Jen February 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

Sounds good…would like to try reading it.


12 edj February 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

Ooh! Pick me! I want to read it!


13 Liz February 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

I would really like to read that book. I’ve read another book about marriage, and the premise is along the same lines. It would be wonderful to add this one to my library.


14 Julia February 8, 2010 at 9:08 am

I’ve enjoyed John Piper’s sermons. Count me in.


15 Laura February 8, 2010 at 9:20 am

Piper has a way of getting to the heart of a matter. I’d love a copy.


16 Lindsey February 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

I would love to win a copy – John Piper is someone I would like to read more of. Thanks for the great giveaway! And the review was awesome, too. :-)


17 Annie February 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

I would love this book. I have read some of Piper’s other books and enjoy his very Biblical perspective. Thanks for the opportunity.


18 Amber February 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

We are huge Piper fans in our household. I am sure this book will not disappoint!


19 Angel S. February 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

Very timely read in society today.


20 Jennifer February 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I follow Mellisa’s blog and she is a blessing! I would love to have a copy of this book!!! Thanks for the opportunity!


21 Fonda February 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.


22 Tammy Gordon February 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I’d like to win!


23 Amy from Occupation: Mommy February 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Love John Piper, this sounds like a great book!


24 Bebemiqui February 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

This is a Piper book I don’t have, but I would love to win it!


25 Lisa February 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I’d love to win this book. John Piper is one of my favorite authors.

I’m looking forward to meeting you at Disney Social Media Moms!


26 Marj McClendon February 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I would like to read this. It is a rough time in my own marriage even though I am a Christian Christ follower. It sure would not hurt me and help is always just around the corner.


27 ali February 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I’d love to read that book!


28 Linda Kish February 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Although not personally married, I would like this for my son and his wife.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


29 jenna February 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I almost ordered this for Valentine’s Day – I guess that means I’m supposed to win. :)


30 Jen February 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I love this subject. Count me in!


31 Peggy Gorman February 9, 2010 at 8:46 am

Sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for the chance


32 Becky February 9, 2010 at 10:15 am

Sounds like a great book..cant wait to read it!


33 fromdiaperstodorms.com February 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

Wow. This sounds like a fantastic book that I would love to read and then pass around my circle of friends. Thanks for the chance to win!


34 Melissa February 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

This books sounds wonderful!!


35 jenny martin February 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I would like to read this book, seems to be the “real deal” about marriage.


36 LaVonne February 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

This one sounds even better than last week! Thanks, BTW, for the win of that one. I do love marriage books. :)


37 Linda Kish February 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I’d love to win and read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


38 Hope February 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I would love to add this book to my collection of books on marriage!


39 kirsten February 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

i’d love to win thanks


40 Cassandra February 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!


41 Leslie February 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm

This looks like an amazing book, I would love to win a copy!


42 Sonia February 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

My husband and I love Piper, so this would be a great addition to our library.


43 Anita Yancey February 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Sounds very interesting, and I’d really like to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


44 Forgetfulone February 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I hope I’m not too late. I could really use this book.


45 Forgetfulone February 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I’m a subscriber.


46 Amber February 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I am a subscriber.


47 Amber February 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I have your button linked on my blog.


48 Some Lucky Dog February 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

I’d love to read about marriage from this perspective! I am fortunate to have a wonderful marriage, but there’s always more to learn!


49 Winning Readings February 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

Would love to read this!

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/02/this-momentary-marriage.html

janemaritz at yahoo dot com


50 The Gang's Momma February 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

My family are all big John Piper fans and I’ve never read anything of his. I’d LOVE to read this one, as I’m always up for a new perspective on marriage and family. Thanks for the chance.


51 Page Turner (Heather) February 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I would love to read this book!


52 Rebekah February 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

This sounds wonderful – God has been opening my eyes in the last year or so to His meaning of marriage, and this book sounds like it will be even more revelatory!!


53 Benita G . February 14, 2010 at 11:13 am

I’d love to read this. Thanks for the possibility.



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