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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)
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
|Theological and Social Perspectives on Family Life||p. 15|
|A Theological Foundation for Family Relationships: The Use of Scripture in Developing a Theology of the Family||p. 17|
|The Family as a Developing System||p. 37|
|Marriage: The Foundation of Family Life||p. 55|
|Mate Selection: Romance and Reality||p. 57|
|Establishing a Strong Marriage: A Differentiated Unity||p. 73|
|Christian Marriage: A Model for Postmodern Society||p. 87|
|The Expansion of Family Life: Parenting and Beyond||p. 101|
|Parenting: The Process of Relationship Empowerment||p. 103|
|Developing a Mature Reciprocating Self||p. 123|
|Family Spirituality: Nurturing Christian Beliefs, Morals, and Values||p. 145|
|Adolescence and Midlife: Challenging Changes||p. 157|
|The Joys and Challenges of Family in Later Life||p. 171|
|Gender and Sexuality: Identity in Family Life||p. 187|
|Changing Gender Roles: The Impact on Family Life||p. 189|
|Becoming an Authentic Sexual Self||p. 213|
|Communication: The Heart of Family Life||p. 237|
|Expressing Love-Achieving Intimacy||p. 239|
|Expressing Anger-Negotiating the Inevitable Conflicts||p. 251|
|The Social Dynamics of Family Life||p. 269|
|Becoming Powerful through Empowerment||p. 271|
|Through the Stress and Strain of Family Life||p. 285|
|Divorce and Single-Parent Families||p. 299|
|Complex Families in Contemporary Society||p. 319|
|Family Life in Postmodern Society||p. 335|
|The Erosion of Biblical Truth in a Postmodern World||p. 337|
|Creating a Family-Friendly Society||p. 353|
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