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Preparing for Marriage: Discover God’s Plan for a Lifetime of Love Paperback – April 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gospel Light; New Rev Up edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830746404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830746408
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

It can be tempting, for couples who are engaged, to focus on planning their wedding day and ignore preparations for the lifetime commitment that begins after the cake is cut. Now, with this revised and updated edition of Preparing for Marriage from FamilyLife, couples can do both! Created by one of America’s leading marriage and family ministries, this dynamic program is designed to help Christian couples lay the foundation for a strong, lasting and biblical marriage.

 

From the Back Cover

You’re in love, and it’s the real thing. You have made a joyous decision together- a decision destined to change your lives forever: You’re getting married! Now, as you plan your wedding celebration, it is time to lay the foundation for a lifetime of love and romance. Today you can begin the important, lifelong task of building a strong Christian marriage.
Created by FamilyLife, one of America’s leading marriage and family ministries, Preparing for Marriage is a dynamic, comprehensive program designed to help you prepare for life together after the cake is cut and the guests head home. That is when the real adventure begins—the adventure of creating an intimate, lasting and biblical marriage!
Inside you’ll find eight sessions of fun, romantic study that will help you target areas for growth in your relationship. You can work through Preparing for Marriage as a couple, with a pastor or premarital counselor, or with a small group. Don’t just plan your wedding . . . prepare for your marriage!
 

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to all couples that I do premarital counseling with.
S. Sheppard
This is a hands-on tool that will help you to explore your relationship and find God's plan for marriage.
Philip Sylvester
It does take work to get through the book and finish the course, but it is very well worth it.
Lana Orr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stay-at-home mom in Mizzou on February 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Our pastor recommended this book be used for our pre-marital counseling. My husband and I each had our own book and would go throught the chapters seperately. This helped when we got together with our pastor every week, because our answers were honest. I felt this book helped us think about the expectations we each had for different aspects of marriage. Ex: who does the housework? how much do you spend a month on food? what type of debt do you bring into the marriage? how often do you expect to have sex? It also encouraged us to discuss issues from our pasts that we didn't believe to be relevant, but would have affected our marriage down the road. We really enjoyed this book, but as with any pre-marital counseling book the key is an AWESOME pastor.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stanley M Laskos on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
After finishing this book I was a little dissatisfied. We bought this book after a pre-marriage retreat and read it over the next several weeks.
Let me begin with what I liked. It was very spiritual and outlined how an ideal spiritual Christian marriage should look like. It gave a good starting point for a young, newly engaged Christian couple to begin from.
That was also one of the books downfalls. While it was spiritual, it gave very little insight into practical Earthly matters. It was not even till near the end of the book that even money was discussed. While the author did note that one of the biggest downfalls of marriages arises from disagreements about money, they gave little practical application. He spoke of being a good steward with God's gifts, but not really how to carry that out. The budget worksheet was only introduced with two sentences and four bullet points, hardly sufficient in my mind.
Both my fiancé and I have been on our own for a while and we both took note that it lacked for practical application. Some of the discussion points could get long and tedious and at times ambiguous. In our own conversations before this book I feel that we covered more ground on our own than with this book.
Would I recommend this book to others? I would say if you are young, have not lived on your own, and have not attended any other counseling, than yes this book will give you a good starting point. However if you are older than 25, attended other workshops or counseling, or have lived on your own, than I would pass this up and search out another study.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Philip Sylvester on July 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
My wife and I went through this book before we were married and found it to be so helpful. This is a hands-on tool that will help you to explore your relationship and find God's plan for marriage. It also fleshes out the topics that are ESSENTIAL in any premarital counseling. My wife and I have a stronger relationship as a result of this book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "ashleymurr" on July 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am familiar with Family Life. They are on a par with Dr. James Dobson's outfit, Focus On The Family. They are a part of the umbrella organization Campus Crusade For Christ. Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine have a daily radio show called Family Life Today. I've read this book and I have other books by Dennis Rainey and Barbara Rainey about marriage and teenagers.
A lot of this information is also in their conferences and Family Life really tries super hard to connect not only with your mind by providing you some insight into marriage troubles and how to overcome them...but Family Life goes beyond this and motivates and urges action. This book is a book to use as a workbook to put you through the action part of working out the ultimate question... "is this The Person."
I read this book AFTER i was married and was seeking answers to questions. This book has an accompanying Leaders Guide that is intended to be used by a mentor right alongside the real book used by the couple. I have the leaders guide and if the book is used with the leaders guide with an older wiser mature couple guiding the younger couple this book can be a wealth of valuable information. I recommend the book from a conservative southern baptist perspective and I know absolutely that even liberal christians will get a lot out of this book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JJ on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
My husband and I both read this book in 2011 as part of a pre-marital counseling program in a Christian Church. After discussions with my husband, other participants in the same pre-marital counseling program, and the mentors in the program, I am very surprised at the positive response of reviewers on Amazon. I would like to provide an alternative perspective.

I think the book is perhaps best suited for a young couple (i.e. 18/19 years old) that is enamored with unquestioned joy at the prospect of an early marriage. I think the book may also be beneficial for a couple in which one or both partners have recently accepted the christian faith and have not previously investigated biblical principles as they relate to faith and romantic relationships. It does provide questions on a variety of important topics as a framework for discussion.

For couples with some knowledge of marital principles of the Bible who are considering the potential joys and difficulties of marriage, this book raises such issues too simplistically. It seems the authors have imagined specific problems for each chapter that all couples will face along with specific responses to which they attempt to lead the reader. Large sections of questions are formatted to begin with either a mock interaction between hyper-stereotypical characters or a very specific bit of information (such as 1 or 2 biblical verses) followed by a series of questions directed along a specific path of answers. Overall, the format is rather constraining.

To provide a specific example, the first chapter (following several initial worksheets) begins with an introduction followed by a relationship/marriage story for 2 characters ~3 pages in length.
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