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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.Read more ›
`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`.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely the best book on marriage you will ever buy or need, albeit with all the Driscoll haters if you want a straight talking all honest book that will challenge you and equip... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a, real, open and Jesus centred book. answering real questions. People say its all about sex, but it's a lie. 10% of the book talks about it. read it for yourself.Published 17 months ago by TNA2000
Well Written. Interesting and designed for both you and the wife to read!Published 17 months ago by Cknows
Loooove the book! Honest, hitting topics and areas that most people would talk about. Great book and transformed my marriage!Published on 27 Jun. 2014 by Katherine Freeman
“This is costly book.”
The above was the first sentence in the fairly bulky red book.
The authors were right, though. Read more
Bible based advice, what we all need. I would recommend this book to any couple that's been married for years or newlyweds.Published on 11 Dec. 2013 by soos
An extremely insightful book. Very honest, open and practical. Discusses issues that others steer clear of. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2013 by sej