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Real Marriage The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together–Mark & Grace Driscoll, Audiobook review

02/01/2012

Thank you to christianaudio.com Reviewer Program for pre-release review of this work.

Depending on what circles your in, Mark Driscoll is sure to create a reaction – despite controversy however, many evangelicals acknowledge respectfully, and affirm Mark’s ministry and call.  With Mark you can be assured of a shock factor, and in our culture today of 140 characters or less, smartphones and anti-intellectualism, people don’t stop long enough to meditate on life and Mark & Grace remind us again, this time in the biblical context of a covenant marriage

What I appreciate about Mark’s ministry is that he/they comes out swinging, and in the ‘Preface’ he does it with “How Not to Read This book” -  addressing the sin we bring to marriage books/materials sometimes. It reminded me of the many times I read something in a marriage book and highlighted it so when I passed it onto Connie she would ‘get’ the gentle nudge of the ‘holy spirit highlighter’ and make a change. With the controversy over this book and series, he also addresses an area I don’t see quoted – “If your reading this book to feed your sexual perversion, then don’t read it” which probably would have knocked out 75% of the reviews I have read. 

This book was timely, interesting, and was very convicting in especially the first six chapters.  Connie and I had some great discussions generated by this material, and after my second listen, I will be passing it along to marriages that I think could benefit as well.  It did challenge, inspire, and enlighten me in ways that I was NOT loving my wife, which is a good reminder as I find the tendency sometimes to have an ‘I already know that…pride’ when coming to discipleship materials.  The Driscoll’s also made me think about the continued importance of having Connie with me in marriage discipleship sessions and giving her more shared teaching moments to assist men to love their wives. 

As always, Mark holds your attention and the information was presented in a cohesive, yet appealing manner, with real language and speaking about the elephants in the room, something I appreciate about Mark’s ministry and call.  I am also strongly convinced that the Driscoll’s successfully conveyed Biblical truth, however references to the 5 Love Languages and Arteburn’s work were not helpful when there is better biblical material out there to drive home the same points without giving us tasks, check boxes, or psychobabble.  I would recommend this book to others and will, in all forms to serve the audiences that Connie and regularly interact in.

Another fantastic review of this work can be found here, and some further marriage resources can be found at;

  1. Biblical Counselor Newsletter (Marriage & Parenting)
  2. CCEF Resources
  3. Peacemaker Ministries
203833: Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together
By Mark & Grace Driscoll / Thomas Nelson

God has a lot to say on the topic of sex and marriage. He planned both and gave them to us to be enjoyed. In Real Marriage, Mark and Grace Driscoll share biblical truths on issues you may be facing. They discuss how to be your spouse’s best friend, porn addiction, sexual assault, becoming an unselfish lover, and many sex questions you might be embarrassed to ask anyone. Hardcover.

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  1. 12/01/2012 at 15:36

    Thanks for the Review. I ordered the materials for my church, but my leader who was going to use it read about some of Driscoll’s comments and didn’t feel comfortable at all with it. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ve been going back and forth on whether I should send back the DVD study or open it and review it. Driscoll can often be an offence to traditional Christians, yet he speaks to those who are on the frindges of Faith who have messed up a lot.

    • 12/01/2012 at 23:56

      Ted, Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I know many of us are busy and it is my desire that my reviews are a benefit to folks so that they can grow in discernment as well. What I tried to delicately state in my review was that it seems everyone has an opinion, and the ones I read, seemed to be digging for stuff with Driscoll. I personally found the material as a NANC Certified Biblical Counselor to be right on, and to be quite biblical. The hypersensitivity factor of our age and the wonderful spiritual gift of ‘shoot your christian brother’ our society so loves to do versus discipleship is also something that needs to be considered. Of course we must be obedient with Spirit leadings and the best ‘curriculum’ is the Bible, but I have found some materials to be quite complimentary and as long as I am walking through with it with folks versus releasing and waving the wand of blanket approval, I think it has much to offer and would be interested in your update. Thx again Col 1:28-29

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