Altared: The True Story of a She, a He, and how They Both Got Too Worked Up about We

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WaterBrook Press, 2012 - Religion - 250 pages
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"Altared is a must-read for young Christians hungering for a realistic, biblically rich take on love and marriage in the twenty-first century."
--Katelyn Beaty, editor, Christianity Today magazine, Her.meneutics

 
Mar*riage-hap*py \mar´-ij-hap´eŻ\ adj 1: Having an inordinate preoccupation with marital pursuits, sometimes at the cost of other Christian priorities, commonly seen in evangelicals. 2: A giddiness stemming from all things related to marriage.
 
In the frenzied pursuit of romance, Christians sometimes lose sight of the greatest commandments: to love God and to love others. Distracted by wedding bells and exuberant hopes for a happily-ever-after, Christians often forget the greater vision of Christ's call to love.
 
What if God is less worked up about marriage than we are?
 
With honesty and insight, Claire and Eli ask us to shift our thinking away from marriage or singleness and toward love and discipleship.
 
Drawing from luminaries like Augustine, the Desert Fathers, and Bonhoeffer, they invite you to join their real-life exploration of love as they convincingly demonstrate why a love for God and for one's neighbor are to be our top priorities, whether we are single or married.
  

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Review: Altared: The True Story of a She, a He, and How They Both Got Too Worked Up About We

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

This was such a great book! Claire and Eli (former sweethearts) remind their readers that in a culture obsessed with romantic love and marriage, our first call is to love our neighbor, whatever our ... Read full review

Review: Altared: The True Story of a She, a He, and How They Both Got Too Worked Up About We

User Review  - Alison Brinton - Goodreads

I was really excited for this book but it sounds like many others it didn't do too much for me. If I had read it a year before in my single marriage hungry stage then maybe it would have hit home. Now ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
IJ Purple Days
9
2J Love Thy Neighbor
33
3 The Train Rumbles Through
58
4 Tattered Ledgers I I
65
5 SelfDenial and the TyrannyofMine
81
6 Those Who Have FlungThemselves
104
7 Focus Offthe Family?
137
3 What Would It Mean?
155
II Beach Balls and Sex Talks
173
IE Loneliness the Ache
187
i3 Solitude the Posture
204
AConclusion
225
Questions andAnswers
231
Appendix B Love
238
I
244

9 Tips from Tolstoy l 14 7
147

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About the author (2012)

Claire is a writer who originally hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in writing. After Wheaton, she worked as an assistant editor for Christianity Today before moving to New York City to work in the Corporate Communications Headquarters for The New York Times. From there, she became an editorial assistant for Penguin Classics and Penguin Books. Claire's writing has been published by Christianity Today, Books & Culture and First Things.
 
Eli is a lawyer and writer originally from Turlock, California, the home of Silva's Taqueria. Eli received his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School and then went on to practice antitrust litigation as an associate at an international law firm in San Francisco. During school, Eli spent two summers as a clerk in the Homicide Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. Before that, he worked in music as an A&R Manager at Tooth & Nail Records in Seattle. Eli's writing has been published by Books & Culture.

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