Item description for Couples in Love: Straight Talk on Dating, Respect, Commitment, Marriage, and Sexuality by John R. Waiss...
Overview This resource for young couples, parents, and teachers features dialogues between a young couple and a Catholic priest and addresses a wide range of topics including dating, building a relationship, deciding on a vocation, and the issues associated with traditional sexual ethics.
Publishers Description A resource for young couples, parents, and teachers feature dialogues between a young couple and a Catholic priest and addresses a wide range of topics including dating, building a relationship, deciding on a vocation, and the issues associated with traditional sexual ethics. Original.
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Studio: Crossroad General Interest
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Crossroad General Interest
ISBN 0824521307 ISBN13 9780824521301
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More About John R. Waiss
Father John Waiss is a Roman Catholic priest ordained in 1987. A member of Opus Dei since 1977, he has served as chaplain at Opus Dei centers near Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. He presently serves at Tilden Study Center near UCLA. Father Waiss has an M.S. in mechanical engineering and completed seminary studies in theology and doctoral studies in philosophy.
Reviews - What do customers think about Couples in Love: Straight Talk on Dating, Respect, Commitment, Marriage, and Sexuality?
Couples in Love Feb 18, 2008
This is an excellent book to enrish your marriage and/or to help couples who are considering ymarriage to have a deep understanding of marriage. Emma Haggarty
Solid, Clear and Engaging Nov 18, 2004
Fr. John Waiss' "Couples in Love" is a solid, clear presentation of Catholic teaching on sexuality and related topics. Fr. Waiss grounds his presentation in John Paul II's personalist philosophy, focusing on the intrinsic meaning of sexuality as created by God, which is much more helpful than enumerating lists of "dos and don'ts".
The dialogue format gives the book an engaging, easy-going feel, and yet Waiss is completely faithful to what the church has taught "always, everywhere, and by all". Waiss' great strength is to present Church teaching positively. He calls on the reader's love of God, and emphasizes the abundant life to be had by living in correspondence to God's design for human sexuality. As I read the book, I was inspired.
The dialogues are composites drawn from Fr. Waiss' pastoral experience, so they have an "authentic" feel to them, although at times "Margie" and "Sam" seem to accept "Fr. JP's" input a bit easier than I would expect in "real life" (I am sure this is mainly due to space considerations, and the fact that in "real life", there would be a lot more repetition and restatement than would be tolerable in a book).
While the main focus of the book is in the first three-quarters, focusing on sexuality, marriage, and dating, the final section on vocation (and the discernment thereof) presents valuable insights that don't get much "airplay" these days. Thanks to Fr. Waiss for including them.
This is a solid book, and I highly recommend it for teens or twenty-somethings dating and/or thinking of marriage, their parents and youth ministers, and to anyone who wants to clearly and faithfully understand what the Church teaches us about our sexuality.
Enhance Your Relationship and Your Faith Oct 26, 2004
With his newest book Couples in Love: Straight Talk on Dating, Respect, Commitment, Marriage and Sexuality (Crossroad Publishing Company, November 2003, paperback, 224 pages), author John R. Waiss has provided a valuable primer for committed couples looking to live in conjunction with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church with respect to the theology of the body. Written in dialogue format, the book covers the many delicate, yet crucial issues that confront young couples in relationships.
Based on his many years of counseling couples, Fr. Waiss introduces Margie (recently returned to practicing her Catholic faith) and Sam (raised Jewish and perplexed by his girlfriend's refusal to be sexually intimate with him prior to marriage). Sam is committed to his relationship with Margie and suggests a visit and conversation with her parish priest, the popular and highly regarded Father JP, who is involved with preparing young couples for marriage. Sam and Margie open their hearts to Father JP, asking many hard questions on topics ranging from the meaning of love and marriage, to contraception, to learning to communicate and much more.
Couples in Love provides a comprehensive, yet approachable and enjoyable overview of the Church's teachings. Written from the perspective that human sexuality is "an affirmation of love", the book presents its subject manner in a kind, loving and non-judgmental fashion. The book's Foreword, written by Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, underscores the importance of Couples in Love as a helpful tool for not only learning Church teaching, but also for exploring the reasons behind those teachings.
Waiss Rocks Aug 11, 2004
Waiss makes controversial statements -- statements that will make you say, "How could he believe that?" And then he goes on to show why, and by the end, you say, "Why didn't I believe that before?"
Also, it's well formatted, so you can read what you want to read and skip what you don't. But there's not much you'll want to skip. And he answers most questions that people ask.
Great book for Teens and their parents Jul 29, 2004
This book smoothly facilitates discussions between parents and their teens on healthy relationships and the role of sex in dating and how both affect marriage. Easy read, written in colloquial style-explores and answers issues from the secular males' perspective. Note to Catholics; good intro on the basics of Theology of the Body.