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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418550426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418550424
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Driscoll pastors Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, one of the fastest-growing churches in the nation. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including Real Marriage and Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. Mark and his wife, Grace, have five children.



Grace Driscoll is a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, Washington State University, where she earned a BA in Public Relations. She delights in being a stay-at-home mom, where she and her husband, Mark, raise their three sons and two daughters.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaclyn on Jan. 12 2013
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I rate this only 2 stars simply because It should be made clearer that it isONLY the workbook, and does not come with the real book. The material, however is excellant.
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Kindle Review Jan. 3 2012
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Don't download the Kindle version unless you also buy the non-Kindle version. Found out the hard way that this is a DVD study.

Completely useless without the DVD that comes with the non-Kindle version.

Thanks for the heads-up, Amazon!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great and Needed! Jan. 8 2012
By Christopher Swain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the things Driscoll (and this time it is Mark and his wife writing) does so well, is to connect the dots between real everyday stuff and the biblical application. But Real Marriage does much more than that. It serves as a practical expose' on what marriage should look like as well as a call to become more than partners, but friends.

Driscoll focuses on the idea of too many marriages being a contractual partnership. With helpful advice and intimate revelation of their own marital problems, Pastor Mark and Grace humbly present a biblical path toward real intimacy in marriage.

The first half of the book covers the marriage as a whole, insight for men and women, and practical ideas on how to grow together. The second half of the book focuses on sex. As usual, Driscoll holds nothing back and, perhaps, for the first time, a Christian author presents truly helpful advice and clarity on sexual issues. Many of which have been avoided or outright ignored within the Christian community for far too long. The book ends with a powerful and true chapter about how the last day of your marriage is the most important - not the first. Thinking like that helps clarify greatly how we ought to think about marriage.

If I had to pick something about the book as a weakness, I would say I would have preferred two books, each more realized on the two major subjects Real Marriage covers. But this is a tacit complaint and one that is easily overlooked.

Please help your marriage and get Real Marriage today and for a friend. I'll be handing one of these to my children one day knowing it will be a tremendous help on the front end of a life-long marriage.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Places friendship where it belongs -- at the center of marriage Sept. 5 2012
By E. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great marriage means having a great friendship. A trusting and abiding friendship is the basis of the deepest intimacy. The authors turn this into an acronym. FRIENDS: Fruitful, Reciprocal, Intimate, Enjoyable, Needed, Devoted, and Sanctifying. The first few chapters cover the all-necessary idea of friendship in marriage, then move on to discuss what it really means to be a man and a woman -- not just what our society says it means.

The following chapters deal with sex -- how to overcome issues and trauma, how to enjoy this most intimate of activities, and where it can all go wrong -- and how to avoid those disasters. The emphasis here is definitely on cultivating a deep and exclusive sexual friendship within the broader context of family.

One remarkable aspect about this book is that it very nearly requires you to open up really deeply -- sometimes I even wondered if the authors' weren't in fact rushing things a bit. (Yes, marriage can provide a safe sanctuary for nearly any self-disclosure, but some couples have very real psychological and spiritual limits.) But if you can actually open up that much, that's great.

Readers should be aware, however, that this is a companion workbook for the DVD group study. So if you don't have the DVD, or a group to study with, you might find this book somewhat less useful. But even without the DVD or a group, it is still full of a lot of useful information and ideas.

So, who should read this book? Most likely couples who have been married for at least a few years, who have been "knocked around" a bit by the challenges of marriage, will find this most useful. The emphasis here, though, is squarely non-urgent. The focus is on developing your friendship.

If you need to get some "relationship first-aid" fast, you might want to check out The Relationship Rescue Workbook by Dr. Phil. For more in-depth (and correspondingly longer-term and more challenging) marriage work meant to root out your marriage's most destructive patterns, also check out The Couple's Survival Workbook by Olsen and Stephens.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Terrible June 24 2014
By AKG - Published on Amazon.com
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My small group did this study a few months back, and we all really disliked it. We suffered through the entire study, and came to the conclusion that it may be better for couples who are REALLY struggling in their marriages. Luckily, most of the people in our small group are happily married, and most of the topics just didn't apply to us.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Made for a group Feb. 9 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book thinking that it would be a great tool for going through this book with my wife, that it would help me lead through Real Marriage. HOwever, it is set up for a group and DVD based study, neither of which I have. While there may be a few things I can glean out of it, like date night ideas, and a couple other questions, I will not be able to make full use of the guide as it isn't written as a study guide.. Guess I shouldve just read more about it before I bought it.

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