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What the Bible Teaches About Marriage

By Anthony Selvaggio
March 2008 | Review by Sheila Stephen


There is no question that our world today suffers from high divorce rates, rampant sexual promiscuity and a free and easy attitude to relationships. While we can blame the presence of sin as a reason for this, it does not wholly explain why many Christians seem to struggle with the same sexual and marital problems as the world. In the belief that this is partly due to the failure of the church to instruct its people about the true nature of redeemed relationships, Anthony Selvaggio takes a thoroughly biblical and immensely practical look at the topics of human sexuality, romance and marriage, as they are revealed in the Song of Songs. It is his desire that marriages will be restored and enriched as we examine this picture of the divine love of God expressed in the greatest love of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0852346341
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: £1.24
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Oh no, not another book on marriage! I have to be honest and say that this was my first reaction on receiving this book to review. There are more books on my shelves on this subject than any other.

However it wasn’t long before I was gripped and intrigued by the author’s treatment of the subject. The book is focused around the Song of Songs and the author’s intention is that the wisdom in those texts should be applied to romantic love, marriage and human sexuality.

The book is not intended to be a ‘self-help’ manual and avows to ‘help you to see your “first love” by looking through the lens of human love’. Discussion questions ensure that the reader has the opportunity to apply the teachings of the book to their own lives. The book deserves a very thoughtful read.

For me, one of the strengths of the book is the emphasis on the companionship/friendship aspect of the marriage relationship. This is a real antidote to the over-concentration on the erotic approach which characterises our society. And I even found a reference to my new hobby ‘scrapbooking’ on page 135!

The author’s view of submission as ‘leading’ and ‘leaning’ should help younger readers to get to grips with these issues. And by the way, for those interested, the book is written from a complementarian perspective.

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