Building a Godly Home, Volume 2: A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage
“Few issues spell countercultural Christianity as does a biblical view of the home and its various relationships and responsibilities. Those like the seventeenth–century Presbyterian William Gouge, who attempted a lengthy exposition of domestic life as outlined in Scripture, got themselves into trouble with those who viewed biblical teaching burdensome (Gouge was vilified by wealthy city women, for example). But domestic reform is essential if we are to reflect godliness in the home, and Gouge’s once enormously popular Of Domestical Duties is without equal in describing what it looks like. A masterful guide, Gouge is pastoral, clear–headed, thoughtful, and eminently Bible–focused as he writes about the tasks, ideals, and problems of Christian family life. Once as popular as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Gouge’s Of Domestical Duties deserves a central place in the modern Christian home.”See All
Derek W. H. Thomas
Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
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In the second volume, A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage, we find detailed counsel about the most important relationship in the family&mash;husband and wife. Gouge carefully addresses what a fit marriage is and the proper way to enter into one. He then discusses the mutual duties married couples share in order for marriage to survive and thrive, as well as the duties specific to men and women respectively. Not only does he give detailed treatment of how these responsibilities are best expressed and too often hindered, but he also provides ample biblical motivation to set us on the right course. Christian husbands and wives will find much encouragement in this book.
Table of Contents:
- Serving Each Other in the Fear of the Lord
- Particular Callings and the Wife’s Submission
- Headship in Marriage and the Church
- Husbands and the Love of Christ
- Love That Purifies the Unclean
- Redeemed for Glory
- Marital Love and Self-Love
- Christ’s Union with His Beloved
- The Ancient Law and Unique Bond of Marriage
- The Mystery and Practice of Marriage
- The Child’s Duties to His Parents
- The Parents’ Duty towards Their Children
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