Book Review: Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage, by Gary Thomas
Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage, by Gary Thomas, is one of the better books on marriage I have read in recent years. The author’s premise is that
The way we treat something acknowledges whether we cherish it or hold it with indifference or contempt… Cultivating a cherishing attitude toward your spouse will elevate your marriage relationally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically.
Thomas’ first book, Sacred Marriage, focused on admitting and addressing the difficult realities of marriage. Cherish takes a look at the ideal, and while we may never achieve it fully, “pursuing it leads us to a place so beautiful that the journey is well worth taking.”
Most of us don’t want a marriage where we merely tolerate one another because we don’t qualify for a “biblical” divorce. We want our husbands to view us as Eve, the only woman in the world, or our wives to view us as Adam, the only man in the world. We long to be valued, respected, and cherished. Throughout the book, the author presents practical ideas on how to do just that. He explores how to cherish your spouse through your words, actions, attitudes, and deeds. Using real life examples from his own marriage and stories from others, he demonstrates the power that cherishing can have in one’s marriage.
Reading the book and practicing the concepts will give your relationship a new sense of hope and promise. Since God places a high value on marriage, it is well worth the effort.
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