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Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples: A Faith Full Love Hardcover – February 11, 2011
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Rather than a "marriage how-to book", this is a resource which enables couples to pray together and helps to strengthen their marriages to survive and thrive. As Anders has said, "I wanted it to be a way for couples of getting on the same page, literally, together with God." This is exactly what she has provided. Each chapter is based on different phrases of the marriage vows taken and given to each other. Included in each chapter are numerous prayers, poems, statements and meditation from a world of wisdom as well as her own meditative writings.
Not only will this be an excellent gift for any newly wed couple, but it will be a resource which any married couple will discover as an avenue enabling them together to strengthen their "faith full love' with God. In the pages throughout this book there is something for every couple as they build upon their marriage and accept God's grace and blessing upon their life together.
Based on seven lines of the marriage vows, each chapter in BLESSINGS AND PRAYERS FOR MARRIED COUPLES presents a different part of the vows: "I take you to be my spouse...for better or for worse...to have and to hold...in good times and in bad...for richer and for poorer...in sickness and in health...all the days of our lives..." Anders encourages married couples to pray together at regular times - at mealtimes, bedtimes, and at family events. Her thesis that praying together is the strongest factor in producing long-term, successful marriages is undergirded by the results of a survey that determines only one percent of married couples divorce when they engage in mutual prayer.
Anders uses positive words to project the ideal for married life: love, listen, care, give, share, and support, and at the beginning of each chapter containing inspiring quotations and prayers, she presents a personal reflection about a part of the marriage vow. At the conclusion of each chapter, she includes questions that partners can use to reflect upon and discuss together.
Each chapter in this guide to prayer within the married life reflects the diligence and devotion of a committed Christian writer.Read more ›
In Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples, Isabel Anders takes seven lines from the marriage vow, presents her thoughts and offers quotes, stories, and scripture to be shared by spouses. The book, part devotional and part prayer manual, contains both contemporary and traditional prayers to be recited together.
In a frantic world where both spouses normally work and are entangled in juggling their jobs, family, church activities, and other obligations, Isabel encourages readers to slow down and remember the essence of their love. Each chapter contains questions which will help a couple reflect on their lives, their dreams and goals.