"Every sociologist who teaches courses on marriage and the family or who engages in personal or family counseling ought to read this stimulating book. Many will conclude that it is the best textbook for college, seminary, and marriage preparation courses."--Christian Sociological Society Newsletter
Covering every issue that affects family life--marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and family life in modern society--The Family is a proven comprehensive resource for studying this most established of human institutions. This important study is already well known among college and seminary faculty, pastors, and Christian counselors. It is widely used in sociology, marriage, and family classes around the country. The third edition has been revised and updated throughout to include the results of current research and contemporary trends.
The authors encourage readers to dig deep into Scripture, ever mindful of context, in order to develop a theological basis for family relationships. In considering the meaning of human relationships and family life, the Balswicks are concerned to integrate a biblically based perspective with insights gained from psychological and sociological studies. When dealing with the scriptural texts, however, they avoid the common tendency to gather unconnected passages in order to prove a point. Instead, they explore the implications of four central themes found throughout the Bible: covenant, grace, empowering, and intimacy.