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About Chet Collins
CHET COLLINS is the author of three books, including "The Transition" and "Grant Us Peace." His most recent release is "Humble Service: Leading Your Family as a Stay-at-Home Dad." Since 2013, he’s written extensively on his experiences as a husband, father, and a stay-at-home dad. Chet is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he met his wife, Alison. You can learn more about Chet by visiting his website, ChetCollins.com.
Deciding whether or not to propose to Alison was one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve ever made.
As it should be. Committing to spend the rest of your life in love and service is a momentous moment for any person, let alone a young person.
The process that the proposal set in motion was confusing to me. Brides-to-be have endless magazines, articles, planners, websites, and personal experience to fall back on. More likely than not, your beloved has been planning her wedding since she was a little girl. You just started a few minutes ago and, besides this book, you’re mostly on your own.
Entering into marriage is the most significant transition that will take place in your life. You will enter into a relationship that will require your full attention, commitment, and involvement. While you won’t be married until the exchange of vows, you and your fiancée start building your marital relationship at the engagement.
The Transition is the book that will help you through this process. I share my experience, tips, and ideas for you as I take you through each stage of the wedding planning process. I’ll show you what to be prepared for, how to be supportive, and what things you and your future spouse need to be talking about. I also preview all of the changes that will take place in your first six months of marriage, and perhaps help you avoid a major fight or two.
Too many couples fall apart because they spent more time planning their wedding than planning their marriage. You have one chance to build your marriage right from the start. Let me help you win Fiancé of the Year and build the foundation for a phenomenal marriage.
Here's how The Transition can help you:
Discuss the hard subjects
There are five key areas that present the biggest challenges to any marriage. If you and your beloved can work through them, your marriage has a high likelihood of success. I'll show you how to have the tough conversations.
Support your fiancée
Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful experiences that any woman can go through. I'll explain the planning process so that you can better support her.
Put you in the driver’s seat
You and your fiancée get to decide what kind of marriage you want to have. If you want to have a quality, fruitful, happy marriage, you need to start right now.
All of these years later, my life today is totally different. My family has grown to three children, all under six years old. My days are booked solid, from the moment I wake up at 5:00am, until I go to bed at 9:00pm. There’s play, work, appointments, and adventures. In those twelve hours that at least two of my children are awake, I’m constantly in motion. Despite the demands on my schedule, I still need to schedule time to take care of myself.
For most of my time as a stay-at-home dad, I was lost. With little direction and no experience, I made many mistakes as I learned. Being a stay-at-home dad requires so much more than I could’ve ever imagined. "Humble Service" is my best advice for dads. I’ve pulled together many of the lessons I’ve learned to shape a philosophical understanding of my role in our family. This book has the vision for stay-at-home dads, along with all of the practical knowledge that you need to be successful. This is a guidebook to help you be the stay-at-home dad that your family deserves.
When life gets busy, and on days when I’m falling behind on my to-do list, there are two types of activities that I’m likely to cut: exercise and prayer. Why is it that my first reaction is to cancel those activities that have the biggest impact on my life? If I neglect my physical or spiritual fitness long enough, I’m going to pay a price.
The hardest thing about prayer is knowing where to start. There’s no wrong way to pray, and thousands of right ways. Devotions to saints, memorized prayer, open conversation, reading the Bible, the list goes on and on. It’s easy to get blocked just trying to make a decision about where to start.
Grant Us Peace is that easy first step.
I’ve done all of the work and planning for you. Simply pick up the book and pray. Five minutes a day for 21 days is all that it takes. After three solid weeks of daily prayer, you’ll be on track, in the groove, and ready to continue building a rich spiritual life.
Here's how Grant Us Peace can help you:
Form a habit of prayer
21 days of reflections and practical action steps. You'll start feeling progress right from the start.
A solid blueprint
Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. I've done the hard work for you and laid out an easy to follow plan.
The perfect jumping off point
This is only the beginning. Once you've established your habit of prayer, you'll be ready to explore all of the treasures of the Church.