Besides the books reviewed by Helen Hosier in this issue, here are some others that have come to our attention that have been published by Christian firms in the last year or so. Your Christian bookseller can show you these and others. Ask to see the February 1979, issue of his trade periodical, The Bookstore Journal, for a larger roundup. The books are divided into three groups.
The first group is aimed at preventing divorce and the first three are by evangelical marriage counselors who draw heavily on case histories. Gerald Dahl gets right to the point by discussing Why Christian Marriages Are Breaking Up (Nelson). He rightly says that to prevent divorce, concerned Christians must understand it better. From the Brink of Divorce: … Advice on How to Save Your Marriage by Anne Kristin Carroll (Doubleday/Galilee) is just what the title promises. Try Marriage Before Divorce (Word) by James Kilgore has quite specific “exercises” to strengthen sagging marriages. Ruthe Spinnanger’s Better Than Divorce (Logos) is a chatty reminder of some of divorce’s results that could stimulate renewed efforts at making a marriage work.
The second group of books primarily considers the biblical teachings on marriage and their implications for divorce, for remarriage, and for Christian service. All of these books wrestle from a Christian perspective with the problem of upholding God’s revealed standard that opposes divorce while also manifesting the grace and forgiveness that God has communicated. Anyone who does not see such a problem, who contends that the Christian position is “clear,” does not know as well as he should either the full range of relevant Scripture or the situations in which faithful Christians find themselves. Divorce and Remarriage ...1
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