Binney, Jim. The Ministry of Marriage. Greenville: JourneyForth, 2003.
Paperback: 232 pages
Point: Binney wants to give couples hope for marriage, whether their marriage is struggling or whether a couple is thinking about marriage in the future. He shows how solutions to problems in marriage must be Christ-centered. Marriage must be looked upon as a ministry in our lives.
Agreement: Binney has some great chapters on what real love is, myths about love and marriage, why some people marry, and different aspects and ministries in marriage.
Disagreement: There are several chapters in which Binney seems to merge into the popular lingo of using “needs” for certain aspects of marriage. I would agree that what he calls “needs” are important, but we must realize that we can still have fruitful lives doing what Christ calls us to do without having our spouse or others in our lives fulfill what many call “needs.”
Personal App: Am I working on loving my spouse, since love is more than just feelings?
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it with some reservations.
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