Marriage Review

Book Review: 

This book may become the textbook at Christian colleges/universities and seminaries for the next decade. John Trent & Curt Hamner have joined with an excellent array of top scholars to present a comprehensive theology of marriage. While it is not light reading (and the authors admit such), it goes deeply and richly into God’s idea incredibly beautiful idea marriage.

Certainly the book is for an academic audience (how many of us use perichoresis in everyday discussion?), its theological interaction is deep and also comes from a range of different authors, and thus different variations of evangelicalism.

Its strength is the main weakness. The same extensiveness makes it overwhelming to read, both in depth and length. For this reason, it will not likely challenge the many good marriage resources available from authors such Gary Chapman, Francis Chan, Gary Thomas, etc.

Along with Christoper Yuan’s Holy Sexuality (Multnomah 2018), this compendium may form the next generation of thinking on marriage and sexuality and I recommend both for the serious student (or teacher) of theology and marriage.