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Building a Godly Home, Volume 2: A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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In the second volume, A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage, we find detailed counsel about the most important relationship in the family""husband and wife. Gouge carefully addresses what a fit marriage is and the proper way to enter into one. He then discusses the mutual duties married couples share in order for marriage to survive and thrive, as well as the duties specific to men and women respectively. Not only does he give detailed treatment of how these responsibilities are best expressed and too often hindered, but he also provides ample biblical motivation to set us on the right course. Christian husbands and wives will find much encouragement in this book.
Table of Contents:
1. Seeking Marriage
2. Getting Married
3. Marital Unity and Sexual Faithfulness
4. Living Together in Love
5. Caring for Each Other's Souls
6. Guarding Each Other's Health, Reputation, and Property
7. Serving Together in Family Ministry
8. A Wife's Respect for Her Husband
9. A Wife's Not Going Against Her Husband's Will (I)
10. A Wife's Not Going Against Her Husband's Will (II)
11. A Wife's Active Obedience to Her Husband
12. A Wife's Submission to Christ First
13. A Husband's Affectionate Authority over His Wife
14. A Husband's Humble Gentleness to His Wife
15. A Husband's Patient Correcting of His Wife
16. A Husband's Kind Conduct toward His Wife
17. A Husband's Providing for His Wife
18. A Husband's Sincere and Steady Love for His Wife
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1601782489
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601782489
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
- Publisher : Reformation Heritage Books (October 22, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #758,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The overall content of the book is excellent. Each chapter address a specific aspect of marriage, or duty, presenting the Biblical position and then looking at issues that are contrary to, or against, the Biblical view.
The author presents some interesting views of topics such as: the vengeance of God and the analogy of Christ and the Church found in the Song of Solomon.
Of special interest is the author's discussions of discipline. The appropriate discipline of a wife by her husband and the appropriate discipline of a husband by his wife. A topic almost impossible to discuss today.
One topic never discussed yet central to marriage is contraception. I would have liked to know the author's position on this subject.
The editors claim to have taken the original text and modernized it. (Note: The original text is available on-line for comparison.) I believe the editors did a rather poor job.
First, the editors excluded several sections from the text for reasons such as, 'We omit here much of 'Gouge's section on a "contract" of marriage because it applies to the now obsolete practice...' p.19, or 'We omit here Gouge's section on a wife addressing her husband with respectful titles...' p. 114, or 'We omit Gouge's brief digression to discuss Gen 4:7...' p. 126 and more on pages 129, 131, 207. I question these omissions - they seem most appropriate for the editors to explain rather than omit - and would have preferred that they at least include them in appendixes.
Second, the editors added footnotes, 107 of them, some are excellent, explaining the author's source for a statement, but too often they are insulting to the reader's intelligence and clearly unnecessary. For example, they explain what a bellows (p. 222). They also fail to provide footnotes where most needed, for example: the author provides a translation of Proverbs 5:18-19 (p. 193) that is unlike any translation that I am aware of. A footnote explaining the author's source or reasoning for the translation would be most appropriate.
A Scripture index would be a most welcome addition to the book.
The editors also, rarely, but occasionally, use modern euphemisms that are not appropriate or necessary, in my judgment, to the text. For example the editors 'making love' (p. 45).
I have, and will, purchase more copies to share with others.
Well worth the effort.
Men... Plain and simple, PUT YOUR WIVES FIRST in everything!
Once you do, your lives will blossom as God intended!