What Real Marriage has going for it, in the end, is the only thing it doesn’t share with scores of other marriage books: Mark Driscoll. Driscoll has preached the book’s content, he tells us, in “England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Australia, India, and Turkey” and has talked personally to “hundreds of thousands of couples.” The author’s bio reminds us that he is “one of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors.” He pastors the “2nd most-innovative church in America.” The hype in the press release isn’t, ultimately, about Real Marriage; it’s about Mark Driscoll. […]

If you buy Real Marriage, you can get it signed at one of the stops on the ten-city publicity tour. Or you can join a small group using the Real Marriage video curriculum; or invest in the Real Marriage Study Kit or the Real Marriage Participants Guide.

Or you could just ask for counsel from a couple of ordinary folks who have managed to stay married. They’ll probably suggest that you talk to each other about your emotions, do nice things for each other, cultivate friendship, plan date nights. They’ll likely tell you that sex within marriage is a good thing. They’ll recommend forgiveness, kindness, patience. They’ll give you pretty decent advice.

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