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The ABC's of Choosing a Good Husband: How to Find and Marry a Great Guy Paperback – June 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Family Life Center Intl (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965858243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965858243
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Single women will obviously benefit greatly from this book, as well as single men interested in solid Marriage preparation material." -- Inez Storck, New Oxford Review, August 2002

"This book should be required reading for every woman preparing to make the most important decision of her life." -- Johnnette S. Benkovic, author & television talk show host

"This book, which is written in a lively, readable style, is packed with useful advice." -- Mary Schneider, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, June 2002

About the Author

Steve Wood has led youth, campus, and pro-life ministries. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he served as an Evangelical pastor for a decade before starting the Family Life Center International in 1992. Steve is also the founder of St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers, a movement that seeks to transform society through the transformation of fathers and families. Utilizing his book Christian Fatherhood, audio and video tapes, television, radio and conferences, Steve has reached tens of thousands of men in the USA, Canada and overseas with a message of Christian faith and responsibility. He is the host of the live "Faith & Family" broadcasts on EWTN worldwide radio and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Steve is also professional Christian Life Coach and a Certified Family Life Educator.

Steve and Karen Wood have been married twenty-four years and are the parents of eight children.

Customer Reviews

It also seems to suffer from a problem rampant in the EWTN wing of American Catholicism.
Amazon Customer
I read it and found it MOST helpful in using some guidelines in discerning a future husband if it was part of God's plan.
J. Santos
Moms and Dads - you will be glad that you purchased this book early and save yourself and your kids a lot of heartache.
Luce

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jana A. Malmberg on April 2, 2005
This book is for those who have a good working relationship with their families and want a guidebook to the old fashioned ideas of courtship. I was a little skeptical of this book at first only because I've grown up in this modern ultra sexed society. When I had the chance to read it I found myself highlighting practically the whole book. If you've read books like "Anne of Green Gables" and wished that you too could engage in the gentle courtship Anne received in her Victorian society, this book will help guide you down that path. This is most definately not for everyone. Most people I know could never give up their way of dating and cohabitating together before marriage. We live in a selfish self centered world. For those who are fed up with these modern ways and long for the old, give this book a try. And remember, 75% of all married couples who cohabitated before they were married, get divorced. This is a terrible statistic. Fight the trends and go for the road less traveled.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Luce on March 27, 2003
If young men and women would read and heed this book we would probably have less divorce. I know that if I had read this book before I got married we would have had less "bumps" in the road during those first few years. This book helps you ask the pertinent questions to see where you may have the problems and correct them before you get married. I recommend it highly for anyone who is even thinking about the dating game. It's a great alternative. The younger the reader the better!Pre-teens would be my suggested audience. Moms and Dads - you will be glad that you purchased this book early and save yourself and your kids a lot of heartache.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rose Hill on January 6, 2005
Hi, This isn't just for teens! Yes, there maybe some references in the book that seem more like "teen" kind of things. However, even an adult looking for a true husband is able to glean something out of this book. I find that "courtship" is a better word for true "dating". Usually, it takes a few months to one year to get to really know someone even if you live long distance. If you really think that person is Mr. Right, then its time for the "courtship" stage where you get more serious and this is still before engagement. It's like a pre engagement stage. Once you are engaged--you shouldn't have to be thinking "what if I am wrong". You should KNOW once you follow the advise in this book. That way the engagement stage is REALLY the time to Prepare for Matrimony and not have to worry so much. So, give this book a try even if you are an older adult looking for the "perfect" husband. He's out there--just give it a try!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Wright on September 9, 2009
I thought this was a very good book, one that should be shared with your daughters in their teens and early 20's. Solid advise and good tips that can help avoid potential heartache! Wish I'd had this book a long time ago.
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2008
I'm not sure quite how to evaluate this book. Is it consistent with the Catholic Church's teaching? Yes, in that way that something that contains nothing that contradicts the faith. Is it the type of book that probably warms the heart of any parent who is, frankly, not eager to give up control of their children's lives? Yes, since it practically advocates that your father pick your suitor. The book contains a lot of good and understandable advice. Much of it runs counter to present-day culture (e.g., no kissing before marriage), but that doesn't inherently make it wrong.

Yet, there is something just off about this book. If I were to try and pin-point my objections it would be this. First, it's written as a rule book. It literally says in the introductiont that if you follow these rules A-Z, you will end up with a great guy. Umm.. no. That's not guaranteed. He has a cute story of why the A-Z by looking at some Proverbs, but there's a world of difference between the merit of divine Scripture and the merit one ought to give the words of a professional Catholic apologist. So my first objection is that he tends to over-universalize what are his own preferences. Where he does best is when he is citing evidence from studies for why co-habitation and pre-marital sex is destructive, etc. If the book weren't largely marketed or targeted to what one would assume is already a largely practicing Christian audience, I'd say maybe it has merit just on that. But his writing style tends to exaggerate his conclusions, trumping up his preferences (which may be prudent things to adopt) as if they are fundamental rules, even citing ridiculous fake statistics like, follow my advice and your chances of a good relationship will improve by 75%.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Santos on January 2, 2013
I found this book at a local Catholic book store. I read it and found it MOST helpful in using some guidelines in discerning a future husband if it was part of God's plan. I especially liked the advice in doing the FOCCUS test. This helped tremendously in talking out all the possible issues before engagement and marriage. Interestingly, I read this book and 2 months later met my husband who I consider my soul mate chosen by God for me. We have a very happy marriage. I recommend this book to all single women, including my own nieces.
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