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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press; Revised edition (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885767455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885767455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas Wilson is pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is the author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and contributor to Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith.

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Mr. Wilson is definitely taking a reformed theology stance in this book.
dordtrecht5
In all seriousness, this book is a phenomenal read, implementing biblical principles in a very readable style.
skater
This book is intended for couples but I would recommend this for husbands.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Brian G Hedges on April 21, 2001
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When I read the sentence, "the chief end of marriage is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever" (p. 12), I was hooked. This is the best Christian book on marriage that I have read (and I've read a lot of them!). It is straightforward and to the point, Biblical, enjoyable, and practical.
Wilson covers topics well, dealing with the divine purpose for marriage (chapter 1), headship and authority (chapter 2), husband and wife roles (chapter 3), courtesy and romance (chapter 4), conflict resolution (chapter 5 - excellent!), temptations (chapter 6), sex (chapter 7), children (chapter 8), and divorce/remarriage (chapter 9).
There were several insights in this book that were especially helpful to me: particularly on the headship of husbands and the God-given (though different) orientations of men and women. Wilson wisely says: "The fundamental orientation of an obedient man is to his calling or vocation under God. Under normal circumstances, he cannot fulfill his calling alone - he needs help. The fundatmental orientation of an obedient woman is to give that help. Another way of saying this is that the man's orientation is to do the job with her help, while the woman's orientation is to help him do the job. He is oriented to the task, and she is oriented to him." (p. 65). That is excellent! If more couples understood that, a lot of needless misunderstanding would be avoided.
As a pastor, I have started using this book in premarital counseling. I think every Christian couple should read this book and do some hard thinking about marriage from a Biblical perspective.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Rod D. Martin on July 25, 2000
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In just over 100 pages, Wilson manages to do what thousands of pages of the normal pablum never get done: explain clearly what marriage is in God's eyes; the exact inter-relationship between headship, service and love; and how to put things on track from the beginning (or put them back on track if need be).
Wilson's deep understanding of the practical outworking of covenants shines through every (often-humorous) paragraph, and his solidly-rooted theology keeps everything completely Christ-centered.
Yet while every theologian should read Reforming Marriage, this is not a book written for theologians: it is a book for every Christian. Your systematic theology prof and your seemingly-retarded teenager will draw equally well from its wisdom. That's quite a feat; and an accomplishment carried out by few so well or as consistently as by Wilson. Praise God that he carries it out with this particularly vital topic.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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If your marriage is in trouble, then get this book. I bought five copies of it, and I cycle them amongst my friends. My marriage is in great shape due to the sound, Biblical teachings in this book. It clearly defines the roles of both husband and wife. A must read for all Christians!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Evelyn on November 16, 2005
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Shortly after my husband and I got married, our selfishness began to show as we began to pick eachother apart and argue endlessly. I knew we would soon be divorced if something didn't change - FAST! That is when God laid it on my heart to seek out what it meant to be a godly wife, and start fixing our brand new marriage by starting with my own self first. Between the Books, The Fruit of Her Hands by Nancy Wilson, and her husband's book, Reforming Marriage, my attitude was transformed, our marriage began its repair, and now I am sincerely in love with the man I married. These books are absolutely life changing, and self-changing, and not for the faint of heart.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Alexander Bryan on December 18, 1999
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Out of the cacaphonous milieu of marriage and relationship books available today, this one stands alone. Even Christian marriage and relationship books typically do little else but dress up pyschotherapeutical orthodoxy up in psuedo-Christian garb. This is the only marriage and relationship type of book that I have read which shines so brightly because of its refreshing adherence to and sole derivation from the author and intender of marriage, God, Who was more than clear in His intentions and purposes for marriage.
If you want your marriage to flow from and be patterned after the completely true and unchanging Word of God, buy and read this book.
Not surprisingly, what is true is also what is most practical in the purest sense of the term. If you don't give two hoots about Christianity or the Bible, incorporating what this book teaches will revolutionize your marriage and your family. Call me if it doesn;t. ;>)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
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This book changed my life! I thought I understood what marriage was about before I read this! I haven't read a better book on marriage than this one. I use it as a reference book, and read it at least two times a year. Wilson really hits where we are vulnerable, and only an open heart willing to submit to biblical principles will be willing to receive it. A refreshing alternative to the "yippy-skipping" marriage books usually found throughout today's "Christian" bookstores that merely talk about the external issues without address the underlying sin issues.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ShafFamily on June 6, 2011
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Two things first:
1. If you don't believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, then this would not be a good book for you to read.

2. This is a book to chew up the meat and spit out the bones.

I think that overall Douglas Wilson has a good, Biblical view on WHY a marriage should look the way he suggests. However, I do think there were a couple (not all) of places where he misused scripture. I also think he falls very short of HOW a marriage should practically work. There were also many places where I wrote a question mark, "huh?" or "explain please" in the margins, and most questions weren't really ever satisfied.

If you begin reading and think that he is extremely harsh on women and their roles within the marriage... keep reading. He holds men to a VERY high standard as the role of the husband. And he doesn't mince words, which can sometimes be a breath of fresh air.

Part of my let down of this book was the constant question of, "But HOW does this work? WHAT does this look like in day-to-day life."
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Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). After his stint in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Idaho, where he obtained an MA in philosophy.

As one of its founders, he has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. He is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series. His blog can be found at www.dougwils.com.

All his favorite authors begin their names with initials--C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, J.R.R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse. The one exception is Nancy Wilson, a favorite author to whom he has been married for over thirty-four years. They have three children and fifteen grandchildren.

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