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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937155803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937155803
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a lot of food for thought packed into this little booklet, which intended to be a practical guide to help the laity navigate the confusion about marriage in conversations with their family and friends. I believe you will find it to be a very valuable resource. —Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone Archbishop of San Francisco Chairman, USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage


This communication guide is an invaluable resource for answering questions and explaining what is at stake for the future of marriage and the rights of children if marriage is redefined. Every family should have one. —Raymond L. Flynn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston


The break–down of the family through artificial contraception and divorce/remarriage has been a social fact of life for decades now. Unfortunately, that situation has not been helped by ecclesiastical silence on the issues, in all too many cases. The current drive to re–define marriage itself is a logical conclusion to this confusion but also gives people of faith and those simply of intelligence and good will a golden opportunity to re-visit all of the aspects of what constitutes a true marriage, benefitting children and society–at–large. William May has provided a wonderful guide for discussing marriage in the public forum, without having recourse to biblical or other theological points of reference. For that reason alone, it is a most valuable contribution to a conversation which is not going away any time soon. —Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D. Editor, The Catholic Response


This 70-page book is a quick read, but it packs a powerful message. —Stuart Dunn Catholic book review blog


If you are looking for an easy reference book on defending marriage, this book really is worth having and reading. —Cheryl Dickow Bezalel Books


This discussion is important, and we owe it to our children, and theirs, to keep having this discussion, and being as thoughtful about it as we can. —Roxane B. Salonen Editor, New Earth

About the Author

William B. May is founder, president, and CEO of Catholics for the Common Good, a lay apostolate for the evangelization of culture. He is a sought after speaker on marriage, family, culture, and the imperative of regaining the offense to promote the centrality and integrity of marriage for children and society. In 2008, May and Catholics for the Common Good were asked by the California Catholic Conference to lead Catholics for Protect Marriage, the lay Catholic response to the Proposition 8 effort that successfully restored the definition of marriage between a man and a woman in California. In his role as president and CEO, he has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, EWTN Radio, Immaculate Heart Radio, the Catholic Channel, and many other programs. He and his wife Nancy have three children.

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It is simply a radical attempt to fully redefine the very nature and purpose of marriage.
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I read the book in one sitting and want to read it again to absorb the facts better.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Wright on March 25, 2013
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I'm not Catholic, but I appreciated this small book which presents a Catholic view of traditional marriage. It seeks to focus the reader on why marriage should remain exclusively man-woman and how to frame the discussion in the public square (without using religious language). The rising tide of single mothers and the push for gay marriage are merely symptomatic of a view that marriage is a matter of personal fulfillment rather than the best-for-society arrangement for the raising of children who need the distinct influences of both a mother and father.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Callpoupon on February 28, 2013
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This is a terrific, easily accessible book that brings together thoughts about the nature of marriage, who it serves, who it protects! A quick read but a real boost to those who might feel back on their heels defending marriage as it was originally intended. Thanks, Mr. May!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 9, 2013
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In this brief booklet (a 40-page essay with 30 pages of Q&A) the president of Catholics for the Common Good lays out some helpful pointers in how to engage in the homosexual marriage debate. He shows us what the real nature of marriage is, why it is so important for children, and how it fundamentally differs from non-heterosexual relationships.

The most important aspect to this entire debate is to get a proper understanding of just what exactly marriage is. A faulty understanding of marriage will simply provide fodder to those who seek to deconstruct it for their radical purposes.

Marriage is not the mere public recognition of adults who are in a relationship for the sake of personal fulfilment. Any number of combinations could be called marriage if that were the only definition. Not only homosexual relationships, but two or more close sisters living together, or a threesome or foursome of committed, loving, adults, etc.

Marriage, properly understood, has always been about that which unites a man and a woman with each other and any children who may come from this union. Clearly all relationships are not equal. The social good of marriage is the uniting of a man and a woman and the protection of any children resulting from that union.

If marriage had nothing to do with children, then there would be no need for state and public recognition of marriage. But marriage is always about at least the possibility of children. And children have a fundamental right to know and be cared for by their own mother and father.

Marriage is that public institution which specifically unites children with their own parents. That is why talk of "same-sex marriage" is simply an oxymoron. It is not marriage and can never be marriage.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 26, 2012
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I received this in the mail from the great folks at Emmaus Road Publishing. This is a great Catholic publisher that is true to the teachings of the Church and prints many great books. In exchange for this book, I just had to write an honest review.

This 70 page book is a quick read, but it packs a powerful message. In this book, we get a definition of what is going on in our current society with regards to marriage, and how society is trying to rid itself of traditional marriage. This is sad indeed, because as the book states, "Marriage unites a man and woman with each other and any children born from their union." No other societal institution does that, and if traditional marriage was compromised, an institution would need to be created to fill the requirements of the quote above.

What I like best about this book is the Question and Answer section in the back. Even after reading through documents and books such as this, I still find that I have a hard time answering frequent objections and questions that people of the opposing viewpoint have. I also like that this book tries to answer the question from more than a religious standpoint. Those who disagree with us will always disagree with us if all we have to argue them is our "faith." Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is orthodox, authentic, helpful, and necessary, but it wouldn't be a book I would actively seek out to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Harding on June 7, 2013
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William B. May challenges readers to focus on the main issue concerning the global movement to redefine marriage. He establishes a clear definition for marriage, which reflects the reality of marriage as it has been experienced, by all cultures, over millennia.

May argues that efforts to redefine marriage to merely the relationship between two adults, focuses on the private interests of two adults and contributes little to the public interest. Such redefinition also ignores the fundamental right of children to be with, and cared for, by their biological mother and father. The child's right to be with and cared for, by his/her natural parents, carries a massive public interest, which is well documented by much sociological, pedagogical and psychological research around the world. It is clear that children who are with and are cared for by their biological mother and father do much better in life, statistically, than those who do not have that experience.

May posits that to argue about the value of homosexual relationships, or the parental competencies of homosexual couples as against heterosexual couples distracts the debate from the real issue, which is that marriage is the only institution, which binds a man and a woman to each other and to the children which may be born of their union.

This book presents a very sound position, from which to discuss the debate on redefining marriage.
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