The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home (4th Edition)
Two respected senior professors in the marriage and family field cover every issue that affects family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and family life in modern society. This proven resource for studying the most established of human...
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Two respected senior professors in the marriage and family field cover every issue that affects family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and family life in modern society. This proven resource for studying the most established of human institutions has been in print for over twenty years, with over 80,000 copies sold. The fourth edition has been updated to address current family-related issues and refined to reflect teaching practices for the contemporary classroom, including updated references to online resources.
Praise for a Previous Edition
"An excellent resource for preachers and teachers and an obvious choice for a text in family studies in a Christian college."--Calvin Theological Journal
Jack O. Balswick (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is professor of sociology and family development, and director of marriage and family research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has twice received an American Senior Fulbright Scholar Fellowship. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Journal for Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Review.
He has authored or co-authored articles in over 70 professional publications and has presented papers at conferences around the world. He is author or co-author of 17 books, including Men at the Crossroads, The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, The Gift of Gender, Social Problems: A Christian Understanding and Response, Relationship Empowerment Parenting, Authentic Human Sexuality and The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective.
Judith K. Balswick (Ed.D., University of Georgia) is a licensed and practicing marriage and family therapist who has been in practice for over thirty years and has taught for over twenty years in the marriage and family therapy program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She has served on the editorial board of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and has contributed articles to that journal and to several others, including Family Ministry Journal, American Journal of Pastoral Counseling, Journal of Psychology and Christianity and Marriage Partnership. She is author or coauthor of The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, The Gift of Gender, Mothers and Daughters Making Peace, Raging Hormones, Life Ties, Then They Leave Home, Family Pain, Relationship-Empowerment Parenting, The Two-Paycheck Marriage and A Model for Marriage: Covenant, Grace, Empowerment and Intimacy.
- <b>contents<br><br>part 1: Theological And Social Perspectives On Family Life<br></b>1. A Theological Foundation For Family Relationships: Developing A Theology Of The Family<br>2. The Family As A Developing Biosocial System<br><b>part 2: Marriage: The Foundation Of Family Life<br></b>3. Mate Selection And Cohabitation: Romance And Reality<br>4. Establishing Marriage: Moving Toward Differentiated Unity<br>5. A Model For Christian Marriage<br><b>part 3: The Expansion Of Family Life: Parenting And Beyond<br></b>6. Parenting: The Process Of Relationship Empowerment<br>7. Developing A Mature, Reciprocating Self<br>8. Family Spirituality: Nurturing Christian Beliefs, Morals, And Values<br>9. Adolescence And Midlife: Challenging Changes<br>10. The Joys And Challenges Of Family In Later Life<br><b>part 4: Gender And Sexuality: Identity In Family Life<br></b>11. Changing Gender Roles And Relations: The Impact On Family Life<br>12. Becoming An Authentic Sexual Self<br><b>part 5: Communication: The Heart Of Family Life<br></b>13. Expressing Love--achieving Intimacy<br>14. Expressing Anger--negotiating The Inevitable Conflicts<br><b>part 6: The Social Dynamics Of Family Life<br></b>15. Becoming Powerful Through Empowerment<br>16. Through The Stress And Strain Of Family Life<br>17. Divorce And Single-parent Families<br>18. Complex Families In Contemporary Society<br><b>part 7: Family Life In Postmodern Society<br></b>19. The Erosion Of Biblical Truth In A Postmodern World<br>20. Creating A Family-friendly Society<br>index