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A Model for Marriage


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Table of Contents

1. The Dilemma of Modern Marriage
2. A Trinitarian Model of Marriage
3. Covenant Marriage: The Greatest of These Is Love
4. The Gracing Marriage: Grace-Full Love
5. The Empowering Marriage: Mutual Empowerment and Mutual Servanthood
6. The Intimate Marriage: Knowing and Being Known
7. Leaving, Cleaving and Becoming One Flesh
8. Differentiated Unity
9. Communication, Connection, Communion
10. Conflict: The Fertilizer of Growth
11. The Seasons of Marriage
12. The Dual-Earner Marriage: An Elaborate Balancing Act
13. Sexuality in Its Splendor: One-Flesh Mystery
14. Marital Spirituality
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index

About the Author

Jack O. Balswick (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is both professor of sociology and family development, and director of marriage and family research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Family Issues since 1982. He is author or coauthor of several books, including Men at the Crossroads, The Gift of Gender and Authentic Human Sexuality. Judith K. Balswick (Ed.D., University of Georgia) is professor of marriage and family therapy and director of clinical training at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She is author or coauthor of The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, The Gift of Gender, Mothers and Daughters Making Peace, Relationship-Empowerment Parenting, The Two-Paycheck Marriage and Authentic Human Sexuality.


The book is 'state of the art, ' yet it takes couples through very practical topics such as differentiation, communication, conflict resolution and also the seasons of marriage. It is a helpful resource for couples at any stage of marriage, and at the same time provides an excellent resource and textbook for colleges and seminaries.

I predict that this book will be around for a long time; it is timeless!"--Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., FPPR, Senior Professor of Psychology and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

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