The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers by Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin shares with his readers letters of love between men and women who deeply loved each other and were also committed Christians. This book sweeps away the contemporary view that only modern people experience romance in marriage.
Letters written by Martin and Katharina Luther, John and Idalette Calvin, John and Lucy Hutchinson, Philip and Mercy Dodderidge, Adoniram and Ann Judson as well as others, prove that Christians have long known the joy of romantic married love. Each chapter highlights a married couple and gives the reader some insight into why and when the letters were written and the background information to each couple.
As I read these letters expressing need, longing, gratefulness, and thankfulness to God for a spouse, I was strengthened in my faith and realized, again, that God is the author of marriage and that His plan for marriage far surpasses what most people expect or accept.
In contrast to a romance novel that often leads readers into comparing their marriages to fictional ones, these are letters written by real people who struggled with the same temptations and discouragements as today. The reader is left with a wonderfully human picture of the lives of the authors.
The believers in this book were separated by distance, war and disease. They spoke of important life decisions as well as practical, everyday things and I was reminded that, despite the trials of life, the covenant of marriage can serve as a wonderful conduit of blessing.
I highly recommend it The Christian Lover.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Reformation Trust Publishing.
Dr. Haykin is a professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.