I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
Jeff Bethke’s My Wedding Toast – How Marriage Is Just a Shadow is one of the best things I have watched on YouTube. I remember I had a hard time stopping myself from crying when I was watching it. I was so moved by how excited he was for not just his wedding with Alyssa, but also the one that is to come with the Lamb.
Fast forward, we now have this book, Love That Lasts: How We Discovered God’s Better Way for Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex, from the Bethkes. Filled with personal stories with a humourous touch, Jeff and Alyssa displays the beauty of marriage that is so often missed in our culture marked by loneliness, anxiety, pornography, and hook-ups.
“We can’t miss the truth found in that beautiful divine and mysterious and glorious moment. That when He created us and all the uniqueness of male and female bodies, He was choosing to communicate something about Himself,” writes Jefferson (p. 27). Our earthly marriage is not just about us, it is about Him. It reflects the divine marriage between Christ and the Church. Alyssa also writes truthfully that while Jeff compliments her as her husband, he does not complete her; it is the Lord Jesus who ultimately fills her (pg. 74). Our true satisfaction always comes from the Lord and not our spouse. Or else, it is mere idolatry.
Love That Lasts an engaging read filled with grace. I especially recommend it to high school students and people in their 20s-30s.