REAL marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll- a review


I asked for and received this book through the BookSneeze book review network. I  like reading marriage books, as a young married…4.5 years. I am always interested in what we can do that will keep us going and to be a happily married couple in 20, 30 and 40 years. What I didn’t realize is who wrote this until I received this was WHO wrote it. Theologically speaking the Driscoll’s and the Clarke’s are on different playing fields but I read through the book with an open mind. It’s not like he was trying to change my mind to believe exactly what he believes any how.

I loved that they talked about friendship in marriage, how to not be selfish but a servant to one another, and what it means to submit to your spouse {men too, although not to in-depth, Driscoll is a firm believer in gender rolls}.  And then there’s the sex issue. {By the way there is a lot of SEX talk…almost to much and depending on how much you really want to know you may not want to read this very large 2/3 section of the book.} My favorite sections were on friendship, servanthood and dealing with abuse…but I found some sections, a little un nerving mostly the sex stuff…especially Driscoll’s interpretation of Song of Songs.

I think Driscoll’s pride gets in the way of this book. He is always playing the hero, especially to Grace, his wife. He basically complains about his love life in one section but then goes on to make him sound like a hero to her, setting her free. While then admitting had he known about a past sin in her life he wouldn’t have even married her.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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