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Before You Say 'I Do': Important Questions for Couples to Ask Before Marriage Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399523758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399523755
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Todd Outcalt is a United Methodist pastor who has written for a wide variety of publications and periodicals. Educated at Duke University, he has counseled hundreds of couples before marriage and officiated at (nearly) an equal number of weddings. He has conducted workshops on marriage and parenting, and has led seminars on the premarital relationship. Happily married, Todd and his wife, Becky, have two children.

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Customer Reviews

I think this is a great book to help open communication with your partner.
John G. MacKay
It's also a good tool to help determine whether you guys are really right for one another.
J. Wellendorf
I would recommend this (and i am buying a copy for every young couple I know) to anyone.
Daniel Losoya

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to my fiance and I and I am SO GLAD. So many topics related to marriage that I wouldn't have thought of are included in easy to follow chapters. It is heavily Christian in nature which was perfect for us. I think every couple considering marriage should work through this workbook.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John G. MacKay on December 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I think this is a great book to help open communication with your partner. Marriage is the biggest decision you will ever have to make in your life. Why not learn all you can about the person you are going to marry before you say "I do"? Most of the questions are really common sense but, this book organizes them for you and gives you a good outline to start from. Any couple using this book is sure to have countless hours of great discussions. The only thing that I think is missing in this book is a work book to go along with the book. Otherwise, great book to help couples learn about each other!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
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This book delves into important issues that engaged couples often overlook when planning their wedding. Reading it stimulated some very enlightening discussions between my husband-to-be and me about things which had never come up when we were dating but which we would have to deal with during our marriage. I learned a lot about my fiance and myself with the help of this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EAA on November 5, 2009
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This book raises a frightening question-- do people really get married who know so little about each other?? Perhaps this book would be useful in an arranged marriage where people meet shortly before the ceremony. But if you don't know, for example, what your fiance majored in in college, and what hobbies s/he enjoys, you should stop thinking about marriage and go out on a second date. I was hoping this book would provide insightful questions that would lead to deep conversation. But no. The exercises are the end of Getting the Love You Want by Hendrix are much more conducive to discussion than these questions.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2002
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This book has been around quite a while but I still found some very useful advice and tips on conversations that we should have before deciding to get engaged. However, I did feel that there were some topics that weren't covered or covered with enough depth.
Another enourmously useful piece is 1000 Questions for Couples which is the most comprehensive material on the subject I have found. I discovered it at questionsforcouples. com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Wellendorf on September 9, 2005
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This has been a great tool in getting my boyfriend and I to talk through different issues before marriage. Some of the questions we've skipped over simply because we knew the answers already. Others we've asked before, but it's always good to get a refresher! Other questions were ones we've never thought of before, which are exciting to ask.

I would recommend this book for any couple who is seriously thinking about marriage because it gives a bunch of ideas for you and your special someone to talk about to get to know one another better. It's also a good tool to help determine whether you guys are really right for one another. There is also a section of questions to ask family and friends, which is nice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2007
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I purchased this book for a friend who's in a commmitted relationship heading down the marriage path. The questions are really just things to start a couple talking about issues that are most important when you try to combine two lives and raise a family together. I liked this book because it covered the largest spectrum of issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanuensis on February 18, 2006
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If I had read and answered the questions in this book before I got married the first time, I most likely would have not married my first wife and it would have saved us a lot of heart ache. This second time around, not married yet, I am going through all the questions of this book and they are very poignant and practical. Every couple contemplating marriage needs to buy this, read it, answer all the questions together. It will give them a better picture of the realities they will be facing as a married couple and it will cause them to reflect and ponder the real issues perhaps causing the poor thinking due to infatuation to subside. I highly recommend it.
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