Premarital Counseling Handbook

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In any endeavor, dreams and goals not backed by concrete plans and preparations can result in failure. And marriage is no exception, claims H. Norman Wright. In fact, without solid planning and forethought by engaged couples, we will surely see a continuation of the startling divorce rate among Christians and non-Christians alike. On the other hand, thorough premarital counseling and preparation can result in lifelong marriages that are fulfilling and God honoring. That's where...
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Overview


In any endeavor, dreams and goals not backed by concrete plans and preparations can result in failure. And marriage is no exception, claims H. Norman Wright. In fact, without solid planning and forethought by engaged couples, we will surely see a continuation of the startling divorce rate among Christians and non-Christians alike. On the other hand, thorough premarital counseling and preparation can result in lifelong marriages that are fulfilling and God honoring. That's where the church comes in.

More and more churches are realizing that their responsibility lies not only in pronouncing men and women 'husband and wife,' but also in making sure the proper foundation is laid so that marriages have a better chance of standing strong under pressure. Since its introduction in 1977 as Premarital Counseling, this book has been used by thousands of churches throughout the country as both a guide and reference tool. Now Dr. Wright has added new material to cover some perplexing issues that have come into prominence only recently. Among those special concerns are interracial marriages, second marriages, and marriages of persons from dysfunctional families.

Writing for both pastors and other premarital counselors, H. Norman Wright sets you at ease about the counseling process, even if you've had only limited counseling experience. As the author of the popular Before You Say I Do and numerous other books on marriage, H. Norman Wright documents in The Premarital Counseling Handbook methods hat have proved successful. These will help insure that the marriages performed in your church will resist the pressures that are destroying today's married couples.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802463821
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 837,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


H. NORMAN WRIGHT (M.R.E., Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A., Pepperdine University) is a Research Professor of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology and a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist. He has taught on the graduate school level for more than twenty-five years and is the founder and director of Christian Marriage Enrichment in Tustin, California. Dr. Wright is the author of more than seventy books, including The Premarital Counseling Handbook, Pressure Points, Communication: Key to Your Marriage, and the best-selling Always Daddy's Girl. Dr. Wright has survived his wife of 49 years and lives in Bakersfield, CA.
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Table of Contents

1. Marriage Today / 7

2. A Survey of Premarital Programs / 21

3. Helping to Take the Risk Out of Mate Selection / 37

4. Dysfunctional Family Background and the Engaged Couple / 59

5. Goals of Premarital Counseling / 75

6. Strategies in Extended Counseling / 91

7. Resources for Premarital Counseling / 105

8. Sessions One and Two / 137

9. Sessions Three and Four: Using the Taylor-Johnson temperament Analysis / 167

10. Sessions Three and Four: Roles and Authority in Marriage / 189

11. Sessions Three and Four: Expectations and Other Issues / 203

12. Sessions Five and Six: Using PREPARE / 217

13. Intercultural Marriages / 241

14. Preparing Couples for Remarriage / 255

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