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Dr. Jay E. Adams is Director of Advanced Studies and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, his B.D. from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, his S.T.M. from Temple University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. In addition to having served as a pastor and then a Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Dr. Adams has been the Dean of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Laverock, Pennsylvania, since its founding in the early 1970s. He has written over fifty books, translated the New Testament into English (The Christian Counselor’s New Testament), and lectured throughout the world. His books deal with many aspects of pastoral ministry and counseling as well as Bible study and practical Christian living

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"Counselors unanimously find that marriage and family problems outnumber all other counseling problems combined. For that reason alone, counselors should want to learn all they can about marriage counseling." —Jay Adams

This book will help counselors understand and deal with the typical problems that arise in a marriage. The approach is to offer not merely solutions, but biblical solutions. Chapter by chapter, each problem that is brought into focus is addressed by Scripture, and a solution arising from Scripture is developed.

Unless one understands what a biblical marriage is supposed to be, it is difficult to solve marriage problems. For that reason, Dr. Adams spends the first few chapters developing a biblical model. Then he treats many of the specific kinds of problems that typically arise: life patterns, priorities, children, sex roles, in-laws, and so forth.

This is a book that belongs on every pastor’s and every counselor’s shelf.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jay Adams Library
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Printing edition (June 7, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310510813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310510819
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay E. Adams (PhD, University of Missouri) is a former director of advanced studies and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, as well as a retired pastor. He has written over fifty books on pastoral ministry, preaching, counseling, Bible study, and Christian living. His books include Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor's Manual, and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Barrington Hibbert on July 21, 2001
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Solving Marriage Problems, by Jay Adams is a short easy to read book of only 122 pages. One should not be fooled by its brevity however. As far as a well annotated, academic treatise on marriage and family counseling goes, this book does not purport to be of that genre. What it is rather, is a very well thought out, practical handbook for the Christian counselor.
It follows judiciously it's a priori notion that God is in control of our lives, and therefore has the right to prescribe what is best for His children. It proscribes any solutions based solely on human ingenuity, but recommends instead a reliance on God's word. One gets the distinct impression while reading this book, that in the mind of the author, no marriage problem is too insurmountable for God, when these biblical principles are applied.
The assignments at the end of each chapter are an indispensable tool that counselors should avail themselves of. They force counselors to think very hard about the principles discussed in the previous pages. On balance, this is an excellent book that should be on the shelf of every serious Christian counselor.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Colvin Blaize on November 9, 2006
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This book is a representative authority of helpfulness in understanding what is necessary for couples to live happy lives. Dr Adams's source of authority is from the words of God, so that we are led by a power greater tht anything that we can ever imagine.I can easily recommend this for any person looking for help from an authoritative source.ColvinB
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Carlock on May 30, 2007
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The purpose of this book is to provide Biblical Solutions to Marriage Problems for Christian Counselors. If you are a Christian Counselor or in a troubled marriage, this book is great. In 122 pages Jay Adams precisely defines marriage as a covenant companionship and explains what this means to the marital relationship. This book also addresses many of the most common marital problems including communication, self-centeredness, money, blame shifting, in-laws, children, former spouses, work, peer pressure, and social mobility. In addition to a biblical analysis of marriage and of such problem issues, the book provides exercises to assist in resolving the problems your marriage or your counselee may be experiencing. An excellent book for its stated purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Parker Bragg on August 13, 2013
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If you need help to straighten out some of those pesky issues that drive you and your mate crazy, then this is the book for you. I took Nouthetic counseling in Dr. Adams class and he approaches issues with a language that's so easy to understand. I love the way he just simply presents his solutions. He isn't so much of a teacher, as he is a translator. He explains things in a way I could clearly understand. I didn't have to stop and think about his direction. This book was one of our textbooks. I still have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smileyxls on February 28, 2013
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Jay Adams can't do anything but write the greatest, most helpful books. His wisdom and communication skills have changed many lives including mine and those of the people my husband and I have counselled for many years. This book is just another example. Thank God for his using Jay E. Adams as an instrument to help others in need.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By idahocntryboy on March 6, 2013
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I bought this book because my wife and I have been separated for 3 1/2 years and not by my choice. I wanted to learn where I had failed in our marriage and if God's will for my wife to return to help me be a godly husband. I recommend this book highly!
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This is without a doubt the most insightful, Biblical, and convincing study of what God means in His Word when he talks about marriage, and divorce, and His design for it, and our obligations to Him in it. This is not just for the Biblical Student in Seminary, but for the husband, and wife that are struggling with their guilt and perhaps sin in their marriage. A must read for the serious seeker of truth about the topic. Not that this is the final word on the topic, but the reader will find in this book insightful truths about why the Word of God says what it does about marriage and divorce, and why it is so difficult to come to terms with the truth of Scripture concerning the topic.
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