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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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  • Beth
  • Southwest, USA
  • 11-09-12

Excelent Book if you can get past reader's voice

Very helpful to our marriage. Helps you open up with your spouse on tough topics that you don't want to hurt feelings on. Just wish the reader didn't sound like such a joke. Made funny inflections with his voice that kinda had my husband and I rolling our eyes. But still worth the credit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Marriage Book!! Read, Don't Listen...

Would you consider the audio edition of Real Marriage to be better than the print version?

Absolutely not.

What other book might you compare Real Marriage to and why?

The Bible... everything Mark and Grace wrote about were based on Biblical principles.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I believe Mark & Grace wrote a home-run of a book about marriage but the narrator, more or less, ruined the book... I made it through the fourth chapter before I had to stop and go buy the book itself. The narrator sounds like he was simply reading words. The female narrator was good. Every time this guy said the word "Bible", I wanted to cringe.

Any additional comments?

I just can't emphasize enough that you do not want to listen to this narrator for 8 hours. Buy the book instead!

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  • Autumn
  • FOLSOM, CA, United States
  • 07-08-12

With God all things are possible.

Where does Real Marriage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Highly recommended.<br/><br/>Great book for couples who truly want to build a strong marriage. It is not enough to be a Christian and assume that your life and marriage are going to be flawless. Mark and Grace share their personal trials of the problems they encountered and how God brought them through it into a stronger marriage. <br/><br/>Autumn<br/>

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Overall, a great listen and practical book.

Where does Real Marriage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better and more important titles.

What did you like best about this story?

This book had practical application and use for my marriage. The aspect of what friendship should look like in marriage, and the importance of being friends is the best point of the book.

What about Tavia Gilbert and William Dufris ’s performance did you like?

It was excellent to hear both read, almost like a back and forth. The narration was excellent.

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  • Don
  • ZANESVILLE, OH, United States
  • 01-12-12

Didn't care for the male narrator

Where does Real Marriage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love Driscoll's stuff, and if it weren't for his content, I would have shut it off early into the listening process. The male narrator's voice is way over the top and it sounds like he trying to

Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Driscoll and Grace Driscoll ? Why or why not?

I have no issues with the content...it is great, although he spends just a tad too much time on the issue of friendship in marriage. I found his point well taken early on and he could have moved on a little quicker to the next topic.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was awful.

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Very good

Very good book, straight without skimping. Does not skip tough subjects whether you agree with their conclusion or not.

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Excellent advice for couples

What made the experience of listening to Real Marriage the most enjoyable?

This book is real, the advice is real and it stimulates openness and conversation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable, it is a reference book

Which scene was your favorite?

Not applicable, it is a reference book

What did you learn from Real Marriage that you would use in your daily life?

To listen and try to understand where the other person is coming from. To deal with past hurts and not to ignore them

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Great for any marriage

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, and I have recommended it. It covers a vast array of the aspects of married life. I think this book along with Love and Respect cover most of the areas that couples struggle in.

What other book might you compare Real Marriage to and why?

Love and Respect, because it is also based on biblical marriage.

Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert and William Dufris – was your favorite?

They were both good.

What did you learn from Real Marriage that you would use in your daily life?

Oh my gosh, I learned so much. I've used what I've learned to talk to other people and to help them in their marriage struggles.

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Needed more female perspective

The husband covered great topics, have great advice, and openly discussed normal marital issues but I wanted to hear more from the wife. The husband dominated the book and I'd say 70% of the input came from him and 30% from his wife.

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Very real!

The Driscolls share things that couples would not normally share. They are very open and transparent!

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  • Alasdair
  • 04-05-13

Absolutedly brilliant, Praise the Lord!

Wonderful book by Pastor Mark and Grace Driscoll on marriage, relationships and sex. A copy should be given to every engaged couple.