Brief Reviews, VOLUME 10

Two New Books on Marriage – Dorothy Greco / Bob Cornwall

These great new books on marriage were featured in
our Advent 2016 print magazine
(As sidebar reviews to  [easyazon_link identifier=”1513800175″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Katherine Willis Pershey’s excellent book Very Married[/easyazon_link])

Reviews by ERB Editor,
C. Christopher Smith


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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0781414083″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”107″]Making Marriage Beautiful:
Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start with You

Dorothy Greco

Hardback: David C. Cook, 2017
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Dorothy Greco offers us in Making Marriage Beautiful a poignant reflection on the many challenges of marriage that will require our attention and our diligence. Beginning with the helpful conviction that marriage will change you, Greco explores the dynamics of marriage and how indeed we are changed through the covenant of marriage. Each chapter ends with a story from a different married couple that sheds light on the theme of that chapter. The beauty of this book lies in its insistence that the fruits of marriage–joy and intimacy, for instance–are cultivated through weathering challenges together. Cultivation is a helpful, agricultural metaphor, for a marriage, like farming, will require hard work, but there are also other factors that shape a marriage that cannot be controlled by our most diligent efforts. Making Marriage Beautiful is a wise and immensely practical book for anyone who is married, or who  hopes to someday be married.

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”1631992279″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”107″]Marriage in Interesting Times:
A Participatory Study Guide

Robert D. Cornwall

Paperback: Energion Books, 2016
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Through a series of scriptural reflections, Cornwall leads readers into a conversation about some of the crucial issues related to marriage in the twenty-first century: how to find a mate, sex, raising children and even divorce. He approaches the subject not as a relationship expert, but as a pastor and theologian, who also has the experience of being married to his wife for over 30 years. Although the biblical texts he explores were written about heterosexual couples, Cornwall writes as an advocate of marriage equality and does so in a way that his reflections pertain both to traditional and same-sex couples. Marriage in Interesting Times is a helpful tool for starting conversations not only about the nature of marriage, but also about how to have a healthy, enduring marriage in our day.


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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