Before We Say I Do
Getting married is one of the easiest things in the world to do. It requires a license, a ring, and two witnesses. But staying married for the rest of their lives is one of the greatest challenges that couples will...
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Getting married is one of the easiest things in the world to do. It requires a license, a ring, and two witnesses. But staying married for the rest of their lives is one of the greatest challenges that couples will ever undertake. Marvin McMickle has provided a seven-step resource for premarital counseling that couples can use with or without the involvement of a clergy member or counselor. Developed over a thirty-year career in pastoral ministry, this book is based upon the premise that a healthy marriage is the result of what happens before a couple says, I do. By focusing on seven concepts--faith, friendship, frankness, forgiveness, fidelity, finance, and family--couples will discover the tools they need to build a strong and lasting marriage in the twenty-first century. This book is an invaluable resource for both couples and premarital counselors. Questions are provided at the end of each chapter for serious reflection.
Marvin A. McMickle is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church (National Baptist Convension) in Cleveland, Ohio, and a past president of both the Cleveland NAACP and the Greater Cleveland Urban League. He is also professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland.Ohio.