Book Review: The Real Marriage – The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together

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Book Review: The Real Marriage – The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together

As many of you know, I am a Mark Driscoll fan so when a new book from my favorite author comes out, I am one of the first readers. His latest book Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together hits home again as he practically shares to us how we can have a great marriage.

The chapters that really ministered to me was the chapter on Friend with Benefits. It made me reassess my friendship with my wife. Thammie and I had a very good discussion about our own friendship and have readjusted how we treat each other because of that chapter.

The most controversial chapter was chapter 10 where Mark and Grace Driscoll answered some questions on sex. I think that chapter was a breakthrough for Christian books since nobody wants to talk about it and we always get our information in the world. So to have a pastor share his thoughts about it was cool.

There is also a nice chapter for men. Reading that chapter would benefit men to step up the plate to their God given responsibilities and roles. We cannot abdicate the responsibility we have as men. Also the teaching on Reverse Engineering your Life would benefit so many men out there.

I love the practicality of the book and the honest, straight forward manner Pastor Mark and Grace discussed important and sensitive issues couples face. I highly recommend this book to all married couples.

Pastor Mark and Grace tackle the tough issues, such as:

  • Why being your spouse’s best friend changes everything and how to achieve it.
  • Pornography and sexual sin inside and outside of marriage.
  • Submission and respect – marriage’s most misunderstood tenets-and what they should really look like.
  • Honoring your spouse emotionally, technologically, and financially.
  • What the Bible says about masturbation and oral sex.
  • The “Can we do that?” questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your pastor.
  • How to deal with intimacy issues and create the joyful and fun sex life God intended you to have.
  • What type of man or woman are you? What type of lover are you? And what type of marriage do you have?
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