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Real Marriage Dvd Based Study Kit DVD-ROM – Jan 2 2012

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  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; DVD/Pap Ld edition (Jan. 2 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141855040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418550400
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
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About the Author

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.

Mark Driscoll is one of the 50 most influential pastors in America, and the founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle (, the Paradox Theater, and the Acts 29 Network which has planted scores of churches. Mark is the author of The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out. He speaks extensively around the country, has lectured at a number of seminaries, and has had wide media exposure ranging from NPR’s All Things Considered to the 700 Club, and from Leadership Journal to Mother Jones magazine. He’s a staff religion writer for the Seattle Times. Along with his wife and children, Mark lives in Seattle.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03013fc) out of 5 stars Real marriage... Jan. 31 2012
By vjshimko - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM
When I first requested Real Marriage, I really had no idea that it had stirred up so much controversy among Christian circles and beyond, I just thought it might be something good to consider for marriage enrichment with couples in our church. While this review is primarily for the DVD-based study, I also read the book to help me get a better grasp of all of the material there. So first, the content...the first "big idea" in the book is, in my opinion, the best one: Marriage as Friendship. This section includes five chapters, with one chapter addressed specifically to the men and one for the women readers. There are many who will take issue with the complementarian views for which Driscoll is well-known. While I don't agree entirely with every opinion or emphasis that is presented, there is still much that can be learned from each of these chapters in loving and respecting one another. The second part of the book moves to more a more provocative topic: Sex. There five chapters here as well, including one where the Song of Solomon is used as a reference for determining what activities are "allowed" or "beneficial". If you are having questions in your marriage of how to set healthy boundaries in this area, they you would probably benefit from the material here. However, if you tend to be uncomfortable with frank discussion of ALL types of sexual expression, you may want to skip it. The part of the book that rocked my world the most, was a short little section tucked in chapter 10, addressing birth control. While I won't unpack it here, it challenged me to really apply some convictions on the value of human life in ways that I had never considered. Finally, the last part of the book gets very practical in helping couples to "reverse engineer" their marriage so that the focus is on how you want your marriage to end...setting goals and formulating a plan together. This was only one chapter of the book, and I think the DVD study would be a good tool to expand on the material in the book. The study includes a 143-page participant's guide, which has lots of material for couples to invest in their relationship, through questions and activity suggestions. The videos are okay... Mark and Grace sitting in the church where they were married and discussing (mostly to one another) the material in the book. Each session covers a chapter, with eleven 10- to 15-minute sessions. If you are a fan of Mark Driscoll's, you will love it. If you are a hater, you will hate it. For those of us in between, just looking for a good tool to enrich our marriage...there's a lot of good material here. It is not the best book on marriage that is out there, but there is much in the book and DVD study that is unique and useful to improve marriages.
I received this DVD study free from Booksneeze, a blogger review program.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2bca2b8) out of 5 stars Great Group Study April 20 2012
By Tory - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM
There's been so much controversy about Mark Driscoll and his book and book tour of "Real Marriage." I will admit, I wasn't looking forward to this DVD series and so I gave it to a friend who is doing the group study in her small young marrieds community group. She's actually going to give me a better, more in depth write up of the study. From what I looked it, (without doing it in a group) is a DVD kit that looks like it would be excellent for use in a small group. There's an openness in the DVD that promotes people to be open about their own struggles; there are topics addressed that would be difficult to approach had it not been brought up in the DVD. The questions are probing but constructive. I am looking forward to hearing what my friend thought of it in a group couples setting. Mark Driscoll often gets in trouble for the brash way he can come across but many really need to hear the straightforwardness of his words and, though I might not always like or agree, I am thankful for him and his ministry.

I received a copy of the DVD by booksneeze. The views I hold are my own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa04b2174) out of 5 stars Great Read Feb. 3 2013
By JB9892 - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM Verified Purchase
My hubby and I purchased this to do a study with a group of our friends. We really enjoyed the candid conversations in the book and gave us a lot to discuss and talk about. The DVDS were not our favorite; we stopped watching after the first couple because we wanted more time with our group to discuss the chapter. We have really enjoyed the reverse-engineering aspect at the end where we plan what the next 2, 5, 10 years look like for us. Magnificent marriages don't just happen; they take work!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03230a8) out of 5 stars Our small group used this and it was helpful March 27 2012
By Aaron M. Marcelli - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM
Several months ago I received the Real Marriage DVD and group discussion guide that accompanies the book by the same name written by Mark and Grace Driscoll. The video curriculum has eleven discussions, one that compliments each chapter of the book.

My wife and I used the DVD and guide to lead a two month marriage series with our young couples's small group. I was the only one in the group who read the book during the period of our discussions but that did not seem to hinder the discussion. There was enough content in the 15 minute video clips and discussion guides for the twelve of us to have productive conversations about various aspects of our marriages.

In four sessions we chose to cover the chapters on friendship, commitment, repentance, and a guys and girls separated session on our distinct challenges and responsibilities in the relationship. Most of the stories told by the Driscolls were difficult to relate to young couples without kids. Some of the discussion questions were simplistic and did not generate complex discussion. Also, some of the chapters we chose not to discuss were repetitive and discussed sex in such depth that not everyone may have felt comfortable sharing in a group setting.

Overall, I think this material was beneficial for our group. There was certainly some good discussion and things learned by our group. I think discussing our marriages in detailed and personal ways also brought our group closer together. I would recommend this content for almost any married group that would like to discuss their marriages in the company of other couples who could hold them accountable for healthy relationships. There is also some content included for singles so they would not feel excluded from the discussions. However, the group leader(s) may want to sift through the material as we did and select the most applicable topics as eleven sessions could cause people to loose interest.
HASH(0xa089cf84) out of 5 stars Honest look at marriage March 18 2012
By Teacher Reader - Published on
Format: DVD-ROM
I have read a lot of marriage/couple books and one thing that I feel people should know is that no one book is going to have all the answers or perfectly fit your couple experience. So if one book has some answers and helps, great, keep reading and take the good and leave the bad.

There are some things that I really appreciated about this Real Marriage DVD kit and study guide by Mark & Grace Driscoll.
1) They were honest. I appreciated their vunerability in their personal lives. Often marriage/couple books leave someone feeling like "If only I had done such and such, I could have a great marriage like _____." That's not how the Driscolls presented their book/DVD. They talked about their struggles and how to overcome them.
2) The study guide was great to do as a group as it has discussion questions and then personal questions to do later on your own time. These questions allowed the person to hear others' thoughts as well as further develop your own. If you were single, they had a section of questions for them to answer as well which I thought was very well thought out.
3) Each section had a portion of scripture at the beginning and then at the end time for prayer. While there could have been more scripture in the study guide I enjoyed having the prayer aspect included.
4) Each week there was an "experience" that you were to do with your spouse. This could be a date time that involved something fun, introspective, deep and hard talking time, or just enjoyment of being together. I thought this was a great thing to have for couples to do. They also had a part for singles to do.
5) Each section had about a 10-minute video of Mark and Grace Driscoll talking (basically to each other) about the topic that was going to be discussed. I found watching them interact added to the study guide. It made me appreciate the struggles they'd had, research they'd done, and thoughts they had put into making the book and study guide. I like the way they interacted as a couple, it was a good role model.

I only had the DVD and study guide, I did not receive the book to review. In the study guide they want you to read the corresponding chapters. Since I didn't have the book, I couldn't do that part, and I think it would greatly enhance the experience to have the book as well as the DVD study guide.

As I mentioned in the beginning, no book/study guide is perfect and I didn't agree 100% with everything they shared but I would still definitely recommend this to other couples.

I received this study guide/DVD kit from BookSneeze for my honest opinion.

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