- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Scepter Pubs (May 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933932871
- ISBN-13: 978-0933932876
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three to Get Married Paperback – May 1, 1996
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The book is organized and structured into chapters about the nature of love, sex, marriage, husband and father, woman and mother, and children and the family.
Archbishop Sheen's writing style is engaging, and although he present many doctrinal points in each chapter, he does so in a manner that is easy to follow and understand.
This is perhaps the most valuable resource I have as an engaged Catholic, and I will re-read this book after I am married.
The book delves deep (yes, this book IS deep! You could get something new from it every time you read it) into the mystery of love, explaining the fundamental importance of why love HAS to be triune, composed of the lover, the beloved, and LOVE (God Himself) to be successful. It is always comparing this with marriage and nuptial love, and examining this sacrament more thoroughly. Its focus is on the theology of love, so be sure and supplement it with other books dealing more with the practical issues of Christian marriage and sexuality, such as Christopher West's new book, "Good News About Sex and Marriage".
This is a must read! Keep a pencil handy for underlining quotes!
For me, one passage sums up Sheen's entire argument, which is, of course, also the argument of the Catholic Church: "A man is easy to describe if he has only the material components of a match stick, but it requires more wisdom to define him if he has human freedom and infinite aspirations. If love is mere animal-mating, then any physiologist is its master; if it be a spark from the Divine flame, then one must pray in order to understand its mystery."
I pray that Archbishop Sheen will one day be canonized, so powerful was his influence on America in the 20th century; through reprints of books like this, his influence will continue to grow.
While on the surface this book is about Christian marriage, it ought to be required reading for all Christians. As Sheen explains, there is no love without God, for God is love; just as one cannot explain Christian marriage without true love, one cannot explain true love without explaining the Triune God.
In short, this book is an excellent summary of Catholic teaching not only on marriage, but on everything essential to the faith.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a powerful book directed to the specific topic in the title.Published 27 days ago by John Sloan
A great antidote to the Christopher West-type books out there on Catholicism and marriage.Published 2 months ago by Whittaker Chambers
This is a wonderful book from one of the greatest writers and speakers in the American Catholic Church of the modern era. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacob Machado
If you're married, or thinking of getting married, this invaluable, insightful, and wisdom-filled book is a joy to read!Published 5 months ago by CAG
I find that this book prepares anyone to a greater understanding of Marriage as a Sacrament, and the proper way to approach Love considering that it is God who brings the couple... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carmen Montanez