This Momentary Marriage
A Parable of Permanence
by John Piper
The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is—and has always been—gargantuan.
Reflecting on over forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christ’s covenant-keeping love for the church. He aims to lift the church’s low view of marriage to something infinitely greater, namely, a vision of Jesus’s unswerving allegiance to and affection for his bride. This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.
“The aim of this book is to enlarge your vision of what marriage is. As Bonhoeffer says, it is more than your love for each other. Vastly more. Its meaning is infinitely great. I say that with care. The meaning of marriage is the display of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people.”Tweet
Hardcover 2009; Paperback 2012
Crossway Books (Wheaton, Illinois)
This book is a treasure in an era when the common perspective on marriage has been more shaped by sitcoms and self-help books than by Scripture. Dr. Piper lifts our hearts and minds to God's vision for marriage. Embracing God's design and purposes for marriage can make our homes tastes of heaven.
—Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Biblical Womanhood in the Home; radio host, Revive Our Hearts
A highly original contribution to Christian teaching on marriage. A copy should be put into the hands of every couple preparing for lasting and loving wedlock.
—Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
This is not a 'how to' book on marriage. Instead, this is a 'why to' book. And that's what this culture desperately needs.
—Dennis Rainey, FamilyLife
This book grew out of John Piper's forty years of experience in marriage and many years of parenting, pastoring, and studying Scripture. It is filled with rich, practical wisdom about the nature of marriage as a wonderful but temporary gift from God. I have taught about marriage for over thirty years, and I still found much that I could learn from this book.
—Wayne Grudem, Phoenix Seminary
Miss the radical message of this book and you'll miss the joyful point of marriage. Heed the surprising call of this book and you'll appreciate the sacred privilege of marriage that our culture fails to see.
—Larry Crabb, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Colorado Christian University
John Piper's new book on marriage is an instant classic. It is at once biblical and devotional, the fruit of seasoned theological reflection and four decades of 'momentary' marriage.
—Andreas Köstenberger, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Founder, Biblical Foundations
The reason this book is so delightful is that it sets marriage within the matrix of the Bible's fundamental themes: the glory of God, the outworking of justification, the relationship between this life and the life to come, how husbands and wives are to interact with each other this side of the cross, and much more of the same. This is not another little 'how to' book-yet if its God-centered and gospel-centered theology is genuinely absorbed, so many of the 'how to' questions will be robustly answered.
—D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Theologically, this book exalts human marriage as a metaphor for the ultimate love story in Christ. Practically, it applies that glorious vision of grace to our daily experiences in marriage, singleness, parenthood, and the most universal of human realities-sin. This book opens our eyes and guides our feet with the grace of Christ.
—Ray Ortlund, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee