Item description for Just How Married Do You Want to Be?: Practicing Oneness in Marriage by Jim Sumner, Sarah Sumner & John Burke...
Overview Sarah and Jim Sumner have wrestled individually and as a couple with the theological meaning of headship in marriage, articulated so clearly and yet so mysteriously by the apostle Paul. They show how married couples can love and honor one another as they grow in practical oneness.
Publishers Description Men Are from Strip Clubs. Women Are from Seminary. Jim and Sarah Sumner met at church. Jim, a new Christian and former male stripper, impressed Sarah with his desire to grow in his faith and to see people meet the God he had met. Sarah, a Ph.D. in theology and a division leader in evangelism, impressed Jim with her depth of knowledge and heart for discipleship. Their mutual admiration slowly turned to love, and the two were married. Just how married they're becoming is the story of this book. Sarah and Jim lay out a fresh approach to how husbands and wives relate biblically in marriage. In a culture where gender roles are often misunderstood, the Bible's teaching on the marital relationship is made more complex than it need be. What does it mean when we read that "the husband is the head of the wife"? How should the husband's headship play out when married couples deal with such issues as conflict and decision-making? Read this book and discover a fresh vision for how couples can become "one flesh" in a marriage that honors God.
Citations And Professional Reviews Just How Married Do You Want to Be?: Practicing Oneness in Marriage by Jim Sumner, Sarah Sumner & John Burke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 04/01/2009 page 63
Christian Retailing - 09/08/2008 page 18
CBA Retailers - 10/01/2008 page 27
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Jim Sumner is a historian, scholar, and writer with a passion for Southern sports. A graduate of Duke University, Sumner worked as a public historian for the North Carolina Division of Archives and History for thirty years. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Just How Married Do You Want to Be?: Practicing Oneness in Marriage?
We LOVE the book! Apr 7, 2010
This book is a must read. Wonderful & so awesome! We read it in our small group. So good
A bibical marriage book for couples who aren't stereotypical gender roles May 9, 2009
My wife and I have a traditional arrangement: she's a full time stay home mom, I work 50+ hours per week in a very male field (cop), 3 kids with one home schooled, whole family is very into our evangelical Quaker faith. HOWEVER, we are not traditional "people" : we have never fit well into the traditional gender role idealogy, because we are VERY egalatarian in everything we do (one of the #1 reasons we love the evangelical Quaker church). So when we hunted for marriage books over the last 15 years of our marriage, we were always frustrated and disappointed with male domintated materials. This marriage book is the first book we have read that we can feel comfortable with most of the ideas presented. It is a breath of fresh air for us, and all the concepts are rooted in scripture. This book will (help us) improve our marriage like nothing we've read before. If your marriage is not the common heirarchial type and you have been frustrated with marriage books for a loooooong time, this is THE ONLY book for you.
I mean c'mon- the author stories alone are worth it! She is a female bible scholar (very rare), and her pastor husband was a stripper BC?! You can't beat THAT marriage match for variety and challenge to the your readers. As a former beer truck driver/bounty hunter/and cop for over a decade, I need stuff that REALLY cuts to the heart of things.
Of course, this book will be a difficult read for those who MUST HAVE the old tradtional Christian marriage model.
Just How Good a Book is It? Feb 4, 2009
As a pastor, I selected the book for a marriage counseling session. I think the theology was well done. I can't say I was riveted, but it was an easy read with some helpful points. The "who's talking now" approach was a bit distracting, but overall a good resource.
Desiring to Be ONE with spouse and with God Dec 14, 2008
My husband and I are especially drawn to the biblical model of marriage as our desire is to live out our marriage in such a way that those needing Jesus will be drawn to Him. The title carries a double meaning: Just how married do you want to be to your spouse? And just how married do you want to be to Christ? This was an amazing look at marriage, presented clearly as a covenant created by God to enable us to work out our growth as Christians, as well as truly becoming One with our spouse for a victorious marriage. The insights of being open and searching our souls for hidden attitudes and defenses explains how the work of growing closer in our marriage can draw us closer to God. The honest examples of struggle in understanding our spouse is encouraging to us at every stage of marriage, whether newlywed or veteran. We have been encouraged to open ourselves to greater intimacy and understanding of each other, as we realize there is always more ways we can draw closer to becoming One. Being in community with other believers was shown to be an essential part of the growth process. The scripture references were very helpful and certainly shed light on the topics as being a covenant from God.
Help for Any Season of Your Marriage Oct 3, 2008
We have been married for 43 years and found this book a real help for this season of our life together. Over the years we have heard many "theories" of what submission and headship means in a marriage, it was refreshing to read the Biblical truth in such simple and clear terms.
Thank you, Jim and Sarah for being so open about your realtionship and thank you for the help you gave us. Your book has made a difference in our relationship. Susan and John Kimes