Naomi Schaefer Riley details the pressures that interfaith couples face in keeping their marriages together, be it from the spousesâ own approach to faith, that of their extended community or religious institutions, all of which claim to be committed to the stability of marriage." -- Ray Temmerman, Marriage, Families & Spirituality Book Reviews
"Riley, a former editor at The Wall Street Journal, is neither a cheerleader nor a scold. Her book functions more as a flashing yellow light at an intersection: slow down, be alert--pay attention to what serious differences may mean to a close relationship. She brings a careful, nuanced and thoughtful approach to an often contentious subject. And she adds considerable value by including results of a poll she commissioned to survey 2,450 Americans on the subject of interfaith marriage." --Gustav Niebuhr,
"The book is chock-full of fascinating statistics ('Jews are the most likely and Mormons are the least likely to marry members of other faiths'), but at its heart is a cautionary thesis: the growing number of interfaith couples don't know what they're getting into..."
--Stanley Fish, The New York Times
"Engaging and incisive account--combining clear-eyed analysis with polling data and the details of more than a hundred interviews..." --W. Bradford Wilcox, The Wall Street Journal
"Naomi Schaefer Riley's well-researched and exceedingly well-written book...is a great
gift to clergy and an even greater challenge to them. It ought to be required reading for anyone who attempts interfaith matrimony, and it's a crucial resource for anyone seeking to minister to those who contemplate or practice interfaith marriage."
--William H. Willimon,
"Riley's book is a very readable blend of survey data (she commissioned a nationwide Interfaith Marriage Survey with the help of the University of Notre Dame's David Campbell) and anecdotes." --John Turner, Patheos
''Growth in the number of inter-faith marriages in the U.S. has been a major trend in recent decades, yet few have paid it much attention.`Til Faith Do Us Part redresses that oversight, exploring the meaning and implications, advantages and realistic difficulties of people of different faiths uniting in marriage. Naomi Schaefer Riley is a sociologist's journalist, and more. She takes empirical data seriously, is balanced and fair-minded, and writes superbly. I recommend this book most highly.''
--Christian Smith, author of Lost in Transition: the Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood
''Almost half of all Americans who marry nowadays marry people not of their own faith. In this informative and well-written volume, Naomi Schaefer Riley explores this phenomenon from an inter-religious perspective. Her penetrating interviews and eye-opening statistics paint a fresh portrait of contemporary intermarriage and how it will shape America's future.''
-Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History
"Interfaith marriage became steadily more common in America throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Nationally speaking, these marriages have eased interfaith tensions and increased religious tolerance, producing a country that is at once remarkably religious and remarkably tolerant. But in the lives of individuals the blessings of interfaith marriage are more mixed. 'Til Faith Do Us Part
brilliantly highlights the rich complexities and compromises and difficult tradeoffs that intermarriage entails. It is a profoundly important book-a must-read for the growing majority of Americans living interfaith lives."
--Robert D. Putnam, co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
"Having been an atheist married to a Christian, I know the turmoil that a spiritual mismatch can create in marriage. Here's a well-researched book that offers invaluable insights into this important yet seldom discussed topic."
--Lee Strobel, coauthor of Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage