Altared by Claire Claire
The True Story of a She, a He, and How They Both Got Too Worked Up About We

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“Altared is a must-read for young Christians hungering for a realistic, biblically rich take on love and marriage in the twenty-first century.”
—Katelyn Beaty, editor, Christianity Today magazine, Her.meneutics
 
Mar•riage-hap•py mar´-ij-hap´e¯ adj 1: Having an inordinate preoccupation with marital pursuits, sometimes at the cost of other Christian priorities, commonly seen in evangelicals. 2: A giddiness stemming from all things related to marriage.
 
In the frenzied pursuit of romance, Christians sometimes lose sight of the greatest commandments: to love God and to love others. Distracted by wedding bells and exuberant hopes for a happily-ever-after, Christians often forget the greater vision of Christ’s call to love.
 
What if God is less worked up about marriage than we are?
 
With honesty and insight, Claire and Eli ask us to shift our thinking away from marriage or singleness and toward love and discipleship.
 
Drawing from luminaries like Augustine, the Desert Fathers, and Bonhoeffer, they invite you to join their real-life exploration of love as they convincingly demonstrate why a love for God and for one’s neighbor are to be our top priorities, whether we are single or married.
 

About Claire Claire

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Claire is a writer who originally hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in writing. After Wheaton, she worked as an assistant editor for Christianity Today before moving to New York City to work in the Corporate Communications Headquarters for The New York Times. From there, she became an editorial assistant for Penguin Classics and Penguin Books. Claire's writing has been published by Christianity Today, Books & Culture and First Things.Eli is a lawyer and writer originally from Turlock, California, the home of Silva's Taqueria. Eli received his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School and then went on to practice antitrust litigation as an associate at an international law firm in San Francisco. During school, Eli spent two summers as a clerk in the Homicide Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. Before that, he worked in music as an A&R Manager at Tooth & Nail Records in Seattle. Eli's writing has been published by Books & Culture.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by WaterBrook Press. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Two young people who thought they might get married to each other because, since they are good young Christians, they were supposed to marry someone, offer a look at what happened when they didn’t quite connect.

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The Gospel Coalition

The book speaks out against the plethora of marriage titles, sermons, and discussions by asking, “What would happen if we sought to know Christ’s love before we pursued our relational goals?” (66) Rather than discussing marriage as the end purpose of the book, Claire and Eli use it as a steppi...

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Englewood Review of Books

Claire and Eli are real people with a real relational history, but for the purpose of writing the book have adopted pseudonyms to maintain their privacy and to, in the words of the authors, “preserve the mystery of their own story.” Portions of the book are alternatively penned by Eli or by Clai...

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