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Marriage at the Crossroads: Couples in Conversation About Discipleship, Gender Roles, Decision Making and Intimacy Paperback – April 27, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; First edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830828907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830828906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last we've been given a sane, nuanced, thoughtful conversation around differing viewpoints on gender issues in marriage. This book will help all Christians come to a deeper appreciation of the miracle of marriage as God intended it. The glory of marriage--in spite of the pitfalls--shines through virtually every page." (Alice P. Mathews, Ph.D., Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Emerita Professor of Educational Ministries and Women's Ministries, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

"This dialogue between professional scholar-ministers who are also couples living in exemplary marriages is incredibly helpful because they show theologically and personally the similarities and differences between complementarians and egalitarians. Because they dialogue respectfully as friends, the clear presentation of their similarities and differences is all the more helpful. It's a must-read for scholars who want to explore theology and exegesis, pastors and counselors who want to do better marital counseling, and people who need examples for more Christ-honoring marriages." (Gerry Breshears, professor of theology, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon)

About the Author

Aída Besançon Spencer (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has served as a community organizer, Protestant campus minister, adjunct professor at New York Theological Seminary, academic dean for the Alpha-Omega Community Theological School and pastor of organization of Pilgrim Church. She has spoken at churches, conferences and classes on different biblical, theological and experiential aspects of marriage. Spencer is an ordained Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and is the author of Beyond the Curse: Women Called to Ministry, Paul's Literary Style: A Stylistic and Historical Comparison of II Corinthians 11:16-12:13, Romans 8: 9-39, and Philippians 3:2-4:13, 2 Corinthians, Daily Bible Commentary and coeditor of The Latino Heritage Bible.

William David Spencer (Th.D., Boston University; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the ranked adjunct associate professor of theology and the arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) in Boston. He has served as protestant chaplain at Rider University, adjunct professor with New York Theological Seminary and helped establish and serve as director of personnel for the Alpha-Omega Community Theological School (A.C.T.S.). Spencer is an ordained Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and speaks regularly at churches, conference and classes on biblical, theological and experiential aspects of marriage. He is also the author of Mysterium and Mystery: The Clerical Crime Novel, Dread Jesus and coedited Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari Reader.

Steve Tracy (Ph.D.) is professor of theology and ethics and Phoenix Seminary. He has published numerous articles on sexuality and abuse and is author of the book Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse. He also serves on the Arizona governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women. With his wife, Celestia, he is cofounder of Mending the Soul Ministries, an organization committed to providing education and resources for the church and community on abuse, sexuality and healthy intimacy.

Celestia Tracy (M.A.) is founder and president of Mending the Soul Ministries, an organization committed to providing education and resources for the church and community on abuse, sexuality and healthy intimacy. Celestia is in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a partner with Professional Counseling Associates.

More About the Author

Aida Besancon Spencer was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her parents were from The Netherlands and Puerto Rico. She grew up in Santo Domingo and moved to New Jersey, U.S.A., in sixth grade. Her second book, "Beyond the Curse: Women Called to Ministry," won the "Eternity" Book of the Year 1986. Her sixth book, "The Goddess Revival: A Biblical Response to God(dess) Spirituality," was a 1996 "Christianity Today" Book Award Winner. In 2005 she received the Life Time Achievement Award from Christians for Biblical Equality. Since 1982, she has taught New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her husband, William David Spencer, often co-writes with her. They regularly contribute to http://blogs.christianpost.com/scriptural-truths/. Both also are Presbyterian ministers. She is listed in numerous volumes including Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in the World.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Omelianchuk on July 16, 2009
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Christian marriage books tend to contain a number of opinions and assumptions on a variety of complicated topics that most couples may not share. Issues like parenting style, birth control, sexual intimacy, male and female roles, and the expectations that attend to those roles command a lot of attention and a lot of divergent views. Perhaps the most difficult and thorny problem emerges when we consider how couples interact on the basis of their conceptions of how the Bible's teaching on authority and submission come into play.

Marriage at the Crossroads addresses this issue head on, and helpfully puts "couples in conversation about discipleship, gender roles, decision making, and marital intimacy." Published under the academic division of if IVP, the book is authored by two couples: William and Aida Spencer representing the egalitarian view, and Steve and Celestia Tracy the complementarian view. Both couples are educated in the fields of New Testament studies, ethics and psychology.

The book is divided into four sections where the authors dialogue about marriage and being disciples of Jesus, headship and submission, roles and decision making, and marital intimacy. There is a fifth section authored by three other couples who come from different cultural backgrounds-Latino, Korean, and African-American-who offer reflections on the basically white American interpretation of the issues, and offer their own cultural perspective.

With such intersecting topics you might think that there would be some very controversial and confrontational ideas asserting themselves against one another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silvi on March 25, 2012
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Marriage at the Crossroads isn't a terribly exciting title for a very exciting book! I love the mix of human interest and solid theory/theology in this book on marriage, with 2 main couples writing collaborately plus other couples 'chipping in'. Great Biblical perspectives from people who have matured in their thinking and working out in the real world how Biblical principles look like in reality.
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