Forever and Always

The Art of Intimacy

By Celestia G. Tracy, Steven R. Tracy

This book reflects a multi disciplinary, integrative approach to the theology and practice of relational intimacy. It combines biblical data on sexuality and relationships with marriage and bonding research. The reader is then guided in applying the research to his or her relationships. In essence, this is a handbook for understanding and deepening the stages involved in bonding or attaching closely to another human being. Marriage, the most intimate of all human relationships, is described in Scripture as a "one-flesh mystery" (Eph 5:31-32). This mystery of human bonding is as beautiful as it is complex, particularly in a post-Eden world. Many of us are woefully aware of our relational deficits, yet lack vibrant marriages around us to emulate. Those of us who have not experienced relationships of health, safety, and security particularly find we need road-maps along the way. Our desire is that in the pages of this book readers will find personal encouragement and direction that is both Biblically precise and practical for their relational journeys. Our intimacy model is built upon God's bold promises to heal and redeem. His pathways bring life; he is the one true lover of our souls. Our intimacy with him is foundational to all other relationships.


"With theological precision and a solid psychological foundation, the Tracys deliver a long-awaited message to the church, counseling community, and wounded hearts everywhere. Steve and Celestia model infectious openness about their own journey through marriage, leaving you feeling challenged and equipped to deepen your closest relationships. I will recommend this book to all my distressed clients crying out to be known and valued."

—Roxane Thorstad

Clinical Psychologist

Journeys Counseling Center

"Here Steve and Celestia show by conviction, research, and experience that for a couple to know one another, at any level, requires wisdom. The insight they offer from many sources of counsel will be a helpful eye-opener for those of us who have assumed way too much about what it really means to care for one another."

—Mart De Haan


RBC Ministries

ISBN 10: 1-60608-960-9

ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-960-6

Binding: Paperback

Publication Date: 04/07/2011