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Building a Godly Home, Vol. 2: A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage

Reformation Heritage Books

Building a Godly Home, Vol. 2: A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage

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For years, William Gouge’s Domestical Duties has stood as the foremost Puritan treatment of Christian family life. Yet due to its size and antiquated expression, it has become almost unknown among current generations of believers. To help revive the usefulness of this classic book, Scott Brown and Joel R. Beeke divided Gouge’s work into three manageable volumes, updated the language to modern standards, and have given it the title Building a Godly Home.

In the second volume, A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage, we find detailed counsel about the most important relationship in the family—husband and wife. Gouge carefully addresses what a fit marriage is and the proper way to enter into one. He then discusses the mutual duties married couples share in order for marriage to survive and thrive, as well as the duties specific to men and women respectively. Not only does he give detailed treatment of how these responsibilities are best expressed and too often hindered, but he also provides ample biblical motivation to set us on the right course. Christian husbands and wives will find much encouragement in this book.

Table of Contents:

  1. Seeking Marriage
  2. Getting Married
  3. Marital Unity and Sexual Faithfulness
  4. Living Together in Love
  5. Caring for Each Other’s Souls
  6. Guarding Each Other’s Health, Reputation, and Property
  7. Serving Together in Family Ministry
  8. A Wife’s Respect for Her Husband
  9. A Wife’s Not Going Against Her Husband’s Will (I)
  10. A Wife’s Not Going Against Her Husband’s Will (II)
  11. A Wife’s Active Obedience to Her Husband
  12. A Wife’s Submission to Christ First
  13. A Husband’s Affectionate Authority over His Wife
  14. A Husband’s Humble Gentleness to His Wife
  15. A Husband’s Patient Correcting of His Wife
  16. A Husband’s Kind Conduct toward His Wife
  17. A Husband’s Providing for His Wife
  18. A Husband’s Sincere and Steady Love for His Wife

 

About the Author

William Gouge (1575–1653) was a Puritan minster who served for forty-five years at St. Ann Blackfriars in London and was a member of the Westminster Assembly. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had thirteen children.


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