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Overview A Christian psychologist invites couples to energize their intimacy by bonding spiritually. His book teaches men and women in a committed relationship to pray together, create "spiritual conversations", read and study Scripture together, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide.
Publishers Description Isn't sexual -- or emotional -- intimacy enough? "No," says Christian psychologist Dr. David Clarke. "Spiritual bonding is the process by which a couple cultivates the presence of God in their relationship," he says, "and it's the only 'glue' that sustains relationships long-term." Working with hundreds of couples, Clarke observes that when we take specific steps to keep God at the center of our relationships, every area of intimacy is energized. This book teaches men and women in a committed relationship how to pray together, create "spiritual conversations," read and study Scripture together, hold private worship sessions, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide them. It's extremely practical counsel all couples need today.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Marriage After God's Own Heart by David Clarke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 02/19/2001 page 13
Christian Home & School - 12/01/2001 page 24
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 5, 2001
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1576737551 ISBN13 9781576737552
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More About David Clarke
David Clarke, Ph.D. is a Christian psychologist in private practice in the Tampa, Florida, area. He holds a master's degree in biblical studies from Dallas Seminary and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Western Seminary. Clarke is a popular speaker and the author of Men Are Clams, Women Are Crowbars and Winning the Parenting War. He lives with his wife and four children.
David Clarke currently resides in Tampa, in the state of Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Marriage After God's Own Heart?
The Best of Its Kind Jan 24, 2007
I have read many books on building a strong marriage or repairing a damaged one. Many of them are very good, others, not so much. Without question, this book, A MARRIAGE AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART by David Clarke, presents the married couple with the absolute best advice to building a marriage that reaches levels rarely found in marriages. I would even go so far as to say, if a couple follows what Clarke outlines here, adheres to it with vigilance, you absolutely cannot fail in your marriage. I know that is a very strong statement to make, but I truly believe it.
As the title clearly states, this book is about using your marital relationship to strengthen your relationship with God, and in doing so, having the kind of blissful relationship in marriage that God intended you to have. If you do not feel the need to have God in your life, or to ask for God's guidance in your marriage, then by all means, do not buy this book, but if you know your relationship will be enhanced a thousand-fold with God's guidance and inclusion in your lives, this book gives clear, concise direction in how to make it happen for you.
Clarke covers every aspect and angle of building a spiritual bond with your mate. No only does he educate readers on the importance of spiritual bonding, but gives step by step detailed instructions on things such as how to broach the subject with a reluctant mate and becoming prayer partners.
There are those who will shallowly conclude that only God-focused Christians will have a successful marriage. That may be true if you consider fifty years of living together in misery a success. What David Clarke is focusing on here transcends the short-sighted success of longevity and strives instead for a lifetime of blissful happiness between a man and woman. Is that to say there will be strife or turmoil? Certainly not. But with God guiding your way, strife and turmoil become hurdles rather than roadblocks.
Pastor Monty Rainey
A Marriage After God's Own Heart Jul 30, 2006
This is an excellent book to give as a wedding gift.
Encourage the newly married who invited God to their wedding to also invite Him into their marriage!
Kim Parker, Richmond, Virginia
This book is great! Aug 18, 2005
This book is a wonderful guide to getting a Christian marriage on track, and getting to a passionate, fulfilling relationship. The author writes with humor and uses funny examples from his own marriage to show how he went from an average relationship to an incredible one. I highly recommend this book.
SOME practical advice Feb 23, 2004
The basic premise of this book is that the spiritual bond between a man and wife is very important, and Clarke ends up giving some very practical tips that will help you build this bond. He also intersperses some helpful examples from his experience as a marriage counselor.
I am rating the book a three, but it could very well be a four for me. I down-graded the book because it took a long time to get to the meat. Examples are great for supporting a case, but sometimes they dilute the content when there are too many, and I felt like there was some dilution in this case. If I had rated the book after three chapters, it would have been a two, but I really thought that the advice and insight in the later parts of the book were helpful.
One of the helpful things that Clarke talks about are how to build a good prayer life together, and he addresses four different stages of spiritual vitality that a couple may be at. He does not presume that you are either an on-fire Christian or an outright spiritual rebel, and he strives to give advice for wherever you might be.
Clarke also spends chapters on sex and communication that I found helpful because he spoke from both the perspective of the wife and the husband, and addressed key issues for each. The advice most helpful to me, as a guy, was to be pro-active in developing communication with my wife. This is something that does not always come naturally to me, so I appreciated his insight.
The chapters are very short, which I think is a good thing because you can soak in smaller chunks of information at a time. I would recommend this book to Christian couples, with my advice being to skim the first few chapters and to take good notes throughout the rest of the book.
Fantastic way to complete the cord of three Jul 21, 2002
As christians we know that a marraige built around God is the key to building lasting true happiness with our spouse. This book is practical, and explanatory on how to achieve this ever so important goal. Highly recommended for all who desire to reach new peaks in marrital and personal intimacy with christ.