Getting Marriage Right
Driven by the pain of divorce he's seen in the lives of students, friends, and family members, Gushee looks closely at the causes of the collapse of modern marriage. His scriptural approach offers central skills and virtues of successful married...
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Driven by the pain of divorce he's seen in the lives of students, friends, and family members, Gushee looks closely at the causes of the collapse of modern marriage. His scriptural approach offers central skills and virtues of successful married life based on four foundational concepts: the creation purposes of marriage, the covenant structure of marriage, the kingdom possibilities of marriage, and the community context of marriage. Engaged and married couples, parents, lay leaders, children in troubled families, and children of divorce will find hope that marriage can again become a successful and sacred institution. An excellent resource for starting a marriage ministry in the local church, it will help men and women keep faith with one another--and with their children. Includes an appendix featuring interviews of children of divorce as well as an extensive suggested reading list.
"The marriage education movement has long been in need of a brief, theologically-grounded text on marriage which is broadly researched and at the same time gracefully written. David Gushee's book has accomplished all of these goals and more. Its combination of academic, pastoral, and practical reflection will make it a valuable resource for undergraduate and seminary classes, as well as for adult education programs in churches."--Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Eastern University, author of Gender and Grace"For twenty years I have searched for an adequate text for marriage and family classes I have taught--at last, I found It! In typical Gushee fashion--thorough, biblical, practical, well-researched, and uniquely relevant--the author fully exposes the crises facing today's families and suggests positive responses. The book contains an amazing number of insights and ideas which churches and pastors need to digest and implement. For evangelicals, Getting Marriage Right may well become the benchmark by which other marriage and family texts are measured. With this book, David Gushee has made a significant contribution to the strengthening of family life in American society."--Joe E. Trull, editor, Christian Ethics Today"On a topic of desperate importance, this is a profoundly helpful book. It is simultaneously engaging, tender, honest, practical, and theologically and culturally responsible. David Gushee combines rich biblical insights with poignant human stories to reshape contemporary thinking about marriage and divorce. He addresses complex issues with moral urgency, godly compassion, and careful analysis. The result is a book that is absolutely compelling. Getting Marriage Right speaks with exceptional clarity and wisdom to our deepest personal, congregational, and societal needs."--Christine D. Pohl, professor of social ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary"Getting Marriage Right takes a sweeping look from a Christian perspective at the current status of marriage and divorce in this society from a unique perspective--that of children who have experienced parental divorce. Gushee brings his own discipline of Christian ethics, as well as his own stories of family life, as other complementary perspectives on this very important topic. He writes eloquently, compassionately, and with grace, providing a unique and much needed Christian moral view of marriage, divorce, and family life."--Diana Garland, Ph. D., chair, School of Social Work, director, Baylor Center for Family and Community Ministries
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