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A Child’s First Book About Marriage: God’s Way is Always Best

By Jani Ortlund
May 2019 | Review by Matthew Cox
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-52710-030-8
  • Pages: 44
  • Price: £8.99
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Book Review

How well are Christian parents teaching their children what God’s word says about marriage? Are they equipped to counter the homosexual rights propaganda which their children will be exposed to at school or through television?

This short, colourful book describes the tender closeness of the ‘one flesh’ relationship between man and wife. It emphasises that, more than just love and romance, a marriage is forged by sacred vows which ‘help keep a couple together even when they don’t feel like loving each other’.

It is shown that marriage is no human invention, but was created by God himself. Governments do not always recognise God’s laws in this area, but his way is always loving and best. The author refers to the ‘mixed up’ belief that same-sex couples can be married, or that polygamous relationships are valid. This ground is covered gently and sensitively, as is the sad reality of divorce.

Just one reservation. Nowhere does the book explain why God has ordained that marriage must be between a man and a woman. There is no mention of the God-given differences between the two sexes, or the distinct but complementary role of each marriage partner. Perhaps the biblical concept of male headship would be a bridge too far for some readers; but when that foundation isn’t laid out, the scriptural teaching on marriage can risk appearing groundless and arbitrary.

Hopefully that weakness can be addressed by parents or teachers as they read the book to the children under their care, whether at home, Sunday school or a similar setting. It will be most appropriate for children aged around 4 to 8 years old.

Matthew Cox

Bethersden, Kent

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