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The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home



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A popular resource among college and seminary faculty, pastors, and counselors, the Balswicks' guide is now updated to reflect current research. Generously illustrated, their insightful and comprehensive text analyzes theological and social perspectives on family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and more from a strong Christian perspective. (Practical Life)

Author Biography

Jack O. Balswick (PhD, University of Iowa) is director of marriage and family research and professor of sociology and family development at Fuller Theological Seminary. Judith K. Balswick (EdD, University of Georgia) is director of clinical training and senior professor of marital and family therapy at Fuller.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Theological and Social Perspectives on Family Lifep. 15
A Theological Foundation for Family Relationships: The Use of Scripture in Developing a Theology of the Familyp. 17
The Family as a Developing Systemp. 37
Marriage: The Foundation of Family Lifep. 55
Mate Selection: Romance and Realityp. 57
Establishing a Strong Marriage: A Differentiated Unityp. 73
Christian Marriage: A Model for Postmodern Societyp. 87
The Expansion of Family Life: Parenting and Beyondp. 101
Parenting: The Process of Relationship Empowermentp. 103
Developing a Mature Reciprocating Selfp. 123
Family Spirituality: Nurturing Christian Beliefs, Morals, and Valuesp. 145
Adolescence and Midlife: Challenging Changesp. 157
The Joys and Challenges of Family in Later Lifep. 171
Gender and Sexuality: Identity in Family Lifep. 187
Changing Gender Roles: The Impact on Family Lifep. 189
Becoming an Authentic Sexual Selfp. 213
Communication: The Heart of Family Lifep. 237
Expressing Love-Achieving Intimacyp. 239
Expressing Anger-Negotiating the Inevitable Conflictsp. 251
The Social Dynamics of Family Lifep. 269
Becoming Powerful through Empowermentp. 271
Through the Stress and Strain of Family Lifep. 285
Divorce and Single-Parent Familiesp. 299
Complex Families in Contemporary Societyp. 319
Family Life in Postmodern Societyp. 335
The Erosion of Biblical Truth in a Postmodern Worldp. 337
Creating a Family-Friendly Societyp. 353
Bibliographyp. 369
Indexp. 391
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