Altared: The True Story of a She, a He, and How They Both by Claire

By Claire

“Altared is a must-read for younger Christians hungering for a practical, biblically wealthy tackle love and marriage within the twenty-first century.”
—Katelyn Beaty, editor, Christianity this present day magazine, Her.meneutics

 
Mar•riage-hap•py \mar´-ij-hap´e¯\ adj 1: Having an inordinate preoccupation with marital targets, occasionally on the fee of different Christian priorities, quite often obvious in evangelicals. 2: A giddiness stemming from all issues on the topic of marriage.
 
In the frenzied pursuit of romance, Christians occasionally lose sight of the best commandments: to like God and to like others. Distracted by way of marriage ceremony bells and exuberant hopes for a happily-ever-after, Christians usually disregard the better imaginative and prescient of Christ’s name to love.
 
What if God is much less labored up approximately marriage than we are?
 
With honesty and perception, Claire and Eli ask us to shift our considering clear of marriage or singleness and towards love and discipleship.
 
Drawing from luminaries like Augustine, the wilderness Fathers, and Bonhoeffer, they invite you to affix their real-life exploration of affection as they convincingly display why a love for God and for one’s neighbor are to be our best priorities, even if we're unmarried or married

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Before I had thought about what it meant to love my neighbor, I had thought extensively about whom I would choose to love. TO THE BARRICADES! Marriage-happiness also expressed itself by way of the culture wars. Focus on the Family was a significant presence on the airwaves in my town while I was growing up—I still know many plots from Adventures in Odyssey—and so I naturally identified the idea of Christianity with healthy families. My childhood church wasn’t all that political, but we were careful observers of politics when it came to the family.

7 Undoubtedly, such attempts are offered with the best of intentions, but the underlying message is a powerful one: if a person wants to participate meaningfully in a congregation as an adult—especially as a leader—he or she probably ought to get married. SEX-Y Sex, of course, is another way I found traces of marriage-happiness. Obviously, for a teenage boy, sex is a huge deal: you guard your eyes, guard your heart, guard the heart of any girl you like, all while living as a hostage to your hormones.

Before we can let our love expand into Christ’s, we must unfasten our notions of love from cultural visions—secular or evangelical—and instead direct our affections to Christ, letting Him direct us from there (see Matthew 6:33). Our vision of “Christian marriage” and “Christian family”—even if offered with good intentions—must not define Christlike love but rather Christ must be our guide. In other words, we cannot let our own notions of marriage shape our love. Love should shape our notion of marriage.

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