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The Marriage Builder: A Blueprint for Couples and Counselors [Paperback]

By Lawrence J. Crabb (Author) & Larry Crabb (Author)
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Psychologist Larry Crabb cuts to the heart of the biblical view of marriage: the "one-flesh" relationship. He argues convincingly that the deepest needs of human personality -- security and significance -- ultimately cannot be satisfied by a marriage partner. We need to turn to the Lord, rather than our spouse, to satisfy our needs. This frees both partners for "soul oneness," a commitment to minister to our spouse's needs rather than manipulating them to meet our own needs. With "soul oneness" comes renewed "body oneness," where couples enjoy sexual pleasure as an expression and outgrowth of a personal relationship. The Marriage Builder also identifies three building blocks essential to constructing marriage: the grace of God, true marriage commitment, and acceptance of one's mate. Now for the first time, discussion questions have been added to aid couples who want to come to deeper understanding of marriage. Helpful to counselors and laypersons alike, The Marriage Builder is for anyone who longs to transform marriage from trial to triumph.

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Psychologist Larry Crabb cuts to the heart of the biblical view of marriage: the "one-flesh" relationship. He argues convincingly that the deepest needs of human personality -- security and significance -- ultimately cannot be satisfied by a marriage partner. We need to turn to the Lord, rather than our spouse, to satisfy our needs. This frees both partners for "soul oneness," a commitment to minister to our spouse's needs rather than manipulating them to meet our own needs. With "soul oneness" comes renewed "body oneness," where couples enjoy sexual pleasure as an expression and outgrowth of a personal relationship. The Marriage Builder also identifies three building blocks essential to constructing marriage: the grace of God, true marriage commitment, and acceptance of one's mate. Now for the first time, discussion questions have been added to aid couples who want to come to deeper understanding of marriage. Helpful to counselors and laypersons alike, The Marriage Builder is for anyone who longs to transform marriage from trial to triumph.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1992
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310548012  
ISBN13  9780310548010  
UPC  025986548018  


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More About Lawrence J. Crabb & Larry Crabb


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Larry Crabb is a bestselling author, counselor, and psychologist who is known internationally not only through his many books, but also as a leading seminar and conference speaker for the past two decades. Some of his landmark books include "Inside Out, Finding God, The Marriage Builder, "and "Connecting. "He has been a professor at Colorado Christian University since 1989, and has also taught at Regent College, Grace Theological Seminary, and the University of Illinois. He had a private practice in clinical psychology for ten years. Larry's New Way Ministries serves churches through a variety of training opportunities in areas including spiritual direction, spiritual friendship, shepherding and leadership, and spiritual formation and counseling. Larry and his wife, Rachael, have two sons and two grandchildren and live in the Denver, Colorado area.

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Soul Mates: Becoming Your Spouse's Spiritual Friend  Sep 1, 2005
"The Marriage Builder" by Dr. Larry Crabb has become something of a classic in the genre of Christian books on husband-wife relationships. In it, Crabb highlights three relational areas: the couple's spiritual relationship to God, their social/soul relationship to one another, and their physical relationship to each other. When dealt with properly, and in priority order, Crabb asserts that relationships will be healthy (not necessarily happy, since that is not God's goal nor guarantee for life this side of heaven).

Discussing the spiritual relationship, Crabb explains that when God cleanses sin through salvation, His grace simultaneous quenches the deepest thirsts in the human soul. Rather than beings some new-age mantra as some claim when they critique Crabb, the concept of longings, desires, thirsts, and hunger is both biblical and historical (church history). The Trinitarian God of the Bible created humanity in His relational image. Since human beings are finite, they will always long for the infinite--for God's infinite holy love.

Once a husband and wife have come to understand that all they need is God and what He chooses to provide, Crabb notes that then they can quit the old "tic on a dog" relationship of mutual manipulation. Instead, they can begin a relationship of mutual ministry.

In this area, Crabb explores God's essential design for the masculine and feminine soul. He posits that males have a deep social longing for respect, which coincides with Paul's teaching in Ephesians 5. Crabb also explains that females have a deep social longing for intimacy, also correlating with Paul's teaching in Ephesians 5.

As couples learn to drink fully from the God of the universe and to serve one another "heapin' helpins'" of respect and intimacy, then they are prepared to experience body oneness (not simply fun sex). One in their walk with God, one in their relationship with each other, now they move toward physical oneness.

"The Marriage Builder" is a classic because it remains true to God's classic teaching on relationships. We are spiritual beings designed to worship God; we are social beings designed to mutually minister to and intimately connect with one another; and we are physical beings, designed in the state of marital matrimony, to experience body oneness.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming, "Beyond the Suffering: The Story of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
 
Solid Must Read for Christians  Jun 9, 2005
Sure it's called Marriage Builder, but I'd rename it life builder, because the things that it talks about really apply to all your relationships that are close; wife, friends, family, girlfriend, mentor. I can't let anyone (wife or others) define who I am, the Bible defines who I am. I learned so much from this book, both for my marriage, and also how I handle events and people.
 
A Pastor says: "BUY THIS BOOK"  Feb 7, 2005
This book challenged me during college (pre-marriage), and again during Seminary (after-marriage). As a pastor in a young church-I recomend this book all the time with great results. It forms the basis of 90% of my pre-marital counseling, also with great results. It is biblical, practical, and deeply challenging. I am convinced that any marriage would benefit from reading this book-regardless of age.
Many people find themselves opened up to a whole new world as they begin to grasp some of the concepts in this book, such as the difference between ministry and manipulation, soul oneness and body oneness, and the ultimate source of security and significance (which Crabb makes very clear that it must be Christ).
I ask couples to read the book slowly on thier own and then go through the study questions together perhaps on a date night. It is absolutely amazing what kind of discussions this book sparks between couples that have known each other for years.
Buy this book!

 
Yes it is the Biblical view  Apr 9, 2004
The "Reader" from Southern California who wrote the "not a Biblical view" needs to learn how to read! When the author talks about security and significance, he makes it quite clear that he is discussing emotional needs. He also shows how we receive that security and significance IN and FROM our salvation in Christ. He also says that you must deal with people's urgent perceived needs before they can hear a larger message - this is straight out of the book of James - if you try to preach the gospel to a starving man, how could or why would he listen to you? Feed him first. Similarly, Dr. Crabb deals with healing emotional pain as a road to spiritual healing.
 
Not the Biblical View of man  Jul 25, 2003
"I was disappointed with this book. Dr. Crabb states that a man's greatest need is significance and a woman's greatest need is security. My understanding of the Bible is that the single greatest need for both men and women is salvation and sanctification. Not only is the assessment of man's need wrong, he says that this must be dealt with BEFORE Biblical principles can be applied. A better approach would be to apply biblical principles to the lives of men and women and allow the Holy Spirit to work in them so that they will find their security and significance in Christ alone."
 

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