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GREG AND JULIE ALEXANDER are the founders of The Alexander House, a nonprofit apostolate dedicated to the education and enrichment of marriage and family life. The Alexanders serve on the pastoral implementation committee for the USCCB Marriage Initiative, are members of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, and are trained marriage coaches. Greg and Julie have been married for over twenty years and have seven children.

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  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Books (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867169796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867169799
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on August 16, 2011
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Several years ago Greg and Julie Alexander were seriously considering divorce when, on advise of their parish priest, they began to look more deeply at Church teachings to discover God's plan for their marriage. Inspired by readings on marriage from the bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church, they worked their way back to the love they had known early in their relationship.

In 1999, they started Alexander House, a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to the education and enrichment of marriage and family life. Resources currently available through Alexander House include Covenant of Love, a parish based marriage ministry that features Couples of Faith marriage groups; workshops on such topics as healing emotional wounds, marriage as a sacrament, and obstacles to communication; and a number of other study aids and programs.

Their latest resource, Marriage 911, is subtitled "How God Saved Our Marriage (and can save yours, too!)" It is organized around a series of questions the Alexanders ask couples in private coaching sessions. The first question is about the individual marriage (Do you value it? Are you willing to work on it? Will you follow the advice in the book?). The second question relates to faith in Jesus Christ (Does He have the power to redeem and restore your marriage?). The third question addresses openness to God (Will you permit God to enter your life and redeem it?)

The book is formatted in 13 chapters, the even ones written by Julie, the odd by Greg, beginning with the couple's meeting in college and ending with the founding of the apostolate. Titles include The Missing Ingredient, Dying to Self, and Undoing the Damage. Each chapter closes with "Before you go on" questions to help readers examine their own lives and relationships.

To learn more about the Alexanders and their apostolate, search for Alexander House on the web.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Devin Rose on November 29, 2011
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I just read this book today and was so inspired by it. The Alexanders have an incredible story of God's grace bringing their marriage back from the brink of death. Even though I had heard their story years ago from their own lips, I was captivated by reading it in their book.

They chronicle their history together, starting as your "normal" secular couple who cohabitated before getting married, then down the path of destruction that selfishness and the world led them down, before finally seeing God's outstretched hand and taking it.They pull no punches and discreetly but candidly share the reality of the bad decisions they made leading up to their resurrection.

Along the way, they share the insights they've gained into what makes a marriage work. Not only do they have first-hand knowledge from their own marriage, but they also draw on their years of mentoring and counseling other couples whose relationships are in trouble.

After Christ saved their marriage and family, He called them to a unique mission, which became The Alexander House, an apostolate to help people learn God's plan for marriage. I was amazed when I read about how close their apostolate came to never making it. And how close Julie almost came to not making it, after suffering a shocking heart attack. But I won't give these great parts away.

Just reading the book made me ask myself how well I have been loving my wife. The Alexanders are right: it's easy to take your spouse for granted. And even a good marriage, as Katie and I are blessed with, needs constant work and attention to keep it healthy.

The book alternate chapters first from Greg's perspective, then from Julie's, making it varied and fun to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bashfulpen on November 22, 2011
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the book "911 Marriage" can be beneficial to couples dealing with infidelity and other problems in their marriage by showing the effects on each spouse. How your spouse mentally and emotionally processes your actions and words, in these situations can be an eye opener if we are willing to take responsibility and see how our actions harm the other person.This book gives hope that any marriage no matter how badly we have damaged them can be saved if we truly want to and are willing to work (I know that's a dirty word,it's suppose to be happy everafter without lifting a finger, sorry to burst your bubble sweetie, it doesn't work that way)at it. The book is a light read for any lay person,has some unnecessary information,but also has very insightful revelations that make you think and that is exactly what a person needs in these situations.This book is not a professional counseling manual but an honest account from an everyday person about their marriage and what saved it.Overall I would give this book 3.75 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea H. Rainero on February 16, 2012
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Greg and Julie Alexander's wonderful book has something for everyone. If your marriage is failing their advice is life-saving. If your marriage is struggling, their advice will help you. If you are preparing for marriage, their advice will guide you and if you have a healthy marriage, their advice will inspire you. The total self-revelation of their story about how they overcame the problems that dissolve most marriages and now live in a fruitful exchange of love is a gift to all of us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evandro Menezes on June 3, 2012
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The history of the Alexanders' ordeal and the healing of their marriage was quite a moving read. I'm sure that all couples can sympathize and even identify themselves with the Alexanders, at least in part. That's when the power of their healing can bring hope to couples who find themselves in similar ruts.

In this day and age, the record given by God to mankind about marriage is often scratched by the dominant culture and leads many couples to skip grooves forward and to be stuck in the same grooves over and over again. What was meant in the beginning to be a relationship based on charity, then becomes a tiresome exercise in selfishness.

The Alexanders are a truly blessed couple and their openness to God's grace in healing their marriage is very inspiring. Their reliance on God's providence, not only in carrying out their ministry, but also in providing for their family, is the stuff that I often read in the lives of saints. This grace definitely shows in their ability to bring healing to so many couples in their ministry.

If anything was missing it was perhaps an absence of couples which they could not help, except for one person who opened his home to the Alexanders as a temporary shelter. But no details why some couples could not be helped. Although one could infer why, as by not following the program they suggested, it would have been helpful and also more realistic to explore why in their experience some couples could not be helped, but it would probably require extra chapters and to go on a bit of a tangent.

For this reason, I think that this book is not very helpful to those couples amidst a crisis.
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