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Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin’s writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, children’s story, meditation, and biblical exposition. His writing voice is immediately recognizable, and his fans number in the millions. The author of over forty books, Wangerin has won the National Book Award, New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year Award, and several Gold Medallions, including best-fiction awards for both The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785266712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785266716
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walt Wangerin's gift for story telling is demonstrated undeniably in this marvelous book on the challenges of making marriage work. His powerfully transparent autobiographical sections moved me and drew me in, setting me up for his teachable moments, which are compelling and instructive. I wept with Wangerin as he told of the grace and forgiveness afforded him by his wife, knowing full well the liberating joy of being similarly forgiven by my wife of 26 years. This text is required reading at our church for couples preparing to marry. But it may be even more meaningful reading for those of us who have a decade or two of marital experience under our belts! Read and enjoy Walt Wangerin at his best!
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I am a professional, full time marriage & family therapist, and part time pastor. I have spent a good deal of time searching for literature to suggest to my clients and members. This is it! The book is moving, compelling, revealing, and enriching all at the same time. Walter's openness and honesty in his own self revelations demonstrate for us the work of the grace of God in a Christian marriage.
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Walter Wangerin's "As For Me and My House" presents a relationally and spiritually pragmatic guide for building a lasting, Christian marriage. While the writing style edges towards maudlin on occasion, the book's core concepts are rock solid and presented in a clear language with even clearer examples. Wangerin's approach is to set aside the conventional wisdom about how relationships "should" be--absorbed through culture, church, and family---and address how individuals actually feel and how relationships could be if approached from what might be called a "servant's" perspective. Wangerin's effectiveness in articulating this approach is based upon his long experience as a pastor in counseling couples and his insistence on acknowledging that marriage is a rewarding, if at times, harrowing challenge. Several themes, emphasized through vignettes about his marriage, are expanded upon to provide concrete suggestions for action.

First, Wangerin addresses newlyweds by showing that marriage is, no matter how much time the couple has been dating, an altogether different type of relationship. He discusses in frank terms the struggle to absorb a new life together with new realities and new responsibilities. His honesty in addressing a couple's fears, unrealistic expectations, and occasional dismay with each other upon first being married serves the newly engaged or newly married reader by relieving the pressure of a "perfect" marriage. According to Wangerin, every newly married couple experiences these issues. Wangerin goes on to insist that marriage is in fact a leap into the unknown. From a conventional wisdom perspective, this is an unorthodox but intuitively satisfying perspective that frees the reader to being building their marriage with an optimist's realism.
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Regardless of whether you have been married for some time or are going to get married, this book is exceptionally well written, helpful, and well worth the time to read. In spite of all the well meaning people who try to advise the husband and wife to be, few if any seem able to explain what you can expect after marriage. "Everyone fights," "depression is normal," etc. etc. - who needs such meaningless, vague, and demoralizing statements? What each couple needs is this book - and if they can get it and use it before marriage, they will probably avoid a lot of heartache. Whether you are wondering "what is going to happen?" or "what just happened?" This book will be much more help than newspaper columns, confused friends, or dear old aunt Alice.
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This is one unbelievably fantastic book. Wangerin is a wonderful storyteller. This book stands head and shoulders above other Christian books about marriage. The chapters on forgiveness are incredible. He is transparent and real as he shares from his own marriage. Use it to make your own marriage stronger. Give it to friends, those married and those contemplating marriage.
I've read many books on marriage. This one is at the top of my list.
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As a Catholic priest, I use this book for Pre-Cana (before you get married)counseling. I think it's the best I've seen, and I've recommended it to my Bishop to be used in the curriculum of our seminary. Would that people read this before they got married ~ also good as an eye opener if you are married, and for no matter how long. As the Chairman of the Board of Examining Chaplains for my diocese (who oversees academic stuff before a man is considered for ordination), I'll tell you that this book will be required reading for any man before he becomes a priest with pastoral cares.
Bravo!!!
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As a Lutheran pastor, I certainly have a soft spot for other well-written Lutheran pastors. Be that as it may, AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE is, without a doubt, the most helpful resource I've found for couples who want to build a genuinely fruitful Christian marriage. I say "build" because a marriage does not happen overnight - it is constructed over years of companionship, trust and, lest we forget, forgiveness. No other resource that I've seen even comes close to describing the kind of work a successful marriage requires, and no other resource identifies forgiveness, not love, as the centerpiece of that rare gem, a fruitful Christian marriage. I give this book to my pre-marriage couples, but I would give it to a 60-years married couple with no hesitation, because I believe that they would learn from Walt (and Thanne's!) wisdom and counsel.
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