The Eden Concept (Non-fiction)- Five Star Book Review
by Dana and Kimberly Williams
Are you married? Do you wish to be? Do you have a good marriage, but desire for a better one? Are you struggling in your marriage and have questions? There is One with all the answers. The Eden Concept dismisses mankind’s view of marriage and sees it as God, the Absolute Authority, designed it. In this book, we throw out man’s happiness and self-gratification as the standard and instead elevate God’s Word as the design for a thriving and fulfilling marriage. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newlywed or have been married for 50 years, God wants to do a work in your life and for His glory. So, journey with us as we reveal God’s plan. We start with Adam and Eve and witness the devastation that sin brought to Eden. We present God’s perfect design for Eden and show you how to re-establish it in your own marriage. We address three areas in marriage that need cultivation. We examine the ruin caused by the thorns and thistles in Eden and learn how to uproot them. Then we touch on raising children, those tender plants of Eden. Finally, we give you a glimpse into the future, perfect marriage between Christ and His Bride and reveal how your marriage can be a witness of this perfection. Get ready, once you understand marriage God’s way, there is no turning back.
“Placing blame in your marriage is like saying that your half of the house is on fire, your side of the bed is broken, or your part of the ship is sinking. Why would you do that? Remember, once you entered the covenant relationship of marriage you now live in the same house, share the same bed, and are sailing through life on the same ship. You are no longer two, but one flesh.”
Although I already believe in and practice (as best I can) God’s plan for marriage, this book was an amazing refresher course. I highly recommend it to any Christian couple whether married or engaged. Read it together and learn from the wisdom of others. The book includes the perspective of both Dana and Kimberly in an entertaining yet convicting way. I love how they deal with such controversial topics as submission, “the weaker vessel,” and abuse. I think my favorite part of the book was the object lesson on being the weaker vessel as a woman. Women are to be cherished, loved, and protected like a valuable hand-blown glass vase. What a beautiful example! This book would be great for use in couple Bible studies or in marriage or pre-marital counseling. It provides a Scriptural look at God’s perfect plan for marriage and brings application to how you and your spouse can Honor God with your home.
Quotes from the Book:
“Society wishes to dismantle it. The biblical marriage of one man and one woman for life is under attack. Marriage is now seen as optional and completely expendable. What was once held as good and holy has become open to redefinition.”
“We cannot redefine what God has already defined. He is the author of marriage and to look at it in any other fashion than through God’s word is futile.”
“The Eden Concept dismisses mankind’s view of marriage and sees it as God—The Absolute Authority—designed it.“
Mankind pushed back against the laws of God, but the truth is that God’s blessings are only found within God’s boundaries.”
“It is significant that woman was taken from the side of man. Her place was not behind him. Nor was she to be above or beneath him. As a helper suitable for him, she was to stand by Adam’s side.”
“Too often, couples hear on their wedding day that “they shall be one flesh” but then spend the rest of their marriage fighting over which one they were talking about.
“It is not that a man should be head, he is the head. He will either be a good head or a bad head.
“Let us start by saying that if you are in an abusive marriage please tell someone. You are not to bear this burden alone. There is nothing spiritual or godly about covering up the sins of the spouse.”
“If you follow God’s plan, you will stand out as a bright light in a very dark world.”
I received a complimentary copy from the author. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.