Rick Shrader‘s Review:
This is the second edition (2004, 2010) of Kostenberger’s book (with David W. Jones). This is one of those books which I have owned for quite a few years but used it for reference purposes as you might use a dictionary. Last week I took it with me on a trip and read it in its entirety. There are 14 chapters plus an appendix. You know it is a book loaded with information when the text is 274 pages but the total printed pages extends to 399 because of footnotes and indexes. This book is about the family and related issues. Kostenberger covers topics from creation and the divine purpose for the family, to marriage, sex within marriage, children and their responsibilities, the gift of singleness, divorce and remarriage (with an appendix on the exception clause), homosexuality (and answers to current objections), purity in church leadership, and the church as the family of God. The views are mostly Baptist and evangelical. Kostenberber is a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and, at the time of writing, was professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.