Item description for Getting Ready For Marriage Workbook by Jerry Hardin & Dianne C. Sloan...
Overview Getting Ready for Marriage, by Jerry D. Hardin and Dianne C. Sloan is a comprehensive workbook designed to help couples prepare for marriage. Through interactive exercises, couples discover the roots of their beliefs and values, recognize potential problem areas, and develop skills for working through difficulties. Couples are then encouraged to make their own covenants in specific areas such as financial matters, conflict resolution, religious orientation, and family planning and childrearing -- essential for building a strong marriage partnership. This marriage preparation workbook is also a helpful resource tool for pastors as well as pre-marital and marital counselors.
Publishers Description The saying goes "When you marry, you don't just marry an individual, you marry a whole family." But more specifically, you are marrying the influences that family has had on your spouse. Our families have shaped our views on everything from religion to finances to sex, and, whether helpful or harmful, these views are brought to our marriage and can unknowingly affect it. Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook helps engaged couples and newlyweds: learn what "ghosts' they bring to marriageexamine their family backgroundsdetermine guidelines for their own marriageThrough interactive exercises, couples discover the roots of their beliefs, sight potential problem ares, and learn how to successfully through problems. Couples are then encouraged to make their own covenants in specific areas such as financial matters, resolving conflict, religious orientation, . and family planning & children-essential in building a strong marriage partnership.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0840733208 ISBN13 9780840733207
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Reviews - What do customers think about Getting Ready For Marriage Workbook?
this book is not for everyone Nov 30, 1999
This book asks some good questions. There are important points that each couple should be talking about, however, the scoring for the test is very confusing. Also, my boyfriends parents are both deceased. Many of the questions are about your parents and family. The questions do not take into account the different circumstances in many people's lives. The questions are geared toward a young couple in an ideal situation. What about adoption or foster care families? We ended up being very frustrated after doing 2 chapters of the book. We decided to read the questions to each other and not score it. This way we use it to get to know each other.
Use to spur important conversations Nov 30, 1999
This book is a nice start for Christian couples (not recommended for people looking for a general, nonreligious/spiritual view) in that it raises important issues and encourages you to keep the discussion open afterward. The book is organized into topics such as Finance, Family Planning etc...and your future spouse answers the questions separately from you, guessing how you might answer, as well as answering for him/herself. Then the book asks you to grade how many questions you answered wrong/right, and sign a covenent on each subject based on things discussed. As thorough as this might be, there are some issues to keep in mind while reading this: 1) The language assumes certain roles and biases, which you may or may not agree with whether or not you are a Christian. E.g. "My father usually left a good tip for the waitress/waiter in restaurants," or irrelevant questions such as questions assuming your parents are still together or their relationship was consistent throughout their marriage. Some of the questions don't seem to have been updated for several decades. 2) You have to answer true or false, though many of the statements are not that easily answered. My fiancee and I ended up disregarding the scoring process, and discussing statements we thought were partly true or partly false rather than simplifying things to a T or F. The point is not to get a certain score after all, the point is to grow and learn about each other. 3) The chapter on finances is somewhat unspecific, so my fiancee and I are going to read a guide to finance next. There are other topics that are broad as well, but this book is designed that way. It's up to you to follow through to the next steps. If you think finishing this book prepares you for marriage, you possibly are walking into marriage short-sighted. It is a good vehicle, however, for starting the conversation that you and your future spouse will continue to have for the rest of your lives. Good luck!
Great Book Nov 30, 1999
This is a wonderful tool to help you really get to know the perosn you are about to marry. It is full of practical disscussion questions that help you get to know your mate's views on virtually everyhting from who does the finances to background information baout each of your families. Great book I highly reccommend it to anyone considering marriage.
Fantastic Nov 30, 1999
This is a fantastic book that I use in my counseling practice. It is amazing the number of couples who do not really know each other before they get married, although they think they really do.
I also use Michael Webb's 1000 Questions for Couples as it is more thorough in the questions it actually covers.
Best Book Out There Nov 30, 1999
This is one book that REQUIRES both to read and do the work, not just one and then that one tells the other what they read. This book makes sure your "expectations" meet your fiance's expectations. It creates conversations about what you expect in your marriage starting from what you experienced growing up, what you experience now, and what you plan to experience in your marriage. Questions you never thought to ask, but will come up in everyday life.
We use it now with pre-marital couples whom we counsel. It never ceases to open the eyes of the couples and it will draw them together more often than it divides them because they learn to communicate their expectations and draws their hearts together.
I remember one of the questions dealt with children and if you would consider adoption if you experience infertility. My husband and I both said yes. Well, we've now been married 12 years and have two beautiful children through adoption.