This study guide helps engaged couples understand key Bible passages, evaluate the basis of marriage, cultivate spiritual intimacy, discover and eliminate potential problems, and learn biblical principles for coping with stress. For counselors and engaged couples.
In previous books respected New York pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller has looked at such diverse and topical subjects as the existence of God, our need to do justice, the meaning of Jesus' life, and the human temptation to make idols - all through the twin lenses of a biblical framework and an engagement with contemporary culture. In this new book, co-authored with his wife, Kathy, he turns his attention to that most complex of matters: our need for love, and its expression in marriage. Beginning with the biblical narrative, and its pictures of marriage that span the original ideal to the broken to the redemptive, he looks at themes of friendship and commitment; the completion of men and women in each other; singleness, sex and divorce; and ministry and discipleship within the context of marriage. This is a profound and engaging work that will challenge and inspire people in all stages of life - single, newlywed and married.
An encyclopedia of marriage rites, traditions, and beliefs from around the world, ranging from ancient practices to contemporary ceremonies. * 200 A–Z entries on wedding practices and beliefs from cultures around the world * Dozens of photographs of weddings and wedding artifacts * Numerous illustrations, including the table plan from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management * A thorough introduction that explores marriage both as a rite and as a ceremony
Around 300 A.D. European patterns of marriage and kinship were turned on their head. What had previously been the norm - marriage to close kin - became the new taboo. The same applied to adoption, the obligation of a man to marry his brother's widow and a number of other central practices. With these changes Christian Europe broke radically from its own past and established practices which diverged markedly from those of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. In this highly original and far-reaching work Jack Goody argues that from the fourth century there developed in the northern Mediterranean a distinctive but not undifferentiated kinship system, whose growth can be attributed to the rol...
Author Philip Reynolds examines how marriage acquired a specifically Christian identity in the Latin West during the first millennium after Christ. Beginning with Jesus, everything the Christians did, including getting married, began a process of differentiation. Reynolds offers three themes for theological reflection and interpretation: Jesus teaching, Paul s Letter to the Ephesians, and Paul s justification of marriage as a solution to the problem of sexual desire. Reynolds insights into the Christianization of marriage make this a valuable book at both the scholarly and the practical level.
This valuable two-in-one collection of Gary Chapman's best-selling Toward a Growing Marriage and Jerry B. Jenkin's Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It enables you to take a fresh look at your marriage. Learn how to communicate, how to rekindle love, and how to avoid financial bondage. It will strengthen your marriage before it ever gets into trouble. This is a book about loving your marriage enough to protect it.