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Marriage Under Fire: Why We Must Win This Battle Hardcover – April 1, 2007

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James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs, heard by more than 200 million people every day. He is seen on 80 television stations daily in the U.S. A licensed psychologist and licensed marriage, family, and child counselor, he is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and is the father of two grown children, Danae and Ryan. He resides in Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Why We Must Win This Battle edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414317565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414317564
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,959,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bobby Killmon on August 29, 2012
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This is meant to be a short and concise introduction to the issue which also includes documentation and research for further study. Most Americans support traditional marriage which is evidenced by the continual support given it when this issue is put on the ballot for the people to vote on. Most negative reviews are about their disagreement not showing flaws in the research. The eveidence is overwhelming. Get engaged is the point. The larger voice in the democracy should not allow a very vocal minority to force us to support what we do not believe. Why? This is America. Bring your ideas to the arena of public opinion and stand them up with hard facts and data. If it's compelling we will agree. If not, all ideas are not equal. Some things do not work as the facts show in this work. If we really love America, society, and people we will point out that some behaviors wreck lives and society and other ideas bring blessing and peace.
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Excellent read
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This book is a good warning for how things are going to go if we don't step in and try to put marriage and family back together as it should be. Kids are not as resilient as people might think. As a teacher, I've seen the effects of traditional marriage disintegrating firsthand. Kids need stability in a two parent (one of each gender) home. I know that is not a popular view anymore, but the kids that seem to do best in school are the ones that come from a two parent, mom and dad home. The ones least successful have either a single parent, divorced parents (where they are shuttled back and forth), or a rotating turnstile of stepparents, boyfriends, and girlfriends coming in and out of their lives. These kids are insecure and in general, have more behavior or academic problems (or both) than their peers from more intact families. They are our next generation. America needs to wake up and start promoting traditional marriage again for the sake of our future.
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Dr. Dobson has very clearly and eloquently expressed all my deepest fears: gays are a threat to my marriage. Some day, my wife will figure out that she can get much better loving from another woman than she ever gets from me. If only our legislators had stopped her from marrying another woman, my shoddy excuse for a marriage would be safe from all harm!
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The recent California Supreme Court decision overturning a CA state law approved by 61% of CA voters (prop 22 - defined marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman) demonstrates the timeliness of Dr. Dobson's reitterations of basic moral principles and the need to defend them from people who want any and every behavior to be applauded by society.

Another review states that all this information can be found elsewhere on the Web. I doubt many people would bother to search it out on the web. Here's a book that puts it all in one place to be read and pondered; a book that I can give to relatives and friends to encourage critical thinking and discussion on this important issue.
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It is a must read for everyone, to better understand what is at stake with Prop #8.We must protect Marriage or our country is doomed to sink lower and lower.
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This book is not likely to change any minds. Those already opposed to same-sex marriage here will find only one-sided fuel for their opinions: those in favour (already not likely to read the book) will undoubtedly find the arguments frankly unconvincing. It's completely one-sided; some of his assertions are even patently untrue (that same-sex marriage leads "inexorably" to polygamy (p. 48) is only one example). Read Dobson's list of eleven concerns he has over same-sex marriage:

[If same-sex marriage is legalized]

1 - ...it will quickly destroy the traditional family

2 - children will suffer most

3 - public schools in every state will embrace homosexuality

4 - adoption laws will be instantly obsolete

5 - foster-care programs will be impacted dramatically

6 - the health-care system will stagger and perhaps collapse

7 - Social Security will be severely stressed

8 - Religious freedoms will almost certainly be jeopardized

9 - other nations... will follow our lead

10 - the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be severely curtailed, and

11 - the culture war will be over, and the world may soon become "as it was in the Days of Noah" (Matt 24:37) (pp. 47-64)

Dobson failed to convince me on every single one of these points. His assertions are alarmist and his book merely an attempt to fear-monger Christians into political action. It was obviously produced too quickly to be well-edited (for example, is the subtitle "Why We Must Win This Battle" as on the cover or "Why We Must Win This War" as on the title page?). It's also just a compilation of what Dobson has already said, in other publications and elsewhere.
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I am in full agreement with the thesis of this book. Dr. Dobson's arguments that there is a certain segment of the American population hostile to the values taught in the Bible are accurate. This is preaching to the choir type book. Only individuals who have distaste for today's American culture will find themselves in agreement with arguments in this book. This book is a presentation moral attitudes of the persons occupying the United States are heading for the toilet. More important it is an argument that certain political forces are contributing to this countries moral decade. Forces in this country are colluding together to force social standards antichristian in nature down people's throats. Those who dissent to the ideas and values of James Dobson argue it is the Evangelical Christians doing this. This book is a call for political involvement and to be expressive to what offends in the public schools and government institutions.

I find Erin V. Lutzer book titled The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage a more rounded presentation of Christian opposition to same -Sex marriage, the Christian social life and loving the sinner not the sin.
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