Item description for Becoming Married (FLPP) (Family Living in Pastoral Perspective) by Herbert Anderson & Robert Cotton Fite...
Overview This book examines the issues surrounding the process of forming the marriage bond, and is "a delightful mix of sophisticated theology, solid family systems theory, and clear practical guidelines for pastors, all illustrated by numerous wonderful stories" (Charles W. Taylor, professor, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California).
This informative book examines the issues surrounding the process of forming the marriage bond such as courtship, the early years of marriage, and specifically, the events that must happen for successful bonding to take place. This book is designed for couples planning to marry, for parents who are struggling to stay close to their children while staying out of the wedding plans, and for clergy who work with couples preparing for marriage.
The Family Living in Pastoral Perspective series examines crucial times in family life in light of the family as a social unit. Each book addresses major changes that ordinarily occur in the life cycle of a family. Each volume takes into account family system theory and social and economic factors that affect the family.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1993
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Family Living In Pastoral Perspe
ISBN 0664251269 ISBN13 9780664251260
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More About Herbert Anderson & Robert Cotton Fite
HERBERT ANDERSON is visiting professor of pastoral theology at Seattle University. He lectures and consults widely on themes and issues in pastoral care. He is the author of numerous books including All Our Losses, All Our Griefs. EDWARD FOLEY is professor of liturgy and music at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is an ordained Roman Catholic priest and the author of numerous books and articles on worship and the arts.
Herbert Anderson was born in 1936 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Seattle School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle, Washington.
Herbert Anderson has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Becoming Married (FLPP) (Family Living in Pastoral Perspective)?
Thorough and Thoughtful Aug 6, 2007
I am a pastor and I first came into contact with this book when planning my own wedding. I found the book invaluable in negotiating the sometimes-confusing territory involved in getting married. Since then I have used it as a resource in helping other couples plan meaningful weddings and prepare for marriage. It is the best book of its kind I have found.
Great for pre-marriage work with couples! Jan 24, 2007
This is the most helpful book on marriage I've ever read. Using Biblical and theological insights along with basic principles of family systems thinking, Anderson and Fite not only changed my understanding of my own marriage but they also helped me to be more effective in my work as a parish pastor. The section on pre-wedding meetings and the chapter on "Planning a meaningful wedding" provided a new way to do pre-marriage work with couples that was a vast improvement over past frustrations. I highly recommend it for clergy and anyone else who is interested in understanding the ongoing process of "becoming married."
Buy the Whole Series Jun 4, 2003
I own Anderson's entire Family Living in Pastoral Perspective series (Leaving Home, Becoming Married, Regarding Children, Promising Again, and Living Alone), and I refer to them frequently.
Each book focuses on a different transitional event and the family tasks that event brings into focus. Anderson and his co-authors deal sensitively with the pastoral issues involved.
Becoming Married explores the process of becoming married as more than just a wedding ceremony. Chapter one discusses how relationships must begin to be reordered before the wedding so that the couple's bond takes primacy over relationships with parents and friends. Chapter two introduces the genogram as a tool for exploring each person's family history in premarital counseling. Chapter three examines the wedding liturgy and ways to plan a meaningful wedding.
Chapter four covers several situations which can make the process of becoming married more complicated: interfaith marriages, interracial marriages, leftover or buried grief, living together before the wedding, and second marriages. Chapter five discusses post-wedding work and the nature of the marital bond. Finally, in chapter six the authors develop their theology of marriage.
All of the books are well-written and easy to read--no convoluted prose to parse here. The works have added texture from the many personal examples shared by the authors (both their own and examples others have shared with them).
Every book in the series deserves an honored place on any religious professional's shelf. Except, you may find them so valuable they rarely make it back to your shelf.
A book for Pastors, engaged couples and their parents! May 6, 2001
Herbert Anderson has some great approaches to pastoral ministry to those who intend on marrying! I am engaged and have learned so much about what it means to become married. I have given a copy to my pastor, and also to my mother! It is a book all should read. Anderson has some great pastoral excercises for pre-marriage work all pastors should read. It is a quick, easy to understand read!