To know and be known. To share memories and dreams, consequences and plans. To reach for one who is reaching for you. To love and be loved. Being married can be among the greatest joys in life—but it isn’t easy.
Priest, author, and spiritual director Frank Wade offers wisdom and insight cultivated from five decades of counseling and ministry, presenting fundamental principles to building and maintaining a happy and hallowed marriage. Each principle includes questions to provoke thoughtful and profound conversation.
This common sense guide is a crucial companion for couples of all sorts and in all stages, from dating and engagement to celebrating decades together, from blissfully happy to struggling to find a way forward. This book provides tools and encouragement to find—or fine-tune—the joy in the art of being together.
About Forward Movement Classics: This popular book is part of our series of Forward Movement Classics, well-loved resources that offer time-honored reflections on faith and discipleship.
As a minister, I use this thoughtful book when counseling people I am going to marry. I ask the couple to read the book and discuss it with them, over two or three sessions. I suggest continue to discuss it together and to use its precepts throughout their marriage, as my husband and I do. The book is wise, clear and compact. —Susan, Amazon Review
Absolutely one of the finest relationship books I have ever read. It is simple yet very profound and immensely practical. I read it through twice and have given away two copies already. I will read it again and order and give away more copies still.—Jeffrey, Amazon Review
This book is so helpful! With the questions at the end of each chapter, I was able to reflect on my own relationship. I also love the chapter in which he goes through each of the vows (to have and to hold...) and explains what they really mean. Very thoughtful, provoking, and helpful text. —Lel, Amazon Review
Having been married once before....this book has been invaluable at appraising my current journey and commitment to spend the rest of my life with someone I love. A book I (we) need to review periodically to continue to grow our relationship. —Mecca, Amazon Review
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