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The Spiritual Work of Marriage / Edition 1
     

The Spiritual Work of Marriage / Edition 1

by David C. Olsen
 

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ISBN-10: 0789036320

ISBN-13: 9780789036322

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Statistically speaking, about half of all first marriages fail. The Spiritual Work of Marriage comprehensively discusses an issue that is central to addressing committed relationships and intimacy-the difficult, and yet very common, spiritual work that exists within marriage. This insightful guide goes deeper into ways to improve marital intimacy by explaining its

Overview

Statistically speaking, about half of all first marriages fail. The Spiritual Work of Marriage comprehensively discusses an issue that is central to addressing committed relationships and intimacy-the difficult, and yet very common, spiritual work that exists within marriage. This insightful guide goes deeper into ways to improve marital intimacy by explaining its spiritual dimension and describing a variety of spiritual themes that every couple deals with and must resolve. The book contains practical case study material, questions for group discussion, and a series of spiritual and theological theories tied to powerful marital dynamics.

Author Dr. David Olsen, certified pastoral counselor and certified marriage and family therapist, explains approaches that every counselor can use when attempting to help couples navigate and work through marital intimacy and spiritual issues. The Spiritual Work of Marriage boldly and sensitively examines the themes of acceptance, working through idolatry, the longing for redemption from old family issues, and the necessity of repentance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789036322
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The Dream     1
The Reality     2
Spirituality versus Religion     4
Spirituality     5
Marriage and Spirituality     6
Lived Spirituality     7
Marriage As Spiritual Crucible     8
The Spiritual Opportunity     8
The Longing to Be Known     11
Being Known As a Spiritual Goal     12
Knowing and Incarnation     13
The Power of Belief     15
Beliefs About Marriage     16
The Problem of Idealization and Interpretation (Leaving Eden)     19
The Spiritual Opportunity     20
The Roadblocks     21
The Spiritual Opportunity     22
The Idolatry of Attempting to Change Your Partner     25
The First Rule of Relationships     26
The Elusive Search for Perfection: A Spiritual and Relational Problem     28
Biblical Idolatry     29
Hopeless Dances     31
The Sins of the Fathers and the Longing for Redemption     37
The Power of Family of Origin     38
The Spiritual Work of Redemption     39
The Family Map     39
Family Rituals     41
Roles and Scripts     42
Redemption from Childhood Wounds     44
The Goal of Redemption in Marriage     45
Action Steps     47
Repentance and Relationships: You Really Do Have to Say "I'm Sorry"     49
The Importance of Repentance     50
Repentance and Projection     52
Skills Are Part of Repentance     54
Sin     55
Action Steps Toward Repentance     62
Intimacy and Forgiveness     65
Forgiveness As a Leap of Faith     69
The Steps of Forgiveness     70
Summary of Steps Toward Forgiveness     77
Salvation, Marriage, and Grace     79
Salvation As a Religious Concept     80
Salvation and Marriage     82
Steps to Wholeness and Salvation: Providence     84
Lock the Doors     86
Being Known, Empathic Attunement, and Incarnation     87
Blocks to Being Known     89
Redemption and Grace     90
Steps to Salvation and Wholeness     93
References     95
Index     97

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