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Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past (Plummer & Haste)

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  • A marriage focused devotional
  • Wisdom from 50 Christians on the subject of marriage
  • Historical wisdom, biblical truth, and real-world application

Are you ever disappointed in your spouse? Do you fight? Do you disagree about money, sex, or in-laws? What if the very struggles you are facing were addressed by thoughtful Christians hundreds of years ago?

In Held in Honor, you will find 50 devotional reflections on marriage carefully selected from 2,000 years of church history. Alongside each inspiring historical quote is a brief introduction to the person quoted and an accompanying biblical reflection.

You are not alone in your marriage. The Lord has provided encouragement, correction, and hope in his Word. Held in Honor aims to strengthen you by pointing you to the promises of God's Word and by showing you how past generations have applied this life-giving message to their own marriages.


Table of Contents:

Patristic Era (c. 100-500)

Love Your Wife – Ignatius of Antioch (d. 107)

Surviving a Bad Marriage – Justin Martyr (100-165)

Guard Your Mind – The Shepherd of Hermas (c. 150)

How Beautiful the Marriage of Two Christians – Tertullian (160-220)

The Beauty of Purity – The Clementine Homilies (c. 250)

Marriage and Virginity – Athanasius (296-373)

Do Not Fight – John Chrysostom (347-407)

Married to a Merciless Man – Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

A Patristic Wedding Poem – Paulinus of Nola (354-431)

The Choice to Marry – Ambrosiaster (c. 375)

Bear With One Another – Opus Imperfectum (c. 400)

Medieval Era (c. 500-1400)

Imitate Christ in Loving Your Spouse – Gregory the Great (540-604)

One Flesh and One Mind – Hugh of St. Victor (1096-1141)

Neither Queen nor Slave – Peter Lombard (110-1160)

Christ’s Affirmation of Marriage – Guibert of Tournai (c. 1200-1284)

A Good Wife – Bartholomew of England (c. 1203-1272)

Commending Marriage – Statutes of Salisbury (c. 1217)

Should a Man Love His Wife or Parents More? – Thomas Aquinas (1225-1275)

Become the Kind of Person You Want to Marry – Bernadino of Siena (1380-1444)

Reformation & Puritan Era (c. 1400-1700)

How to Improve Your Husband – Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

What the World Says About Marriage – Martin Luther (1483-1546)

A Reformation Definition of Marriage – Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575)

Peace Leads to Prayer – John Calvin (1509-1564)

Dearly Beloved – The Book of Common Prayer (1559)

A Good Wife Is a Gift from God – Thomas Gataker (1574-1654)

Season Your Actions with Love – William Gouge (1575-1653)

Guarding Against the Enemy – John Milton (1608-1674)

To My Dear and Loving Husband – Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

A Puritan’s Advice for Getting Along With Your Spouse – Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Saying a Final Farewell – Sarah Goodhue (1641-1681)

The Householder’s Psalm – Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

Early Evangelical Era (c. 1700-1900)

I Hope You Will Lead Me to God – Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)

Give My Kindest Love to My Dear Wife – Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

A Visit with the Edwards Family – George Whitefield (1714-1770)

A Firmer Basis – Henry Venn (1725-1797)

The Family as a Preview of Heaven – Samuel Stennett (1727-1795)

Concern for Newlyweds – Esther Edwards Burr (1732-1758)

Why God Created the Woman – Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)

Can You Part with Your Daughters? – Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)

On Marrying a Minister – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Modern Era (. 1900-Present)

Two Stubborn Pieces of Iron – G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Your Real Soul Mate – J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

We Were Made for God – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Above All Consider Christ – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

Your Marriage Sustains Your Love – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

Why Promiscuity Is Wrong – Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)

The Vocation of Marriage – Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

After the Honeymoon – Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015)

The Beauty of Covenant-Keeping Love – John Piper (1946-)



Matthew D. Haste is Associate Professor of Ministry Studies at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Ministry, Columbia, South Carolina

Robert L. Plummer is professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky and serves as an elder at Sojourn Community Church.



"... Theologically informative and instructive and yet devotional in approach, it makes a fine contribution to contemporary Christian reflection on a most important institution." - Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"As a woman engaged to be married for the first time (in my mid-50s), who loves classic Christian writings and devotional literature, I have found this book to be a treasure trove. A sweet and timely source of wisdom as I seek to honor Christ in a new season and station of life." - Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Author, Revive Our Hearts & radio host, Niles, Michigan

"...This is historical theology at its best. Biblical, practical, wonderfully helpful and really enjoyable." - Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

"... a wonderful resource for Christians as they seek to live out their marriages in a way that glorifies God and exalts the Gospel." - R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky