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Before We Say I Do: 7 Steps to a Healthy Marriage [Paperback]

By Marvin A. McMickle (Author) & III Calvin O. Butts (Foreword by)
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Getting married is one of the easiest things in the world to do. It requires a license, a ring, and two witnesses. But staying married for the rest of their lives is one of the greatest challenges that couples will ever undertake. Marvin McMickle has provided a seven-step resource for premarital counseling that couples can use with or without the involvement of a clergy member or counselor. Developed over a thirty-year career in pastoral ministry, this book is based upon the premise that a healthy marriage is the result of what happens before a couple says, "I do." By focusing on seven concepts--faith, friendship, frankness, forgiveness, fidelity, finance, and family--couples will discover the tools they need to build a strong and lasting marriage in the twenty-first century. This book is an invaluable resource for both couples and premarital counselors. Questions are provided at the end of each chapter for serious reflection.

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Getting married is one of the easiest things in the world to do. It requires a license, a ring, and two witnesses. But "staying married is one of life's greatest challenges. Developed over a thirty-year career in pastoral ministry, this book is based upon the premise that a healthy marriage is the result of what happens before a couple says, "I do." By focusing on seven concepts--faith, friendship, frankness, forgiveness, fidelity, finance, and family--couples will discover the tools they need to build a strong and lasting marriage. This resource is invaluable for couples, premarital counselors, and clergy. Includes chapter questions for serious reflection.

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Judson Press
Pages   113
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   JUDSON PRESS #575
ISBN  0817014438  
ISBN13  9780817014438  


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More About Marvin A. McMickle & III Calvin O. Butts


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marvin A. McMickle is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church (National Baptist Convension) in Cleveland, Ohio, and a past president of both the Cleveland NAACP and the Greater Cleveland Urban League. He is also professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland.Ohio.

Marvin A. McMickle currently resides in Cleveland, in the state of Ohio.

Marvin A. McMickle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Elements of Preaching
  2. Living Church
  3. Star Books


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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Relationships > Marriage
2Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Relationships > Marriage


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Books > Christian Living > Relationships > Marriage Preparation



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Reviews - What do customers think about Before We Say I Do?

Before We Say I Do: 7 Steps to a Healthy Marriage  Mar 23, 2007
This book was recommended by a marriage counselor,
I did not receive my copy, but did not know the process to notify the seller. I will reorder. The post office did not deliver because I moved.
 
Excellent Book  Jul 24, 2006
A must read for all couples planning to get married. There are topics in here that you should definately bring up to your "intended" BEFORE you say "I do".
 
This book is cliche at best  Jun 26, 2006
The seven topics for this book seem forced. Having taken two of McMickle's classes in seminary, I can say that the book is no better than half a dozen other pre-marriage books on the market.

Since McMickle is (perhaps) best known as a preacher and not as a counselor or academic, it's not surprising to see all the main "concepts" in the book start with the same letter. Here's the main outline: faith, friendship, frankness, forgiveness, fidelity, finance, and family. Seriously, can you really reduce marriage to a bunch of words all beginning with the same letter? Such a strategy may help parishioners remember main points from a sermon, but it's certainly not clear that one should take the same approach with counseling and/or writing.

It seems he spent more time thinking of words with the same letter (F) than actually developing a book which helps pre-married individuals plan for marriage.
 
It hit the spot  Aug 5, 2005
The book was very well organized and written. The author kept it real, to the point, and very interesting.

I am planning to get remarried and I don't want to make the same mistakes I made before. I have in my head a list of things to discuss with my bride to be, and the book helped me to put this list into some organization. I liked the seven categories. I think they perfectly capture everything I had on my list and more. It definitely hit the spot.

Thanks for a job well
 
Excellent Resource  Aug 20, 2004
I found this book to be an excellent resource for couples that I counsel. I would highly recommend it. Pastor M.B. Jackson
 

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