Family Ministry Today

The Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Three Books on Marriage

by Derek Brown – Feb 22

What is the point of marriage?  Jean Williams at The Briefing looks at three books that seek to answer this question.

There’s nothing like a bunch of marriage books to make your head spin. Mostly I avoid them—too many guilt-producing suggestions about the ‘must-dos’ of a relationship—but I’ve been writing a seminar on the topic, so it was time to hit the books.

What I found intrigued me. There’s little agreement amongst respected theologians about the why of marriage. They agree on the what—marriage is a life-long covenant between a man and a woman—and if you’re interested in the how, just head for the groaning shelf of your nearest Christian bookshop. But the how is just an empty handful of rules and tips without the why to give it shape and meaning.

1) John Piper, This Momentary Marriage

2) Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage

3) Christopher Ash, Married for God 

You can read the whole article here.