Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Be a better spouse

For a Glory and a Covering: A Practical Theology of MarriageFor a Glory and a Covering: A Practical Theology of Marriage by Douglas Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Douglas Wilson seems to come at every topic from a different angle that makes reading him intriguing, entertaining, and helpful.

This book has fresh applications of traditional marriage Scriptures, and it deals with other texts that I've never heard discussed before in relation to marriage (much less applied), texts like Ex 21:10-11; Titus 2:3-5; Mal 2:15; Prov 9:1-6. I've heard 1 Cor 11:2-16 debated a few times, but used to lay out practical guidelines for marriage? Wilson does it.

The chapters are short, and the topics are both the usual and the not-so-usual. I appreciated his discussions of jealousy as a virtue, the nature of masculinity and femininity (how they're not precisely equivalent to male and female), the duties of husbands and wives, lies about equality, and divorce.

As an example of his unique approach, in his chapter on respective marital duties, he details the duties of husbands as protection (physical and spiritual) and (based on Ex 21:10-11) provision (complete cupboards, complete closets, and complete union). The duties of wives (based on Titus 2:3-5) include a pleasant home, a well-run home, and the home as a course of study.

In sum, Wilson's book is deeper theologically and wider applicationally than most marriage books.  I guarantee you won't agree with everything, but your thinking on marriage will be sharpened by reading this book. And maybe your marriage will be enhanced, too.

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