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Based on the sermon series that vaulted to #1 on iTunes for Religion and Spirituality, Real Marriage is frank without being crass, honest without being voyeuristic, and biblical without being preachy. In Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won't. They share private and painful issues that damaged their own marriage - including his introduction to pornography in elementary school and her abuse as a teenager at the hands of her boyfriend - and how they overcame them to experience healing and joy with each other again.
From fun date night tips to the most tricky "can we do that?" sex questions, Mark and Grace share practical help and hope for people just like them - who entered marriage a complete mess - or people planning to be married someday who want to avoid some sticky pitfalls.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
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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 believe friendship is fundamental to marriage but not easy to maintain. So they offer practical advice on how to make your spouse your best friend and keep it that way. And they know from experience that sex-related issues need to be addressed directly.
Five chapters are dedicated to answering questions like:
- Should I confess my pre-marital sexual sin to my spouse?
- Is it okay to have a "work spouse"?
- What does the Bible say about masturbation and oral sex?
Stunningly honest and vulnerable, Real Marriage is like a personal counseling session with a couple you cannot surprise, you cannot shock into silence, who will respond to every question with wisdom, humility, and realism.
If you want to have a long-lasting, fulfilling marriage you should read this book. Wrestle with this book. Pray over this book. Share this book. And discover how God can use it to change your life.
"If youre married or plan to be someday, do yourself a favor and read every page of this book." DRS. LES & LESLIE PARROTT Founders of RealRelationships.com and authors of Love Talk
"Whether engaged, newlywed, or veteran, Real Marriage will serve as an invaluable resource. I highly recommend this book." ANDY STANLEY author of The Grace of God and Senior Pastor, North Point Community Church
"One of my greatest concerns is that culture is going to continually define and redefine what marriage is and is not, and the church is going to simply sit on the sidelines and react rather than seeking to actually become proactive by confidently teaching what the Bible has to say about it. That is why I am so thankful that Mark and Grace Driscoll wrote this book. Their approach to marriage, its benefits and challenges are transparent and challenging and I honestly believe that every married couple who will work through what they lead us through in this book will not just merely have a marriage that survives in this world but rather thrives in it." PERRY NOBLE Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church
"Our thanks to Mark and Grace Driscoll who have served this generation well by tastefully but boldly addressing the real issues facing real marriages. Taking the unchanging truth of Gods word and sprinkling in is the story of Gods mercy in their own marriage they have filled every chapter with real helpfulness. This book is powerful, biblical, practical and healing for marriages that hurt. My wife and our adult children read it to great profit." DR. JAMES MACDONALD Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel and Bible teacher for Walk in the Word
Mark Driscoll is one of the 50 most influential pastors in America, and the founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle (www.marshillchurch.org), the Paradox Theater, and the Acts 29 Network which has planted scores of churches. Mark is the author of The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out. He speaks extensively around the country, has lectured at a number of seminaries, and has had wide media exposure ranging from NPRs All Things Considered to the 700 Club, and from Leadership Journal to Mother Jones magazine. Hes a staff religion writer for the Seattle Times. Along with his wife and children, Mark lives in Seattle.
Vlad K5 Stars Out Of 5Solid!May 26, 2017Vlad KQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great book on Marriage!
Sue5 Stars Out Of 5expect life changeMarch 17, 2016SueQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5life changing, practical truth. marriages saved, trash taken out, forgiveness, truth shared. 600+ people in our church doing this study, God is at work in hearts and lives.
ThomasRFellerJrNorth CarolinaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good, but not the best marriage bookJanuary 4, 2014ThomasRFellerJrNorth CarolinaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3As a fan of Mark Driscoll, I was excited to have the opportunity to receive a free copy of Real Marriage when it was first introduced. I've read many books on marriage, and this is certainly one of the better ones - but also not the best.
The Driscolls' book is frank and honest regarding marriage, and at times I found myself feeling like I didn't live up to the ideal they described for the Christian husband. That's not to say shame on them, but rather shame on me - for everything I found myself convicted of was something that I agree with them on, and I do want to do better at. The best part of the book was the first few chapters, but I was disappointed that nearly half the book focused on sex. I understand why this is the case, but I also understand that while sex for Christians can only happen in marriage, marriage is much more than sex. But it would be difficult to understand that from the way it is portrayed in this book. I'm no expert on the topic, but my understanding is that just as many marriages fail due to issues of finances as anything else, so I find it interesting that they never once brought this up in the book.
Overall, I'll give the book 4/5 stars. I would recommend it for married couples and for newly-weds, but for those who haven't read Gary Thomas' Sacred Marriage or the Eldredge's Love & War, I would recommend starting with those books.
For the record, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily favorable, review.
tnt98Age: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Be Ready For God To Change Your MarriageDecember 19, 2013tnt98Age: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Being married for 15 years in what we thought was a very good, healthy relationship, we were brought to our knees on more than one occasion. This book is inspired, and if you go into the study (as our small group did) wanting God to show you ways to improve your marriage, I truly believe He will.
AllieGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I am loving this book!September 27, 2013AllieGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Excellent book, and exceptional customer service. The site kept me well informed about when the book would arrive, and since it was on back order, they kept me informed about that as well. I would definitely use this company again! Thank you for such a positive experience!