A few of us are more concerned with internal factors affecting marriage… like the relationship between spouses… rather than debating exactly how society will end if two people who love each other get married.
The awesome people who run the Kregel Books twitter feed announced this last week and I didn’t want to retweet it right off the bat. Why? Because when I opened it up, I read this:
Marriage is under attack
And I was like… OMJB, another gays getting married are going to destroy us all!!! But then…
In a widely-criticized and controversial 2008 update report, the Barna Group made the shocking claim that the divorce rate inside the church was no different than the national average. The report found that the divorce rate among all born again Christians, including evangelicals, was 32 percent. That finding is nearly identical to the 33 percent figure among non-born again adults. “There no longer seems to be much of a stigma attached to divorce,” said George Barna. “It is now seen as an unavoidable rite of passage.”
And then I was like… wow… I gotta check this book out some more.
Just for clarity’s sake – I am not a Beautiful Wife.
So I researched the author and found this site. Amazon has a snippet copy that I quickly read through. Yes, she is a bit on the conservative side (Adam and Eve), but she is fair about the submissive passages (No, disagreement does not mean that the wife is unsubmissive).
I haven’t read the book, so I can’t give an endorsement (no one asked), but I can say this – while reading the author’s website and what I could via Amazon, it seems that the author’s heart is in the right place – attacking the right things that actually destroy marriages – internal factors, not imaginary external factors.
If Churches were really serious, really concerned, really adamant about protecting the marriage and family unit, we would find more books and groups devoted to the cause, instead of political tirades against imaginary evils, led by men who are no more faithful that those they are attacking. This, from what I can see, is a generally (conservative, but not “thou shalt submit”) good book, and if nothing else, should be used for what it teaches over all.
Check it out.