Though abstract in the exposition, this is an important book which will be useful particularly to priests and counsellors. Not a treatise on the sacrament of marriage, it is nevertheless one of the more constructive books on the subject of Christian marriage and the moral questions involved. Fathers Ford and Kelly, recognized theologians, do not skirt the difficult questions. The creative approach they bring to their discussion of birth control and of steroid drugs is refreshing, and they do a first rate job in delineating the delicate distinctions necessary. Contemporary Protestant views on the ends of marriage in relationship to the Catholic view are among the topics treated in the first section of the book which goes fully into the ends of marriage. The second part on the use of Christian marriage deals with the applications as the authors analyze contraception, conjugal intimacy, sterilizing drugs and periodic continence. This second volume in a projected series of books on contemporary moral theology is competent, frank and realistic in presenting the singular questions which are raised in Christian marriage.