Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
Most marriage books assume the author did it right. Most marriage books barely mention friendship. Most marriage books use "intimacy" as code for "sex." This is not one of those books.
In Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, share how they have struggled and how they have found healing through the power of the only reliable source: the Bible. They believ...more
Personally, I have some fundamental disagreements with Driscoll and conc ...more
I...can't even GIVE this any star ratings, it was so bad. So let it be known that, NO, I did not forget to rate it. That zero star highlighting IS my rating.
This was so bad, I wish I listened to my friend who told me not to read this.
I can't even begin...Grace needs to knock it off with the victim-blaming thing. She still feels guilty. They're obsessed with HER sin, what caused the (admittedly) unwarranted abuse, and also what she brough ...more
Instead, I'll do a classic pro/con list.
Pro: 1) the chapters on Men, Women, & Marriage were all excellent. Basically, for the entire first half of the book I can't see why anyone would have any real disagreements outside of a couple of th ...more
quotes that interested/inspire me:
"Marriage either gets bitter or gets better."
"It is common to hear married people speak of "falling out of love" with their spouses, and "falling in love" with someone else in adultery. In using the language of "falling" they are cleverly avoiding any responsibility, as if they were simply required to follow their hearts. But the Bible tells us not to follow our hearts, but rather "guard" them because they are prone to selfishness and sin"
"Husbands and wives who ...more
Mark Driscoll, the shock jock of the Reformed world, waded into the marriage book fray earlier this year with Real Marriage, which is essentially his sermon series on the Song of Solomon distilled into book form. And not distilled all that well, honestly. I suspect many interns were involved, which may explain the rather scattered and disjointed feel of the book.
But let's be honest: Average-to-below-average writing is not exactly unheard ...more
I borrowed this from the library, but I'm thinking about purchasing a copy for our home.
Edit - I've just read some of the other reviews. (I try to avoid other reviews until I've finished reading and formed my own opinion.) I had no idea this book was considered so controversial. Wow. Some opinions seem to come from a non-Christian perspec ...more
Marriage books tend to not go far enough. Whether they fail to face the realities of our brokenness or really address the meaningful questions married couples have when it comes to being sexually intimate, they often fail to address the real and felt needs of their readers. Mark & Grace do a good job of addressing both of these, but in doing so they also go to far in some ways. If it was just one or two conce ...more
That said, if ...more
I am thankful for Mark and Grace Driscoll for writing a book that I'm sure was not an easy one to write. In this book they share some of the hardship they experienced in their marriage. They were both very forthcoming and honest. They also shared about what other couples are dealing with that they have counseled. Some of the things I can see being issues many are dealing with, but others were rather shocking. The Driscoll's try to answer a lot of questions that past generations ...more
I picked it up in order to counsel a friend who was struggling with medical issues. These made her insecure and tired and she was avoiding sex at all costs. This book confirmed scripture.
"Do not deprive on another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to pr ...more
Part 1 Marriage was more a narrative of their own issues and solutions for marriage than a broad helpful discussion. If you want guidance from an older couple, find one y ...more
The book starts well. The beginning gives a foundation for what a godly marriage should be. If they stayed there and wrote more about that, I think it would have held my interest more.
I'm confused as to w ...more
This is the most comprehensive book on marriage that I have seen; it is a combination of several books that I have read and would recommend. It is both written for pastors from a pastoral perspective as well as Christians young and old. It is helpful in developing a theology of marriage and looking at everything in marriage as something that is intended to glorify God. There are tools useful in planning and conflict resolution as well as developing friendsh ...more
And there needs to be more discussion on this topic in the church, although this setting is probably better than sunday morning sermons.
All in all, I really ...more
Some of the things I have seen in the books that I have read on relationships include stating cultural ideas as the meaning of the headship of the husband without Biblical ...more
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Mark A. Driscoll is the founder and teaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, as well as the co-founder of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network where he also served as President for a short period. Driscoll continues to serve on the board of Acts 29. He has contributed to the "Faith and Values" ...more