Before You Live Together

Before You Live Together

by David Gudgel


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Will living together bring you closer or drive you apart? You are about to make a decision that will take your life in a totally new direction, one that will have a lasting impact on you and someone you love. If you are wrestling with that decision, now is the time to stop and set your emotions gently aside and take time to sort through your own feelings, as well as other people's opinions about what is best for you. Candid, caring, and thoughtful, Before You Live Together is uses true stories to illustrate different living-together situations and their outcomes. It also addresses the basic questions and issues you may have asked yourself, including:

Is this the best way to find out if we are compatible?
Why do we need a piece of paper to tell us we are committed to each other?
Is it so much cheaper than paying two rents?

While this book presents biblical values in a compelling and loving way, it never lectures, but instead seeks to help you decide what is best for both of you. Read it for yourself. Read it with the one you love. Read it to make the right decision at the time when it matters most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800725235
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/08/2003
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Gudgel has over twenty years of experience as a pastor. He has also served as an associate pastor of adult and youth ministries. His years of pastoring have given him a great deal of experience in counseling couples who are considering marriage or living together. Dave is currently serving as pastor of a church in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his wife, Bernice, have three children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: Thinking About Moving In Together? 12

Part 1 Living Together

Case Study A (Part 1): Justin and Brooke: In the Beginning 16

Chapter 1 First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage 19

Chapter 2 The Five Reasons 29

Chapter 3 Welcome to the Real World 37

Chapter 4 Rehearsal for Marriage 50

Case Study A (Part 2): Justin and Brooke: The Rest of the Story 60

Part 2 How to Be Sure

Chapter 5 Are You Ready? 70

Chapter 6 He Lopes Me, He Loves Me Not 78

Chapter 7 What About Sex? 88

Chapter 8 1-800-We-Need-Help 99

Part 3 Spiritual Insight

Case Study B (Part 1): Mark and Kathy: Considering Living Together 110

Chapter 9 Your Most Valuable Asset 114

Chapter 10 The Instructions 124

Chapter 11 Protect Your Soul 133

Chapter 12 The View from Above 140

Chapter 13 The Perfect Wedding 148

Case Study B (Part 2): Mark and Kathy: The Decision 159

Epilogue: Your Story 164

Endnotes 166

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