Book Review: Real Marriage (Mark Driscoll)

In this book, Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, take a bold-faced look at marriage and relationships through a biblical lens. As illustrated in the book, their objective is to look at what the Bible says about marriage, fulfillment, and friendship, and how we can practically live that out.

Statistically, 93% of people in the U.S. will get married at some point, so for us to have a proper foundation as to what it takes to have a flourishing marriage is extremely significant. Moreover, even for those who never get married, this book can help us counsel friends who are married, struggling, or in tough situations with their spouse.

The Driscoll’s address such issues as friendship, porn, date nights, and their own history of struggle within marriage, and how a biblical examination of marriage has led to a more fuller appreciation of what God intends marriage to be.

Some of my favorite parts were when Mark would outline some marriages and family dynamics of famous theologians/martyrs–one example that comes to mind is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Taking a fresh look at a different part of their lives, this allows us to see if they flourished not only on the mission field, but in leading their family well (1 Timothy 3).

This book is a breath of fresh air and I absolutely recommend reading through it prayerfully, and even going through it with your boyfriend, girlfriend, small group, or spouse. I feel that as you wrestle with this content, you will develop a fuller understanding of marriage, the implications of marriage, and what it means to lead responsibly and love respectfully.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.

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