New Release: The Family, 4th Edition

Cover ArtTwo respected senior professors in the marriage and family field cover every issue that affects family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and family life in modern society.

The fourth edition of The Family has been updated to address current family-related issues and refined to reflect teaching practices for the contemporary classroom, including updated references to online resources.


Praise for Previous Editions

“A well-written text. . . . In style and content, the book is an excellent resource for marriage and family studies in the church and in academia. Few texts come close to this one in blending the biblical ideal with the contemporary scene.” – Joe E. Trull, Theological Educator

“This is a rare book in its synthesis of rich sources in family scientific theory with a theological vision of the meaning and purpose of the family. I consider this book an excellent resource for preachers and teachers and an obvious choice for a text in family studies in a Christian college.” – Peter L. VanKatwyk, Calvin Theological Journal

“Every sociologist who teaches courses on marriage and the family or who engages in personal or family counseling ought to read this stimulating book. Many will conclude that it is the best textbook for college, seminary, and marriage preparation courses.” – Christian Sociological Society Newsletter

“An excellent text . . . from a distinctively Christian perspective, integrating the very best of theology, ethics, and biblical studies with the social sciences and clinical perspectives. Pastors will find this text a superb update on Christian family life.” – Guy Greenfield, Southwestern Journal of Theology


Jack O. Balswick (PhD, University of Iowa) is senior professor of sociology and family development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Judith K. Balswick (EdD, University of Georgia) is senior professor of marital and family therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California

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