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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers; Reprint edition (8 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205387
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Driscoll pastors Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, one of the fastest-growing churches in the nation. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including Real Marriage and Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. Mark and his wife, Grace, have five children. Grace Driscoll is a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, Washington State University, where she earned a BA in Public Relations. She delights in being a stay-at-home mom, where she and her husband, Mark, raise their three sons and two daughters.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Borrowed Flame on 5 Jan. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Mark Driscoll needs little introduction. One of the most well-known pastors in America, the bad boy of `New Calvinism', he is certainly a polarising figure in contemporary evangelicalism, and so it was not without some interest and a little trepidation that I approached his new book, written with his wife Grace, on marriage.

To be fair, Driscoll has stepped back from his `cussing' ways, and given his reputation, the language in this book was generally pretty mild. In the chapter written directly to men, he didn't pull any punches, and calls bluntly for guys to grow up, and stop being boys who shave. Despite how some of his critics tend to portray him, Driscoll, in this book, rejects the blokey, physcial-oriented stereotype of masculinity, instead pointing out how true masculinity is about being a provider and a caring leader - being tender with one's family, and tough in protecting them. His wife, Grace, also writes a chapter directly to women, and while both clearly embrace complimentarian theology, she does a good job of dissembling the common stereotypes and misunderstandings of what that means, showing what submission & respect is and isn't (though committed egalitarians will no doubt disagree).

The Driscolls have written this book out of the experience of years of ministry and counselling, as well having to work through some deep and serious issues in their own marriage. In this respect, there are parts of the book which are raw, and brutally honest, as well as parts which give advice learned through the school of hard knocks. Thankfully, this is not a picture perfect couple telling us how to be all smiley, but a couple who have had to deal with serious brokenness and point to the gospel as the foundation of healing, and a solid marriage.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. DOUGLAS VINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Mark Driscoll is the poster-boy, kick-butt pastor for new-wave Calvinism. Here is an all-included marriage-manifesto in the inimitable Driscoll-speak. Real Marriage seeks to be biblical in its scope, practical in its counsel, and offers wide ranging views on what might serve to strengthen marriages.

What foundationally strikes me after two readings is that there is no apparent mutuality in the `Real Marriage' bedroom. The book doesn't discuss how a wife's felt sexual needs differ from those of her husband. The book's lack of mutuality concerns me because I think tenderness is one of the primary ways that God grows a husband's empathy for his wife.

The first half of the book is an intermingling of personal narrative and pastoral counsel. The personal narrative is primarily a specific and detailed litany of Mrs Driscoll's sins against Pastor Mark. Tragically in this writing, Mrs Driscoll remains the lead sinner, while Pastor Mark plays only a supporting role. More than concerning....

Chapter 10 is about adventure in the bedroom, with the conclusion being that almost everything on the list that a husbands desire is consistent with Scripture. The typical husband isn't as blameless as Chapters 9 and 10 imply. Driscoll notes that "the biblical pattern of for Christian marriage is free and frequent sex." The problem is his interpretation of "free". From a women's perspective, his interpretation could led to women being abused and men being tempted. This offers 90-plus pages about sex, 22-pages about friendship, and the rest muddles around about the life-in-between. It sadly not as unified concerning these themes, and will be best read on a chapter-alone basis, as it lacks flow.

There is not a meaningful theology of sex, intimacy or mutual indwelling offered.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MichelleCollins on 6 Feb. 2012
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So I'd had this book for two days and friends were asking me have you finished `the book' yet.

`No' I answered 'I'm still looking at the front cover'

After a week my husband thought he could see the benefits of me reading such a book.

I told him I'd only read the preface....

First things first. I'm reading this book as a married woman, married for 14 years, Mom of 4 children, aged 5, 9, 13 and 13. I'm reading it for my reviewing company Booksneeze, of which I'm required to write an unbiased review. I'm reading it for myself, my marriage and the diverse group of people who I connect with (namely you...)

Reputation is powerful, I'm expecting certain characteristics when reading Mark Driscoll. I've heard him speak but haven't read much of his writing. I know that he is staunch complementarian therefore the book is written from this perspective. Many people I know would struggle with this stance and would be irritated and frustrated by the writing, you can choose to read and ignore the tone or simply avoid the book.

Although. I find those who choose to avoid it are still intrigued to find out the content of the now infamous Chapter 10....

Controversial? The book is now a New York times best seller. Job done Pastor Mark.

Let's journey into Real Marriage. The authors encourage you to read the book for yourself, not to find out all about their marriage, shortfalls etc. Recognizing each marriage is so unique, that the principles of the book are important, not the methods, methods are yours to apply within a biblical principle.

The book is broken into three parts, the first being `Marriage`.
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