Half the couples who marry today will live together before the wedding. "You wouldnt buy a pair of shoes without trying them on," they insist. But this book presents a compelling, loving and biblical response that shows that the ancient blueprint for marriage is still the best.
Will Living Together Bring You Closer - or Drive You Apart? You're 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're wrestling with that decision, that's all to the good, because now is the time to stop and set your emotions gently aside - a time to sort through your own feelings, as well as other people's opinions about what's best for you. The basic message of Before You Live Together is candid, caring and thoughtful - one that uses true stories to illustrate different living-together situations and their outcome. It also addresses the basic questions and issues you may have asked yourself, including: Is this the best way to find out if we're compatible? Why do we need a piece of paper to tell us we're committed to each other? It's so much cheaper than paying two rents, isn't it? 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.
DR. DAVE GUDGEL has over 20 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.