Item description for Handbook For Engaged Couples (Revised) by Alice Fryling & Robert A. Fryling...
Overview Do You KNOW the One You'll Marry?
Of course, if you're engaged, you know the person? But how well do you really know the person? Do you know his or her long-range ambitions? immediate vacation preferences? philosophy of child-rearing? Do you know if he or she wants children at all? If you disagree, how will you resolve your differences? If yours is a remarriage, how will you make a fresh start?
This workbook is for engaged couples who want to prepare seriously for a serious stage of life. Through questions with space for answers, Alice and Robert Fryling encourage open, honest communication in the light of Scripture. In fact, if both you and your fiancé(e) have copies of this workbook, each of you can write your answers independently. Then you can compare your responses and talk over differences.
The workbook goes with you into your marriage. The last three chapters will help you during your first months together. You can use them to protect your marriage from unhealthy patterns--and to stay on track with those good intentions from your engagement days!
Publishers Description You're engaged And now you are knee-deep in planning the details of the wedding. But are you also getting ready for what comes after the wedding? Alice and Robert Fryling bring over twenty-five years of marriage experience to this workbook designed to guide you through open and honest communication about the things that will really matter in your marriage: money time communication sex family work faith This isn't just a book you read--it's a book you experience together. Its interactive style allows you and your future spouse to explore its biblically-based counsel and challenging questions together or with a pastor. And with three chapters tailored specifically to your first few months together, you can even use A Handbook for Engaged Couples after the wedding. Set aside time now to develop a marriage that starts well and grows to lasting maturity.
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Studio: IVP Connect
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 1996
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830819789 ISBN13 9780830819782
Availability 0 units.
More About Alice Fryling & Robert A. Fryling
Alice Fryling is a spiritual director, conference speaker, and the author of numerous books, including The Art of Spiritual Listening. She frequently speaks to student groups and women's conferences, gives seminars on relationship topics, and counsels engaged and married couples with her husband, Bob.
Reviews - What do customers think about Handbook For Engaged Couples (Revised)?
It's the Jam! Mar 8, 2007
I really liked this book. Our pastor got us to purchase it as a part of our premarital counseling. It has a short ammount of information that gets straight to the point in each chapter (2 or 3 pages), and then it has at least a page, if not two, of great discussion questions. The questions are deep and thought provoking. They challenge the couple to really deal with the issues at hand. The information is short, but impactful. The book also has a great, natural flow. I love it!
Best thing we did for our relationship. Apr 20, 2004
This book is really amazing. Going through it page by page was the best thing we have ever done for our relationship.
A Good Premarital Counseling Tool Aug 2, 2000
I have used this book for premarital counseling for several years. I can give one to each person and use it as a "get started" tool to help in counseling. It provides a very good scriptural groundwork for our sessions. It also covers some hard-to-counsel areas very well.
I'm not engaged but... Sep 10, 1999
I'm not engaged, or even close to being engaged. Nonetheless, I found the Frylings' handbook refreshing and honest about communications and expectations among couples. I bought it on a whim, having heard that the Frylings do not sugarcoat reality in their presentation. My own relationship was floundering and I needed direction. I wish I had bought it several months earlier!
While written from a evangelical Christian perspective, it has that special universality of truth for every couple looking to understand and to communicate with their mate or future spouse.
I can see it being read alone for personal growth, with your fiance, or even the two of you with a counselor or older, wiser friend. Better yet, try going through this (be ready to be challenged!) with a married couple who seems to "have it together."
Catholics will love it as an addition to their time spent in pre-marital counseling. You're best to buy two copies, with each person reading a portion (set up in topical chapters with discussion questions).
Though I'm one who has never been married, I believe it would be great for a couple married several years as well, helping re-ground your marriage. Don't think of this as just a tool to get your spouse to open up, but as a mutual opportunity to renew the love which drew you to marriage in the first place.
This book is no panacea, but it can assist a new beginning, or a careful grounding for a future marriage.
For you single guys (and gals) get a copy of "A Handbook for Engaged Couples" and read it. It'll help you (and me) relate to anyone you might consider saying "I do" with on an altar someday.
(post-script: I have since been engaged, and can further attest to this book's usefulness, having been happily married now since 2004).