Some thoughts after reading Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll.
What I Liked: This was a solid book on marriage. I know you can find other books that would be more "complete" on the topic of marriage, but what Real Marriage did was nail some of the major issues that anybody in a marriage (or quite frankly anybody at all) is likely to come across. Topics like pornography, abuse, and usually taboo intimacy questions are all there and handled in a Biblical way.
The opening chapter on friendship and the closing chapter on reverse-engineering your marriage and life are worth the price of the book. I see myself recommending this often in the future.
What I Didn't Like: Honestly I didn't have any dislikes. I guess if I disliked something it was realizing raising my boys to be pure in our over-sexualized culture is going to be a big challenge. But that's a realization I needed to hear.
"Men are like trucks, they drive smoother and straighter with a load." p 48
"Righteous anger is the right response to sin and far more consistent with God's character than faking happiness, approval, or acceptance." p 96
My 2014 "You Should Read This" Ranking:*
1. Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll#
2. Stranger on the Road to Emmaus by John Cross
3. Manage Your Day to Day by Jocelyn Glei
*The thought is: If I had to recommend the books I read this year to you (my readers), this is the order I would do it.
#Even if you're not married I would rank this one first for you. So much of what was said is applicable to anyone.