This is not a book of “a thousand tips for a happy marriage.” There are many books that one can find with many suggestions and valuable pieces of advice, but most of them lack a truly Christian basis and do not treat marriage as a sacrament.
This book would like to invite its reader on a journey. On this path we will look at the beginning of the world, focus on the end and completion of creation as well as its central theme, and what part the Christian married couple plays in it. All this will serve the true understanding of marriage as a sacrament.
Like a traveler, we want to study the map before we start walking. A traveler has to make this journey on his own, one step at a time, in order for him to keep moving forward and reach his destination. It would be childish to think that one can reach the top of a mountain with one step, or that just by reading the roadmap one can reach one’s destination.
With this said, it would be fatal to ask of this book to give some kind of ideal recipe to attain every goal today and now. This would just lead to being overwhelmed, discouraged and self-righteous.
This book is also not meant to give one partner the power to tell the other how he is supposed to act. Here too this applies:
“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her!”
It is rather intended as a great encouragement for the married couple, when they see how Jesus and Mary come to their aid, what great connection their marriage bears and what wonderful chances their marriage gives them to live in the Kingdom of God.
This book should also be a reminder that marriage is appointed for the glorification of God throughout life; in the sacrament of marriage the spouses pray, “Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come.” If they try to follow this precept, then these words of Christ apply: "For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (From the Foreword)