It was in the Number 1 Bestseller bin at my local Christian bookstore when I strolled in for a browse last week. And it was hard to miss at other places around the store, with its bold, red, attention-grabbing cover: “Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together” by Mark and Grace Driscoll.
I didn’t buy it, and now I’m wondering whether perhaps that was a wise move. That would certainly be Heath Lambert’s advice, who has written a measured but stinging review of the book in the most recent edition of The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He concludes:
I hope that after reading it you will not sense the need to read Real Marriage. I want to be clear: I have nothing against Mark Driscoll and his wife. Instead, I am thankful for (what I have been told is) a clear witness to the gospel in Seattle. Having said that, I am deeply disturbed by this book on marriage. This book will hurt people. It is going to create confusion in marriages, trouble in the sexual relationships of married couples, turmoil in individuals struggling with all manner of difficulties, and questions about the nature of marriage from God’s perspective.
Has anyone read the Driscolls’ book and the review? Are Lambert’s concerns justified?