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C Through Marriage was written in the latter stages of my pastoral ministry and after nearly 40 years of married life.  I wrote this book basically with no intention of seeing it published.  I just jotted down a lot of observations I had gleaned from my married and pastoral life. 

Looking back on it, I am still amazed how it all came together.  It just seemed to flow so naturally.  The thoughts came easily and the common connections with the letter C was amazingly simple.  It is the way that I generally outlined my messages over the years and was a natural process for me.  I am certain that I was guided in the making of this book.  I have no other explanation for how it came together. 

My prayer for this book is that it will help people to find their way to first a personal and deeper relationship to Christ, and secondly to a deeper personal relationship with their spouse.  C Through Marriage is but one of many excellent resources available for couples,  My book is a practical guide in many areas that every couple faces in marriage and a useful guide in helping couples-to-be to better prepare for the life they will soon share with their soon-to-be-spouse.

C Through Marriage is the first of several books I hope to see published on marriage.  I have a study guide waiting in the wings along with another book targeted specifically to the already married.

About the Author

     I gave my heart completely to the Lord at the age of 18 in revival meetings at a church in Ft. Wayne, IN.  It was a lifelong journey of faith that led me into serving the Lord as a pastor, teacher, Awana leader, board member, Sunday School superintendent, church leader, and now an author in my later stages of life. 
     I graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN in 1970.  It was there that I met my wife who has been the apple of my eye ever since I first laid my eyes on her.  We have been blessed with three wonderful children, a grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and the opportunity to minister to numerous foster children over the years.
     I have worked mainly in various factories over the years as I pursued my calling of serving in the church.  We have been planted in southeast Iowa where most of our ministry has been lived out. 
     My interests in life have always been my serving the Lord, my family, reading, and sports.
     My passions have evolved over the years and are now mainly focused on my writing career and trying to help others through my writings discover a deeper walk with Lord and help in the practical living out of faith in life.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606964194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606964194
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,378,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`C through Marriage' by Jim Hughes is a positive and uplifting book backed by scripture. It is a book that is perfect to be given to newly engaged/married couples and to couples that have been together for years. For the newly engaged/married couples, it gives a good look into what marriage is truly like. Not the glossed over, romanticized version some adults have grown up believing marriage is. As for the married couples that have been together for years, it is an ideal book to revisit what your marriage is now as opposed to what you expected it to be and what is still can become.
`C trough Marriage' is written in short chapters, each starting with a possible real life scenario and going into what God intended marriage to be and how to go about reaching a Godly marriage. Bible verses are given throughout each chapter, so you'll want to have your bible handy.
While I feel that I have a great marriage, this book made me realize that it could be even better. I caught myself wanting to stop reading so I could start working on making my marriage more of what God intended, but I'm glad I didn't stop...because with each chapter, I learned so much more.
I found this book to be right on the mark. I encourage every married couple, whether you feel your marriage needs help or not, to read this book. This is also the perfect book to have on hand to be given as an engagement gift. If it encourages communication to start before the vows are taken, so many negative issues can be avoided after the vows.
Ursula Gorman- author of `Old Acquaintances' a mystery/romance to be released Dec. 10/Jan. 11
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This book is packed full of wisdom that would be beneficial for any married couple or anyone planning on getting married. Using "C" words as a backdrop for the book, Hughes brings up lessons on life as a couple that plague nearly every marriage. Character, Celebration, Change, Children, and Chemistry, are just a few of the "C" words that he tackles in this book.

This is a great read for a couple to work through together as a devotional and use it for a time to draw closer to one another.
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Review by R.L. Bailey

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5/5 Angel stars

Stand alone book

Being married does not necessarily mean that we will always live happily ever after. We wish it were so, but life is not like that. Life has its ups and downs. There are many good times, and there are times in which life is not so good. Calamity happens to everybody sooner or later.

This statement is in the first chapter of the book C Through Marriage, by Rev. Jim Hughes. It is quite possibly one of the best and well written paragraphs I have ever read. Everyone goes into marriage thinking it’s going to be hearts and flowers, and as Rev. Hughes points out, life doesn’t work that way.

Each chapter starts with the letter C. Cash, Contentment, Courtship, etc., and at the end of each chapter are points to ponder. In each chapter, you learn something you might not have known, or…known but never acknowledged. The book is a fast read. Rev. Hughes points things out in a simple, easy-to-understand way. Also, each chapter is laced with biblical references, which makes sense since the author is a Pastor.

I really, really liked this book. From both a spiritual and secular point of view, the book just makes sense. Too many times a married couple believes that the honeymoon will last forever, and it just doesn’t. Daily living, money woes, children, different ways of doing things all come into play in a marriage and too easily these days, people will give up and move on to another person. A real marriage, both in mind, body, and soul requires work. Rev. Hughes makes the case that with open, honest communication, prayer, and a spiritual base, any marriage can be helped.
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When I first read the title of this book, I didn't get it. But once I read the book and noticed that each chapter started with a "C" and that each "C" was an important consideration for a healthy marriage, I thought it was very clever. The church has taken the low road for so many years now and we have paid the price in terms of the divorce rate in this country, even among Christians. Jim's book doesn't just present the problem, but also provides a solution. As the author points out, marriage is a work in progress and it lasts a lifetime. As a relative newlywed, even though I'm in my forties, I found the suggestions in Jim Hughes' book helpful, honest, and simple to implement. I am recommending this book to my church's marriage ministry. I really enjoyed this read.
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Jim Hughes has written an easy to read book on marriage in which the most helpful points of each chapter are highlighted in bullet points. Each chapter title starts with C, which is a creative and catchy way to get the point across. Jim has included many questions and discussion points in each chapter for couples to work through.

For example, in the chapter on children, he suggests discussing how many children each spouse would like to have, when they want to start having children and the important question of how those children will be disciplined. Simple, yet important, questions like this are often neglected, and then become the source of conflict in marriages. Jim seeks to help defuse the conflict by having couples discuss issues like this ahead of time.

I was especially moved by the chapter on Christlikeness. Jim says “your ability to cope with many of the stresses and pressures that will be a part of your life together can be better dealt with, with Christ in your life. While avoiding the suggestion that only Christian marriages can last, Jim shows how Christian marriages can definitely be better than non-Christian ones if Christ is truly the center of the relationship.

Jim understands that marriages need the power of Christ in them to be all they should be. He also knows the importance of couples being involved in church. In the chapter on the church, Jim points out that “Active participation in the life of the church can have a profound effect on the success of your marriage.” Church provides a context for a couple of be mentored by older couples as well as an outlet for healthy relationships outside the marriage.
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