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Zondervan celebrates over a million copies sold of “Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas

Grand Rapids, Mich. — With over a million copies sold, Sacred Marriage has become a classic for married couples since its original release in 2000. Revised and updated in 2015 by author and speaker Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage continues to be a perennial bestseller, meeting the needs of today’s pre-married and married couples.

“I can’t count the number of couples that have told me this message saved their marriage,” says Thomas. “So many had given up but looking at marriage as a way to grow closer to God gave them a new foundation.”

Thomas remembers the first time a couple came up to him and showed him their baby, saying it was their “Sacred Marriage baby.” They were on the brink of divorce and said their marriage wouldn’t have survived and they never would have had this child if it wasn’t for the message of Sacred Marriage.

Sacred Marriage offers help with insights from Scripture, church history, time tested wisdom from Christian classics and examples from today’s marriages. It reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God’s presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life and more.

Gary Thomas and his wife Lisa celebrate a million copies sold with his publishing team and agents at Zondervan Publishing. (Pictured left to right David Morris, Curtis Yates, Robin Barnett, Gary Thomas, Lisa Thomas, Andy Rogers, Mike Salisbury, Tom Dean, Brandon Henderson)

“We recognize that the principles behind Sacred Marriage are timeless,” says Tom Dean, Vice President of Marketing. “We want a new generation of readers to look at marriage in a new light and ask the question Gary has been asking all along – what if marriage was meant to make us holy more than to make us happy.”

Gary Thomas is a writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is the author of nineteen books including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Cherish, Sacred Parenting and When To Walk Away.

Zondervan Books publishes books that ask big questions and bring inspiring insights. Part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the imprint works with gifted writers and communicators who engage readers with books about spiritual and personal growth, everyday living, memoir, family and marriage—topics that fuel life transformation through faith. Zondervan Books’ products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Their offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For additional information, please visit

Contact: Robin Barnett, Director of Public Relations  (616) 698-3251