Does your list of New Year’s Resolutions include putting a little extra time and effort into your marriage? After nearly 10 years of marriage, my marriage still appears on my New Years’ Resolution list every year… and I expect it always will!
So I was really excited to have the opportunity to review an entire DVD based study on marriage! The publisher sent me a free copy of Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship & Life Together DVD Study Kit by Mark and Grace Driscoll in exchange for my honest opinion. So here it goes!
This kit includes a single DVD with all the sessions on it. Each session shows Mark and Grace sitting on a sofa in church candidly discussing the various topics included in the course. It also includes a 143-page paperback Participants Guide and and tiny 63 page Leader’s Guide. But here’s the kicker: The kit does not include the main book! This kit is a supplement to the main book! Come to think of it, I guess this is standard practice in the Bible Study industry, but it still took me by surprise. So folks, I am writing a review for a study that goes along with a book I have never read.
Other than that one minor detail (that I don’t have the book and therefore haven’t read the textbook of this course!) the study looks pretty good. I am impressed. The Driscolls have obviously really made an effort to present a study that wives and husbands will both enjoy and benefit from. The discussions between Mark and Grace on the DVD are a great supplement because they clearly present both the feminine and masculine perspective on various issues. They touch on some fairly controversial topics and at first I was a bit concerned about how they would address those issues, but I found their approach to be based on solid Biblical principles. This is a Bible Study for small groups, but the topics are intimate enough that personally, I would not take this course in a group setting…. it would however make a great date night!
Disclaimer: Thank you to the publishers who provided this DVD-based study in exchange for my honest opinion. If you decide to purchase this study, I appreciate you using my links on this post, as they provide me with a small commission. This commission supports our farm and allows me to keep on blogging this whole software-engineer-turned-farmer experience!