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  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (December 31, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913836869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913836866
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best book ever written on the joy of The Lord for husband and wife in marriage.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Moses Alexander on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really mean what I said in the title, this should be manditory by law to read for anyone even considering marriage. If people seriously weighed Chrysostom's words on marriage, divorce would probably be cut by half.
St. John, as always, lays forth an eloquent (yet simple & easy to understand) convincing argument for his views on marriage. He doesn't advocate marrying for money or looks or social position (something I'm sure is way more common than most people would want to admit) he advocates marrying for virtue. St. John argues that virtuous and poor is a million times better than excess gaeity & wealth.
He lays out criteria for selecting a wife, as well as traits that husbands and wifes should display. Not only does he discuss the institution of marriage, but he also talks about wedding celebrations themselves. Other topics such as sex are discussed as well (he doesn't hold negative view of it.)
He greatly stresses EQUALITY OF RESPONSIBILITY of both partners to make a marriage work. Children are also discussed in great detail. St. John Chrysostom is not only a great writer, but a holy man whose words we should try to incorporate into our lifestyles.
Highly recommended book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward W. Cole on July 14, 2006
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St. John Chrysostom's homilies on marriage and family life are refreshingly free of political correctness. He teaches that women have the duty to obey their husbands, and that both men and women should be chaste before and after marriage. And yet, this book seems to be aimed more at men then at women; they are taught to love their wives as Christ loved His bride, the Church, which was not obedient or beautiful or good until He offered His life to make it clean.

The teaching in the book is timeless, but sometimes seems particularly relevant to our age. For instance, "Let them shun the immodest music and dancing that are currently so fashionable....Remove from your lives shameful, immodest, and Satanic music, and don't associate with people who enjoy such profligate entertainment.... Will this sort of life be distasteful for a young bride? Only perhaps for the shortest time, and soon she will discover how delightful it is to live this way. She will retain her modesty if you retain yours." (page 60) This seems more relevant to our day than to his until you remember that he was murdered for denouncing the empress for promoting these entertainments.

If you want to be a good, Christian husband, this book will speed you on your way. I would especially recommend it to men who are engaged, so that they can enter into the married state with the right intentions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John M. Balouziyeh on December 5, 2009
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A. Overview
This treasure of wisdom brings together the homilies of John Chrysostom, a great apologist for Christian marriage. As explained in the book's introduction, the teaching of the Orthodox Church, which in the First Council of Nicaea (325) upheld the ordination of married men, is that "the marriage bed is undefiled" (p. 8). Chrysostom's defends this view while presenting marriage as "both a great mystery in itself" as well as the representation of "a greater mystery, the unity of redeemed mankind in Christ" (p. 10). The homilies published in this volume deal above all with love, that "force that welds society together" (Homily 20, p. 44). Chrysostom counsels couples on the need to live simply rather than in excess and luxury; to hold a wedding celebration that before all things invites Christ to be present; to raise children around the Scriptures and daily readings of the Bible; and for single men and women to seek first virtuous character and the love of Christ rather than wealth or status when choosing a partner for life.

1. On Choosing a Wife
Chrysostom, in his sermon "How to Choose a Wife," writes that we should "seek just one thing in a wife, virtue of soul and nobility of character, so that we may enjoy tranquility, so that we may luxuriate in harmony and lasting love" ("How to Choose a Wife," p. 97-8). Based on this, we should not "investigate our bride's money, but the gentleness of her character and her piety and chastity. A wife who is chaste, gentle, and moderate, even if she is poor, can make poverty better than wealth.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mel on February 8, 2005
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The Advice given it this short work is great. Please, though, don't think that this is an entire work that Saint John wrote on marriage and family life, rather, it is just a compilation of modern times of a few seperate sermons which Saint John gave on days in which the Scriptural readings were dealing with marriage. Many would consider it chauvanistic, but others, like myself, know it's not so much chauvanistic as realistic. A must read and a must take-to-heart.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2001
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This book gets 4 stars only because I reserve 5 stars for something really extraordinary. Chrysostom is a top-shelf preacher, and even though I may not agree with all of his dogma, his gifts cannot be denied. Let it be said from the outset that any preacher can benefit from reading his work, if only stylistically. Chrysostom has a gift for making his point in a stunning yet simple fashion. He deftly slices through to the heart of issues and sets his arguments in "real world" terms.
These sermons have to deal with, as the title says, marriage and family life. A real knockout is Chrysostom's sermon on how to choose a wife. Although it is set in 4th-century proto-Byzantine culture, the basic principles still stand. If only more preachers would offer such frank counsel on this issue from the pulpit today....
This text is inexpensive, so I would recommend giving a copy to someone who is at the stage in life where they are forming their ideas of marital/romantic relationships. Chrysostom's voice provides a good -- and well-articulated -- counterpoint to the dreck that passes for relational counseling these days. If nothing else, this volume may make them think critically about the cultural assumptions of our modern society, so they do not merely get swept along in the current of trendy mores.
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