Right from the Start: A Pastor's Guide to Premarital Counseling  -     By: David Frisbie, Lisa Frisbe
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Right from the Start: A Pastor's Guide to Premarital Counseling

Beacon Hill Press / 2011 / Paperback

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Prepare the couples in your church for the ups and downs of married life before they say "I do!" The Frisbie's book, Right from the Start helps engaged couples start out on the right foot by opening up discussion on five major topics where newlyweds tend to disagree. As couples work through their companion book, this Pastor's Guide can assist you in leading discussions and providing insights as the couple explores their life experiences on money, sex, power, faith, and family.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Beacon Hill Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0834126036
ISBN-13: 9780834126039
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This book explores the art of conversation, and the process of good listening and counseling. Right From the Start: A Pastor's Guide to Premarital Counseling is a guide for pastors and counselors to help couples prepare for and succeed in married life, not just pass a test. It discusses the five main points of discussion covered in the companion piece, Right From the Start: A Premarital Guide for Couples.Counselors will learn that it is okay to say no to a couple, because the point is to help the couple find out if they are actually compatible. Marriage is for life, and it is your duty as a counselor to advise couples who realize that.Through story-telling, David and Lisa Frisbie open up the doors for couples to hash out their ideas, differences, and misunderstandings before anyone is hurt in the future. It's better to prevent harm rather than trying to heal the hurt.

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  1. Kansas City, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Thorough, Yet Pracical
    January 15, 2013
    MZIM
    Kansas City, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This resource has helped me guide two couples in 2012 toward healthy beginnings in their lives. With one couple the material helped weed out problem areas that needed discussing and prevented an ill advised union so both parties could move forward in a healthy manner. With the other couple, it solidified mutual values and healthy pre-existing communication and shared goals for marriage. While there is more than enough content to cover in this resource it's not all meant to be covered but serve as a guide for discussion and eventual marital health. The Frisbies REALLY know what they are doing and it shows in this resource.
  2. Solana Beach, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Comprehensive, Useful and Brilliantly Written
    June 22, 2011
    Barbara in Solana Beach
    Solana Beach, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    This large-format book is about the same size as an older resource by Norm Wright that I used years ago. Wright is an excellent source of premarital materials but I picked up this new title because of my previous experience with these two authors. I was not disappointed!

    "Right from the Start" gets to the point --- quickly and well. It contains some of the most detailed, insightful, immediately useful guidance I've seen anywhere --- structured in a way that lets you have confidence as you minister and serve.

    There is a related book (also here on CBD) for couples. This oversize counselors guide accompanies the book but has a lot of additional material for pastors and counselors. It is very candid, very frank, very thorough --- including about issues such as pre-marriage sexual experiences.

    If we're serious about helping couples thrive and go the distance, I'm convinced this is the kind of approach we'll need. As a minister or counselor, you'll reach for this book often --- not just when the couple is in your office.

    An excellent new resource that deserves your consideration.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie
Located in: San Diego, CA
Submitted: January 27, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  We are marriage therapists and family counselors, based in Southern California. David teaches family studies at Southern Nazarene University and, as an ordained elder, has performed more than 350 weddings, literally around the world.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Marriages are under enormous stress. Pastors and counselors want to help, but don't always know where to start. This book is an in-depth guide to helping couples CONNECT and COMMUNICATE at the heart level.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Pastors are bright, caring people. They're busy, so they don't have time to master everything and study all subjects. This book is written in a relaxed, conversational style --- but shows you how to approach the difficult work of helping couples CONNECT and COMMUNICATE.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  We learned from pastors and counselors in a wide range of places: We quote probably two dozen of them in this book. Our thanks to these bright and capable leaders in Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. We are grateful for your help!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  We read Larry Osborne, Max Lucado, Don Miller, Rob Bell, John Ortberg, John Eldredge and others. We love to learn!! David teaches at SNU and has taught and lectured in premarital counseling at colleges and seminaries all over the world.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  As pastors and counselors and others who work with couples: WE CAN DO BETTER. It's time for us to step up, bring our A game, and MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE in relationships and marriages. By God's grace we can see this happen!

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