As per usual, Mark Driscoll has people talking.  I’m not even going to take the time to read Real Marriage and write a review of it.  I’ve read and heard enough of Driscoll’s stuff to know what’s coming.  He’s a broken record.  If you haven’t read the book yet, I would urge you not to–not if you are looking for a great book that will help you have a godly marriage.  I’m not saying the book is terrible (again, I haven’t bothered to read it).  I’m not even saying the book isn’t decent (which it might be).  I’m just saying that life is too short to read a bunch of substandard stuff, so go with something like Kostenberger’s God, Marriage, and Family, Piper’s This Momentary Marriage, or Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage if you want a truly great book on marriage.

But, if you feel you must read Real Marriage, then at least be aware of some of the problems with the book.  I’ve listed some notable reviews/opinions for you.  If you have the e-book version of Real Marriage, pay special attention to the review by Challies.


Books and Culture

Doug Wilson

Phil Johnson

Tim Challies



  1. This is why it is so important for Christians to stay in the word. We need to be able to distinguish between what follows God’s word and what doesn’t.

  2. Hi, D.
    Too late – I got the eBook version. Skipped ahead to chapter 10. After that, I didn’t read anything else. I needed to scrub my mind out with soap.

    Your uncle,

    BTW, I have a new blog:

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