Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage by Gary L. Thomas

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (Jan. 10 2017)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English

Book Description

 “Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.”

Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book—Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever.

Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

Through personal stories and real world examples, Thomas proves what husbands and wives can begin doing today to turn their marriage around—even a marriage marred by neglect and disrespect.

So how do you cherish your spouse? Thomas will show you how going out of your way to notice them, appreciate them, honor them, encourage them, and hold them close to your heart will bring hope, light, and life into your marriage.


Cherish is full of wisdom, practical advice, and candor on a subject so personal and sacred---how to live the marriage you want every day. Gary Thomas brings truth and reminds us of Jesus in the midst of our earthly relationships. (Jennie Allen, author of Nothing to Prove and founder of IF:GATHERING)

Many of us vowed “to love and to cherish” when we married. We hear a lot of good advice about loving our spouses, and that’s certainly important---but there’s more. Gary Thomas shows us how to put love into action through cherishing the one we love. (Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family)

Gary Thomas has given a deep understanding and application of a key biblical concept that is sure to take any married couple who applies it to the next level. A must-read for every couple who wishes to grow their relationship. (Dr. Tony Evans, president of The Urban Alternative)

Sacred Marriage has become a classic, must-read book. Now Gary Thomas has written another wonderful book, Cherish, that focuses not just on loving your spouse, but on cherishing---treasuring, honoring, holding dear with tenderness, protecting, nurturing, and wanting to showcase---your spouse. This must-read book will be a tremendous help and blessing to couples and their marriages. (Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective)

Two words come to mind every time I pick up a book by Gary Thomas: profound and practical. I often cover relationships on my radio show, and nobody articulates God’s deepest desire for our relationships quite like Gary Thomas does. He’s both convicting and encouraging, challenging and empowering. If your marriage feels dull and lackluster, read thoughtfully and prayerfully through Gary’s new book, Cherish. You’re only pages away from a new day and a new way of relating to your spouse. (Susie Larson, talk radio host, national speaker, and author of Your Powerful Prayers)

Every married person desires to love and cherish their spouse. Most of us have a sense of what it means to love well. Few of us have a vision of what it means to cherish our spouse. Gary Thomas paints a vivid picture of what it means to truly cherish another human being. This book reveals new pathways to grow a healthy, dynamic, and life-giving marriage. (Dr. Kevin G. Harney, pastor, author, and founder of Organic Outreach International.)

There is nothing more beautiful than to be in a relationship with someone who is supposed to love you . . . and they actually love you. Cherish helps bring home that sweet, happy spot in marriage. (Dr. Tim Clinton, president of American Association of Christian Counselors)

Get ready to be inspired! This book is sure to lift your marriage to a higher level---that’s what it did for us. But Gary does more than inspire. He equips. He shows us how to lovingly care for and treasure our spouse like never before. Don’t miss out on this incredibly practical message. Your marriage will never be the same. (Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts)

Gary Thomas has done it again! He has a way of shifting my marriage paradigm to shed brilliant light on what it means practically to honor God in my marriage. By bringing to life one little word, Cherish will do the same for you. (Dr. Juli Slattery, president of Authentic Intimacy)

Every couple gets married with great intentions for their marriage. Their marriage is going to be different; it’s going to be special. But many couples lose their purpose, and life gets busy, hardships come, and the marriage they have isn’t the marriage they wanted. Every couple wants to improve their marriage, but many don’t know where to start. That’s what I love about Cherish. Gary Thomas gets to the heart of marriage. Soak in his wisdom, apply these principles, and watch God transform your marriage relationship into something you cherish. (Justin Davis, pastor of Hope City Church, founder of RefineUs Ministries, and author of Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough)

I’ve always been a huge fan of Gary Thomas’s books, but Cherish is special. It shows couples how to turn disappointing marriages into delightful ones. I especially appreciated the chapter on honoring each other. As I work with couples in not just disappointing marriages but destructive ones, dishonoring is a significant issue. I’m grateful for Gary’s validation of the fact that regularly withholding cherish in one’s marriage can rise to the level of emotional abuse. (Leslie Vernick, licensed counselor, relationship coach, and author of the bestselling The Emotionally Destructive Relationship

About the Author

 Gary Thomas’ writing and speaking focuses on bringing people closer to Christ and closer to others. He is the author of 18 books that have been translated into a dozen languages. These books include A Lifelong Love, Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?, The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, but Why?, Sacred Pathways, and the Gold Medallion award winner Authentic Faith. Gary holds an MA degree in systematic theology from Regent College, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary. He serves on the teaching team (and as Writer in Residence) at Second Baptist Church, Houston, and is an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation: how we can integrate Scripture, church history, and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into our modern experience of faith. Gary’s speaking ministry has led him to speak in 49 states and ten different countries, and on numerous national television and radio programs, including multiple appearances on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today. Gary enjoys running in his spare time and has completed 12 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 31 years and they have three adult children.

My Review

Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage is the first book that I have read by Gary L. Thomas. Cherish is a fascinating book that explores the marriage relationship and how that relationship can be improved by cherishing your partner.

To cherish your partner is such an obvious thing but how many of us put this into practice? Gary Thomas provides practical wisdom to help you attain the goal of improving your marriage relationship by cherishing your partner. Not just loving them but cherishing them for everything they do and everything that they are to you.

I found Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything For Your Marriage to be an extremely powerful and insightful book. I highly recommend this book for all married couples. Gary Thomas provides a unique insight into marriage that I know can help everyone.

Highly recommend herish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage by Gary L. Thomas.

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