Sometimes marriage is hard, other times it’s complicated, and these days marriage is a controversial subject: whether it’s gay marriage, live-in couples, or celebrity marriages lasting mere days. In this world, Real Marriage is a tough road to go down, but it can also be a super rewarding one as well. Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife haven't had the best marriage in their early years together, but they have learned quite a lot, and now they want to help counsel other couples through the written word - so they wrote this book. Though Mark tends to be pretty controversial as the pastor of Mars Hill church in Seattle, and gets a lot of flack for almost everything under the sun – everyone is likely to feel that this book has sound advice, as many even secular psychologists have agreed.
It’s not just marriage that is difficult. Relationships in general, whether you are married, engaged, dating or even just friends, can all be so hard sometimes. Many chapters have a lot of great advice and input on how relationships in general work. It’s honestly the best book I've read to date about marriage and relationships, and I’ve read quite a few, mostly Christian ones. Though, some issues talked about in the book are a bit touchy such as porn, and the adventuresome chapter titled “Can we...?” they are approached in a healthy, wholesome fashion that doesn’t shy away from needed topics. With so much being covered in this entire book, it’s a great thing that they made a DVD discussion for small groups. They also have the amazing Real Marriage-themed sermon series available on marshill.com, and they are certainly not your run of the mill sermons. While reading this you will definitely go on a rollercoaster of emotions but you will be better for it.
Dealing with some of these issues can be really hard, but if you want to have the best marriage or relationship possible, you must face it in order to overcome it, as well as getting all the help that you can. Be sure not to miss the great applications printed between these two covers to put into practice in your own life!