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Preserve Them, O Lord: A Guide for Orthodox Couples in Developing Marital Unity [Paperback]

By John Mack (Author)
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A guide for Orthodox couples in developing marital unity: * premarital counseling for engaged couples; * marriage enrichment for those who are already married; * the development of an Orthodox understanding of marriage for those new to the Orthodox Faith. Preserve Them, O Lord is the resource you need. It gives you insightful guidance from an experienced pastoral counselor, supplemented by: * workbook exercises that help you understand yourself and your partner; * over 70 pages of supplemental readings on topics both spiritual and practical; * quotes from Scripture, the Fathers, and the wedding liturgy illuminating the patristic view of love, sex, and marriage. A practical guide for Orthodox marriages. Excellent for pre-marital counseling.

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Studio: Conciliar Press
Pages   214
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 1997
Publisher   Conciliar Press
ISBN  1888212012  
ISBN13  9781888212013  

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Highly Enriching  Sep 9, 2008
I and my fiancé were suggested to read this book as we were preparing for our marriage. It's an excellent resource for an Orthodox couple or any other Christian couple to uncover details about the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and marriage itself - from the values, priorities, expectations, similarities, differences, planning and spending time together, preparing for parenting, intimacy... It teaches that marriage is one of the seven Holy Mysteries or "Sacraments" of the Orthodox Church. It is actually an expression of God's love for humankind. In marriage, a man and a woman become one spirit and one body through Holy Spirit. It describes that the marriage ceremony of the Orthodox Church is steeped in ritual and symbolism.
I am very much recommending this book for every Christian married couple!
Awesome  Feb 23, 2007
I thought this book might be a chose to go through, but it's easy to read. I highly suggest it for couples before getting married because it will make you think about things that should be discussed before marriage but usually is not.
An Excellent Book In Preparation for Marriage  Oct 19, 2005
I would highly recommend this book to any Orthodox Christian preparing for marriage. The topics raised in each chapter are very important for every engaged couple to tackle. Moreover, any couple who is already married will benefit from reading this book too. There are plenty of questions after each chapter, and in the supplemental readings, which really challenge the engaged or married couple. Reading through this book with prayer and the guidance of a spiritual counselor will certainly prepare a couple for the challenges of married life.
Good Workbook  Jul 12, 2005
I used this book a few years ago when I was attending classes before getting married. This book (and the video series associated with it) is very good, and I would recommend it to just about anyone, whether you are married, thinking about marriage, or thinking about not marrying. It's main strength is that it focuses on making marriage realistic. Yes, there are sections that talk about all the lofty virtues and whatnot there are associated with marriage. And that is important. But it also lets you know how difficult it can be--that it is in it's own way a cross to carry. It is also full of practical tips, funny anecdotes, and all the other stuff that makes a good book about this type of subject into a great one.

I have only two criticisms (and they are minor ones!). First, it would have been nice had sex not been covered in such a small degree. I guess this was done so as to allow each person's pastor freedom to discuss (or not discuss) the issue as the couple wanted. Still, a section or two about general views from an Orthodox perspective would have been nice. And second, I would very respectfully disagree with Fr. John Mack's statement that divorce was "almost unknown among traditionally Orthodox people ... because of the unique Orthodox view of marriage". I think it is demonstrable that the reason divorce was almost unknown in Orthodox cultures was for the same reasons that it was almost unknown in Catholic and Protestant cultures in the Old World: for cultural and familial reasons mostly having to do with stigmas and negative financial considerations.
Beautiful sacrament and book!  Sep 19, 2003
This was an awesome book. I am Roman Catholic but have a deep love and admiration for the Eastern Church. Fr. Mack in "Preserve Them O 'Lord" speaks much about the eternal aspect of marriage, and how this eternal sacrament of grace can change the lives of those who participate in it. In the appendices at the back of the book, lessons on tithing, building a family altar, and a history of marriage in Eastern theology by Fr. John Meyendorff (memory eternal! +) are included.

Even though this book was designed as a course book for Orthodox couples preparing for marriage or married couples, it is a wonderful addition to the library of anyone who is interested in how marriage is understood in the Orthodox Church today, married or single.

One of the appendices speaks about the "Crowning" ceremony (which I think is absolutely beautiful), in the Orthodox Church.

This book also gives advice on family finances, sexuality, marital communication, working out troubles, and other things that are associated with marriage. The only disagreement I have with this book is that Fr. Mack didn't state that contraception is outright wrong, and not Orthodox. Although he did give hints that he didn't support it. I believe that Holy Orthodoxy ought to take a stronger stand against the use of artificial contraceptives. Beyond that point, great book!



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