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Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together | [Mark Driscoll, Grace Driscoll]

Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together

Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won't. While a wonderful wedding day is important, it's the last day of marriage that really counts. Will the last day of your marriage come prematurely through divorce? Will it be filled with regrets as you sit at the funeral of your spouse? Or, by God's grace, will the last day be a time to rejoice in the life you lived together?
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Inspirational Nonfiction, 2013

Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won't. While a wonderful wedding day is important, it's the last day of marriage that really counts. Will the last day of your marriage come prematurely through divorce? Will it be filled with regrets as you sit at the funeral of your spouse? Or, by God's grace, will the last day be a time to rejoice in the life you lived together? Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, want you to finish well on the last day. They share private and painful issues that damaged their own marriage - including his introduction to pornography in elementary school and her abuse as a teenager at the hands of a boyfriend - and how they overcame them to experience healing and joy with each other again. Together they tackle the tough issues, such as:

  • Should I confess my pre-marital sexual sin to my spouse?
  • Is it okay to have a "work husband/wife"
  • Can I say no to sex when I really do have a headache?
  • What does the Bible say about masturbation and oral sex?

From fun date night tips to the most tricky "can we do that?" sex questions, Mark and Grace share practical help and hope with people just like them - who entered marriage a complete mess - or who are planning to be married someday and want to avoid some sticky pitfalls.

©2012 eChristian, Inc. (P)2012 eChristian, Inc.

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    Michael Australind, Australia 03-12-12
    Michael Australind, Australia 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very brave and bruisingly honest recount."
    Would you listen to Real Marriage again? Why?

    I will be listening to it again (twice already)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grace's bravery and her honesty are captivating.


    Did Tavia Gilbert and William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't like Dufis's voice! He sounds so 'up himself'. But to be fair you do get used to it by the end of the book, and my reaction is at least in part agravated by having listened to Mark D. on other books and podcasts and expected (hopeing?) to hear him again


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    Philip Westminster, CO, United States 03-05-12
    Philip Westminster, CO, United States 03-05-12
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    "FANTASTIC READ! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"
    What made the experience of listening to Real Marriage the most enjoyable?

    I would recommend that everyone who is engaged or married read this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keeps God at the forefront and is gives very practical marriage advice under the context of the Bible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Took a couple weeks to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mayra miramar, FL, United States 02-20-12
    mayra miramar, FL, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "content of book"

    very informative. Answered questions appropiately and in a very respectful way.will recommend to friends and family

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    Lisa Fall City, WA, United States 02-13-12
    Lisa Fall City, WA, United States 02-13-12
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    "Liberating, but somewhat not exactly helpful"
    What did you like best about Real Marriage? What did you like least?

    I liked the list of liberating facts that couples can indulge in without guilt, however there is no real help for problems if the marriage is in serious trouble with how to fix addictions to sexual problems.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    self help on marriage, since the church makes people feel like they can not get real help


    Do you think Real Marriage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes it needs lists of places for retreat and marriage couseling


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad the candid truth about thier past, but what about the recovery of serious addictions to porn and sex out of marriage?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alishan SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-07-12
    Alishan SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-07-12

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    "Good book, wish the authors were the readers"
    Would you listen to Real Marriage again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again, and I will. It is amazingly practical and helpful for real life.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was ok. I really would have preferred the authors to read the book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Real Marriage?

    Every chapter is potentially life-changing. It is changing my thinking and I am already applying it in my relationships.


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    Chad Duluth, GA, United States 02-03-12
    Chad Duluth, GA, United States 02-03-12
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    "Started off good but got way to judgmental"
    What disappointed you about Real Marriage?

    It started out great until the only men chapter. In this chapter, Mark goes through things he says aren't sinful but


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Never.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Stop calling things dumb that are opinion matters.


    What character would you cut from Real Marriage?

    The judgmental dude who called a bunch of things dumb that are opinion matters.Remeber the Scriptures that talk about not debating over opinion matters?


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish Mark didn't go that route, because I was enjoying the book and getting some stuff out of it. Specifically, I loved the part about Martin Luther's marriage. That was very interesting and helpful.

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    Angie Mission Viejo, CA, United States 01-31-12
    Angie Mission Viejo, CA, United States 01-31-12
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    "Straightforward, honest talk to husbands & wives!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Real Marriage to be better than the print version?

    Because I like to listen to books in the car and when I work out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very honest talk to husbands and wives about God's design for marriage.


    What does Tavia Gilbert and William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of the husband and wife to really engage in what is being said.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think and want to improve.


    Any additional comments?

    Good, engaging listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-30-12
    Cindy AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-30-12
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    "Story is GREAT - narrorator is a SNOOZE!"
    What did you love best about Real Marriage?

    The story is real, thought-provoking and engaging. It causes you to take a clear look at your own relationship and evaluate your own circumstances against the Biblical standard. It helps you have a spirit-filled, fulfilling relationship with your spouse.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Real Marriage?

    What stood out to me most was Mark and Grace's relationship history -- I could really relate to where they were coming from and a lot of the problems they faced and overcame in their marriage.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was TERRIBLE. He read like he was reading the dictionary. Bad pauses, bad emotional timing. He also sounded whiney.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The overall book is just fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    I would rather just read the book than listen to the narrator. The narrator makes the book nearly unlistenable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Summerville, SC, United States 01-30-12
    Chris Summerville, SC, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "An Honest Look at Marriage"
    What made the experience of listening to Real Marriage the most enjoyable?

    This book dares to engage the real issues in marriage. It talks openly about friendship, sex, and priorities.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Books written for Christian audiences don't often address the real questions people have - this book goes straight after the hard issues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ccinnamon 01-30-12
    ccinnamon 01-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "An Honest Look at Marriage"
    What made the experience of listening to Real Marriage the most enjoyable?

    This book dares to engage the real issues in marriage. It talks openly about friendship, sex, and priorities.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Books written for Christian audiences don't often address the real questions people have - this book goes straight after the hard issues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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