The Book of Marriage: The Wisest Answers to the Toughest Questions
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The Book of Marriage: The Wisest Answers to the Toughest Questions  -     By: David Blankenhorn

The Book of Marriage: The Wisest Answers to the Toughest Questions

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2001 / Paperback

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Title: The Book of Marriage: The Wisest Answers to the Toughest Questions
By: David Blankenhorn
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 640
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9.21 X 6.14 X 1.35 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 15 ounces
ISBN: 0802863388
ISBN-13: 9780802863386
Stock No: WW863386

Publisher's Description

Couples spend an enormous amount of time and energy planning for the perfect wedding. But what about planning for the perfect marriage? In these times of rampant divorce and "relationship" crises, it makes sense to think seriously about the many challenges of married life that loom so large today. The Book of Marriage offers a treasury of marital wisdom from across the ages. Intellectually engaging, morally rich, and ideologically balanced, this anthology gathers some of the deepest, wittiest, and most edifying perspectives on the big questions of married life: Why get married at all? Can love last a lifetime? How do we handle money? Who's the boss? What about children? Conflict? Growing old? Illness and death? There is even a chapter on divorce -- one calculated to save a few marriages. To date there has been no single comprehensive book of source readings on marriage and family life. Assembled with the aid of noted scholars from various fields, this volume treats marriage as more than just a relationship -- as an institution, a vocation, and a source of great spiritual and emotional rewards. Each chapter introduces a different quandary of marriage and then culls the best from ancient and modern writings on the theme. The compendium of cultural wisdom on marriage ranges from the Bible and Eastern wisdom to Aristotle, St. Augustine, Maimonides, and Judith Wallerstein; from Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Jane Austen to Edward Albee, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Bill Cosby. An important resource for young adults, college students, engaged and married couples, educators, marriage counselors, therapists, pastors, and other family professionals, The Book of Marriage celebrates the diversityand essential humanity of the marital experience in a way that is accessible, entertaining, and eminently useful.

Editorial Reviews

William J. Bennett
— editor of The Book of Virtues
"The Book of Marriage is an engaging, literate, and edifying anthology. Throughout the ages, poets, philosophers, theologians, and novelists have penned beautiful and illuminating words about marriage. Dana Mack and David Blankenhorn have mined that quarry with care and wisdom and have produced an encouraging book."

Lina Waite
— coauthor of The Case for Marriage
"This anthology brings together classic texts on marriage with wit, insight, and breadth of vision. It combines key perspectives from religion with those from literature, theory, research, and law. The result is a delightful series of short readings speaking to the heart of marriage."

Diane and Michael Medved
— authors of Saving Childhood
"Finally, a single fascinating volume that brings together the most basic and compelling sources that explain why marriage, from the beginning of civilization through the present, evokes the most passionate of human emotions."

Walter Wangerin Jr.
— author of The Book of God
"Marriage — forever more than a mere institution' — receives here, from wise minds and faithful souls, the thought and the complexity it deserves, enriching our understanding of this covenant. A book for married, singles, and children alike."

Crux
"This is a superb book. It fills a gap that has been left vacant in today's proliferation of marriage books. This is not a simple ABC book that offers easy answers to marital problems. It is a book of wisdom that invites the reader to think deeply about the meaning and experience of marriage. . . For anyone who is serious about deepening not only their understanding of marriage but also their experience of marriage, this insightful work will be profoundly rewarding."

National Review
"Both philosophical and practical, The Book of Marriage asks not only big questions such as What is marriage?' but also smaller ones, such as 'How do we handle money?' and 'What about when we fight?'... Mack and Blankenhorn have produced not only the perfect textbook for a course on marriage but a fruitful gift for a teen or a young couple and a helpful guide for a parent or preacher."

Sharing the Practice
"The most comprehensive book I have found. Pastors will find it a very helpful resource in preaching on the topic of marriage, counseling with couples before and after marriage, and in teaching courses on marriage and family life."

New Covenant
"A gem of an anthology, usefully organized and sparkling with observation and experience ancient and new."

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