Reviews - What do customers think about What to Do Before You Say "I Do": Ensuring a Strong Foundation for Marriage?
Just What the Doctor Ordered Oct 30, 2007
I work on the night shift for a law firm in downtown L.A. My coworker and I often exchange books. One day "I Do" appeared on my desk. She said she didn't put it there and had found it on her desk and assumed I left it for her. Needless to say I picked up the book during some down time and started reading it. I am currently not in a relationship and it seems the "so-called" relationships I had did not last long. I am a widow and have been married twice before. Living alone and taking care of myself, i.e., very independent, it's hard to let go and let someone else do the driving. My term is "I'm waiting to exhale". Pastor Powell hit on some points when he spoke of men who are are looking for women to take care of them. Where are the men of valor? I totally enjoyed reading this book. I am referring it to my friends, the married ones. I found the help I needed in reading this book - it got me through the night. I am a believer in the Word -- the book of instructions for this life. I loved the way Pastor Powell made living proof of God's words by his illustrations and examples. Believe it or not, some people know very little about how to love. What greater example is there than God's love. Thank you for a job well done. And if I can add one more thing...the reason I am on this website is because I wanted to get a picture of the author, Pastor Stenneth Powell. How about a photo?
Great 4 all Readers Jul 22, 2005
I read this book gained a lot regarding relationships and marriage. It's good to read a practicable book coupled with proper exegisis of the Scripture. There is no bias toward male, female, rich, poor, church, nor unchurched. I read the other review and wanted to add how I read the suthor's p.o.v. concerning wealth and marriage. I read that men and women should make it a priority to get their priorities straight both naturally and spiritually - this includes finances. Many people like James Dobson, Jimmy Evans, Joyce Meyer, speak about the things that bring strife in a marriage - lack of money being one of them. I see this author, S.E. Powell as saying to the reader to get yourself together, spiritually, financially, naturally, etc. as much as possible. This will help one experience less trials in a marriage relationship. Well there is so much more in this book than what I've already mentioned. I view the book as a call for people not to live beneath their privelage. It gives knowledge that you will need to review throughout your relationship - and knowledge brings responsibility. So, in a nutshell....I recommend this book to all.
Good book for covering the basics, but little else. Mar 30, 2005
I found this book to be fairly basic, and that it really didn't give me many new insights in my life. However, it might be better for other people who are in different situations in their lives, it just wasn't good for me. There are a lot of people out there with very silly ideas about marriage, and this book would set them straight, but offers little else to those of us who already understand the basic principles of a Christian marriage. It did do a good job of establishing some of the characteristics of a good husband and wife, although at times I disagreed with the great importance that was placed on wealth in marriage. The author seems to make the case that gathering wealth is one of the primary reasons to get married, which I would say is false. An OK read, but I would not recommend it too highly.