Review: Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers

J35294064ames Newheiser is the Director of the Christian Counseling Program and Associate Professor of Christian Counseling and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Newheiser received an M.A. and D.Min. from Westminster Seminary California and is the author of numerous publications, including both 1 and 2 Samuel in the Opening Up series and Parenting is More than a Formula. Most recently, Newheiser has written a comprehensive and practical work on the subjects of marriage, divorce, and remarriage that draws upon decades of counseling and marital experience.

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers explores the complexities and intricacies of marriage, divorce, and remarriage from a biblical worldview perspective. The question and answer format of the book appropriately complements the content found therein. Newheiser devotes the initial half of the book to questions concerning the biblical foundations of marriage, entering into marriage, having a successful marriage, and challenges in marriage. Most readers will appreciate Newheiser’s engagement in this section, which is saturated with biblical insight and practical wisdom. The second half of the book is dedicated to more divisive matters of divorce and remarriage, and readers will likely approach the subject matter with existing opinions on both. Newheiser graciously navigates through rather thorny questions with a keen and informed awareness of the often unique and personal sensitivity of such situations. Newheiser’s answers are seasoned with experience and practically applied as the Scriptures are unpacked.

The comprehensive scope of Newheiser’s engagement in Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers is impressive. Readers actively engaged in marital counseling, either lay or professional, will appreciate the candidness of the subject matter as Newheiser does much to provide biblical insight into questions of divorce and grounds for divorce, responsibility of husbands and wives, issues concerning polygamy, same-sex marriage, spousal abuse victims, and more. I found the engagement to be both up-to-date with current cultural movements and richly informed by the biblical testimony concerning the sanctity of the marriage union. I also found Newheiser to be extremely accessible and sensitive when discussing complex issues. Lastly, I found the question and answer format of the book to be really rewarding, and look forward to using it in the future for both counseling and teaching.

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers by James Newheiser is easily the most thorough and comprehensive work on the market dealing with marriage, divorce, and remarriage from a biblical worldview perspective. Newheiser offers pastors and counselors decades of experience and biblical insight. Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage is established biblically and applied properly to the real world. I cannot think of a resource worthier of being on the pastor’s shelf than Newheiser’s new book. It comes strongly recommended and will be used often.

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