Cherish. A word spoken and vowed, but oft overlooked and forgotten. Though it's a small word, it can make a world of difference in transforming a marriage.
I was very intrigued by the title of this book, and after I read the description I knew that I had to read it. I had previously read Mr. Thomas's book, Sacred Search, which is one of my favorite relational books that I have read, so I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint. I love how Mr. Thomas uses stories from his own marriage, and that of people that he knows to show Cherish in action, as well as how he deftly points to the gospel throughout.
This would be a great book for people to read before marriage, as well as anyone who is married, because I don't think it would ever be bad to learn of more ways to cherish and understand your spouse. I loved the way that Mr. Thomas talks about the different aspects of cherishing someone, from forsaking all others, and learning to treasure your spouse in the ways that make them who they are, to accepting their stumblings, learning their love language and loving them how they desire to be cherished, and how to encourage them for Christ and eternity.
I'm not married, but I immensely enjoyed this book, it was comprehensive, conversational, and concise. And even though I do not have a spouse, I thought that this book was very edifying nonetheless, and even though I know that it was not the direct aim of the book, it led me to think of how I treat other Christians and people in day to day life in light of the gospel. This book has a strong biblical foundation, and I loved how it was continually pointing readers to the cross of Christ, and how that should change how we treat others, most especially a spouse.
Overall, a fantastic read, and despite not being married, I found that I got so much out of it, and would recommend others like me to read it as well. I will definitely be revisiting this book again and again over the years.
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