Rick Shrader‘s Review:
This large book (560 pages of text), edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem, was the result of the 1988 Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. That council also produced the Danvers Statement as their conclusion which is an appendix in this book. This Council made the word “complementarity” popular as a description of what marriage between a man and a woman ought to be. It is written in opposition to the egalitarian view. Regardless of your opinion of Piper and Grudem, the contributors of this book do a great job defending biblical marriage and related subjects. Some of the notable writers are Ray Ortlund, D.A. Carson, Thomas Schreiner, S. Lewis Johnson, Jr., Douglas Moo, Vern Sheridan Poythress, Elisabeth Elliot, H. Wayne House, and others. Grudem edited a follow-up book titled Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood in 2002 with himself, Piper, Bruce Ware and Daniel Doriani (which I reviewed earlier). If you are in the discussion about complementarity and related subjects, this book is a great help even if you use it as a resource.