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Books explore the changing and evolving reality of marriage


These are the covers of "Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity" by Anthony Esolen; "The Seven Big Myths About Marriage: What Science, Faith and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness" by Christopher Kaczor; and "Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family" by June Carbone and Naomi Cahn. They are reviewed by Kathy Finley. (CNS)

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"Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity" by Anthony Esolen. St. Benedict Press (Charlotte, North Carolina, 2014). 174 pp., $14.95.

"The Seven Big Myths About Marriage: What Science, Faith and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness" by Christopher Kaczor and Jennifer Kaczor. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2014). 210 pp., $19.95.

"Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family" by June Carbone and Naomi Cahn. Oxford University Press (New York, 2014). 258 pp., $29.95.

In these months after the first phase of the synod on the family in Rome, we have an important opportunity to reflect and pray about what the bishops have been considering, and we can take this time to focus on understanding what marriage is and isn't and the challenges it faces today.

These three recent books attempt to help us do just that. In their own way, each of the three sees the picture of marriage changing not necessarily for the better, and each uses a different -- and as we shall see, a partial -- lens to analyze why and to attempt to address the problems it sees.

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