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 pragmatic, biblically wealthy tackle love and marriage within the twenty-first century.”
—Katelyn Beaty, editor, Christianity at the present time magazine, Her.meneutics

 
Mar•riage-hap•py \mar´-ij-hap´e¯\ adj 1: Having an inordinate preoccupation with marital objectives, occasionally on the price of alternative Christian priorities, regularly noticeable in evangelicals. 2: A giddiness stemming from all issues regarding marriage.
 
In the frenzied pursuit of romance, Christians occasionally lose sight of the best commandments: to like God and to like others. Distracted via marriage ceremony bells and exuberant hopes for a happily-ever-after, Christians frequently omit 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 pondering clear of marriage or singleness and towards love and discipleship.
 
Drawing from luminaries like Augustine, the desolate tract Fathers, and Bonhoeffer, they invite you to affix their real-life exploration of affection as they convincingly reveal why a love for God and for one’s neighbor are to be our most sensible priorities, no matter if we're unmarried or married.

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Love—Religious aspects—Christianity. 2. Marriage–Religious aspects—Christianity. I. Eli. II. Title. 1 CONTENTS Cover Title Page Copyright Preface Purple Days Love Thy Neighbor The Train Rumbles Through Tattered Ledgers Self-Denial and the Tyranny of Mine Those Who Have Flung Themselves Focus Off the Family? The Lost Chapter Tips from Tolstoy What Would It Mean? Beach Balls and Sex Talks Loneliness, the Ache Solitude, the Posture A Conclusion Appendix A: Questions and Answers Appendix B: Love Discussion Questions Acknowledgments Notes PREFACE One didn’t have to look far to find a marriage book in my parents’ house.

And I thought fulfillment would arrive in terms of attraction, emotional connection, and long-term compatibility, among other criteria, including but not limited to: green eyes, a shapely face, talent, and a sparkling personality. She would need to like music, but not the wrong type; be smart, but not the wrong type of smart, and so forth. Love meant finding someone with the right attributes and ticking off the ol’ checklist. This was not the same as Christ’s love. Christ’s love had little to do with my checklist and seemed to focus more on the poor, the weak, and the people least likely to be wanted.

Purity was not exclusively about sex, but rather, came so far before sex that flirting was often the great evil. Kissing, attention, misdirected thoughts: these were menaces to innocence. And so the whole great mass of men was sieved out through the risk they posed to our pre-married hearts. Boys weren’t friends; they were Husbands or Purity Threats. —and afterward my conscience felt tattered and confused. ” Feelings like this were a normal part of growing up, and without question, I am grateful for the wisdom others imparted to me.

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