Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage

Friends and Lovers Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage Neither a comprehensive marriage manual nor a complete exploration of the theological significance of marriage Friends and Lovers focuses on two key ingredients in a vital marriage friendship and se

  • Title: Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage
  • Author: Joel R. Beeke
  • ISBN: 9781936760442
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Neither a comprehensive marriage manual, nor a complete exploration of the theological significance of marriage, Friends and Lovers focuses on two key ingredients in a vital marriage friendship and sexual intimacy Drawing from the wisdom of the Bible, especially the Book of Proverbs, Joel Beeke shows you how to grow closer to your spouse both emotionally and physically.

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    About “Joel R. Beeke

    • Joel R. Beeke

      Dr Joel R Beeke serves as President and Professor of Systematic Theology, Church History, and Homiletics He has been in the ministry since 1978 and has served as a pastor of his current church since 1986 He is also editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society He has written, co authored, or edited fifty books and contributed over fifteen hundred articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias His Ph.D 1988 from Westminster Theological Seminary is in Reformation and Post Reformation Theology He is frequently called upon to lecture at Reformed seminaries and to speak at conferences around the world He and his wife, Mary, have three children Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.



    196 thoughts on “Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage

    • I own a wood burning stove. When winter sets her teeth against us we light up our stove and it drives back the cold. I have found that I need three kinds of wood to keep the fire hot. First, you need big logs that will burn long and hot. Second, you need kindling, small twigs, to get the fire going. But third, you need medium size pieces to help the big logs stay lit. If you end up with just a big log it will often go out. Pastor Beeke’s book is a medium size log. He does not go into deep th [...]


    • Como é seu estilo, Joel Beeke juntou verdades preciosas da Escritura com muitas aplicações e conselhos práticos relevantes (em grande parte extraídos dos Puritanos) sobre a custosa, mas imprescindível amizade que deve haver no casamento e a consequente vida de intimidade sexual do casal. Muito bom!


    • A solid little book on the oft neglected aspect of marriage: friendship with ones spouse, and on the oft distorted aspect of marriage: sexual intimacy with one’s spouse.


    • This quick and deep read shows how thru marriage the Glory of God is revealed. Marriage is important to God and thru the pages of this insightful book we can share with our spouse Jesus. Marriage is a shared life but to often it can be very lonely. As always the christian life is about who Jesus is and how we respond. Same is true in the marriage. The book does not give expectations that cannot be met but encouragement of what is true and to fix our eyes on that. I was very encouraged by Joel Be [...]


    • These 108 pages are well worth the few hours it will take you to read this book. This was the first book I've read from Beeke, and I subsequently added several more of his books to my list. I have not read lots of marriage books, but of the ones I have read Beeke's is unique in addressing in-law relationships. Beeke's chapter on sex in marriage is also helpful in addressing the question of "Can We _ _ _ _ _ _ _?" Beeke writes with you unique pastoral wisdom and care, and any Christian husband or [...]


    • Very easy read that reminds and stirs of the richness of marriage in Christ's light and in His gospel! Also made me so thankful for the awesome, grace-filled wife God has given me. :)


    • Do we really need another marriage book in our Christian subculture? Given what I see from day-to-day as a pastor and counselor, yes, we do. In Friends and Lovers, Dr. Joel R. Beeke takes a swing at a short, sweet, and simple treatment of introducing married couples to important truths (which is exactly what we need). And, in case you are wondering, Beeke mostly succeeds.Positives Dr. Beeke begins his work with a few chapters, not on sex, nor on the psychological differences between men and wom [...]


    • Joel Beeke is quickly becoming one of my favorite pastors to read because the books I’ve read are saturated in the gospel, full of quotations from the Puritans, and his tone is pastoral. But most importantly he handles the word of God with the skill of a physician. Listen to the tone from the outset, May the Spirit of God blow upon your marriage through the Word of Christ so that smoldering coals of love may burst once more into flame, and may the fire of love be refueled to produce marriages [...]


    • Um livrinho pequeno no tamanho, mas grande no conteúdo.Seguem algumas citações, a fim de estimular a leitura dos meus amigos aqui:"Qualquer decisão que afete de forma significativa seu tempo ou dinheiro, ou que envolva uma grande mudança na vida da família ou de aspectos relacionados à casa, ao trabalho ou à igreja deve ser tomada somente após marido e mulher terem conversado sobre isso, orado juntos e chegado a um ponto em que haja harmonia sobre o assunto. Embora o marido seja o chefe [...]


    • Solid and short, this is a great booklet for anyone married.Beeke handles a delicate subject with discretion and directness.


    • Joel Beeke is the President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and he has served as pastor of a local church for nearly three decades. That experience combines beautifully, here resulting in a book that is theologically excellent and targeted at practical application. Beeke writes to help married couples, and he succeeds at targeting his words to the common weaknesses.The first section of Friends and Lovers focuses on the need for friendship between the partners in a marriage, then it off [...]


    • This a good short book (less than 100 pages) and it grew out of two addresses that Joel R. Beeke gave in a family conference. The book is divided in two parts, the first one deals with friendship in marriage and the second with sex. The first part was my favorite because very few times I have read in a book of marriage about the importance of cultivating a true friendship through life between husband and wife. The second half was also very good but, on my opinion, too superficial. I enjoyed this [...]


    • Beeke efficiently offers practical wisdom for husband and wife, specifically dealing with the topics of friendship and sexual intimacy in marriage. We enjoyed Beeke's reformed, Christian perspective and especially appreciated the application found in the appendix where he offers a section with questions and further reading. This book potentially provides content that may stir couples to repentance, healing, and to begin to enjoy a new-found intimacy both as companions and as lovers. Highly recom [...]


    • My full review can be read at Blogging Theologically:There appears to be a marriage book renaissance going on within the Reformed-ish circles of evangelicalism and this is a very good thing indeed. One only has to look at the divorce rates both inside and outside the church to see that marriage is in crisis. But why? Why are we so unhappy in our marriages? In Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage, Joel Beeke argues it’s a gospel issue—and the true hope for a [...]


    • In this brief work, Beeke concisely discusses the dual necessities of intimate friendship and intimate sex within the milieu of marriage. He concludes that friendship is not as easy as it may seem, but the work is more than worth the return. Likewise, he denounces the misconception that sex is taboo and reveals it as a gift from God that should be used for the mutual enjoyment and benefit of the two who have become one.


    • I can't wait to put into practice the many truths found in this book. It is a book proper for premarital and marital counseling.


    • A useful book on marriage. Despite its brevity there is a lot of biblical advice on various topics, some chapters are much briefer than others, and some sections I would have appreciated some more biblical exposition and detail. Dr. Beeke points believers to their need of Christ in marriage, that believers cannot expect to be faithful in marriage by our own strength, and he shows how marriage is a means to glorify God.


    • I started reading this book on March 1st. (I know that I am not married but love to read great godly books to recommend to any one that does need to read this book.) Great book for every married couple to read. If you are having trouble with your marriage, please don't throw them away and read this book.


    • If you are married. I highly recommend this book. Not because it is an eye opening book but because there are great reminders that marriage is not about you or me. It is about the Father and our spouse. What a huge encouragement for me. I have to remember to serve not think that I should be served.


    • Excellent treatment of the friendship part of a life shared together as husband and wife. The intimacy section was good overall, but too burdened by the reformed concept of legal obedience.



    • It's a very good book and he makes some very good points. He also gives practical advise, but would have needed to give more to achieve the five stars.



    • Brief look at friendship and intimacy in marriage. The instruction was solid and biblical. I just not a fan of sermons turned into books. Better books out there on marriage.


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