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Many of us have heard about the depressing 50% divorce rate for marriages outside and inside the church. But Shaunti Feldhahn believes the rates are actually much lower! After years of investigative reporting and research, she offers paradigm-shifting, rigorously supported information that reveals marriages as stronger, happier, and more committed than most people think.
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Publication Date: 2014
Divorce is not the biggest threat to marriage. Discouragement is.
Youve probably heard the grim facts: Half of all marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate inside the church is the same as outside. Most marriages are just holding on. But what if these "facts" are actually myths?
In The Good News About Marriage, best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn presents groundbreaking research that reveals the shocking, incredibly inspiring truth:
· The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent.
· Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who dont.
· Most marriages are happy.
· Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems.
· Most remarriages succeed.
For too long, our confidence in marriage has been undermined by persistent misunderstandings and imperfect data. This landmark book will radically change how we think and talk about marriageand what we can dare to hope from it.
"Shaunti takes aim at marriage myths that have spread like a cancer through our culturemyths that have become self-fulfilling prophecies. This book is packed with game-changing revelations. Like this one: Not only are most people staying married, they are happy in their marriages!" Emerson Eggerichs, best-selling author of Love and Respect
Shaunti Feldhahn is a Harvard-trained social researcher, popular speaker, and best-selling author of For Women Only and other books with sales of more than two million copies in 22 languages. Her relationship findings have been featured in media as diverse as the New York Times, Focus on the Family, Cosmo, and The Today Show. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children and live in Atlanta.
"In the thirty-two years I have been deeply immersed in the world of marriage ministry, I have been demoralized at times by the negative statistics quoted. And now I am ecstatic as I read the truth in this incredible book. Thank you, Shaunti, for doing the hard work necessary to expose the myths and lies and for finally revealing the facts about marriage. This book and the undeniable research in it is a game changer!"
Jimmy Evans, founder and CEO of MarriageToday, senior pastor of Trinity Fellowship
"This is an important book. Shaunti and Tally do an impressive job of showing that there is room for different viewpoints on divorce statistics and room for optimism about marriage. I believe that people make higher-risk choices partly because they have lost hope in marriage, and this book presents a basis for real hope."
Dr. Scott Stanley, coauthor of A Lasting Promise, research professor at the University of Denver
"Lamenting the demise of the family has almost become a cottage industry. Theres a lot of legitimate bad news out there, but Shaunti reminds readers that the situation might not be nearly as dire as we thinkin fact, there are encouraging signs of hope. Thats a welcome message!"
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family
"There are many bad stats out there about marriage, but Shaunti debunks those myths and provides clarity about marriage in general and how to strengthen your own marriage. The Good News About Marriage is well worth your time."
Ed Stetzer, PhD, president of LifeWay Research
"Every Christian leader in America needs to read the groundbreaking, hope-filled research in this book. Then they need to recommend that everyone in their sphere of influence read it as well! This is one of the most important marriage books Ive ever read, and it will change how all of us think and talk about marriage
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"This book is great news about marriage! Every pastor, coach, or counselor will find a new zeal for working with marriages after learning the truth about the state of marriage today. I cannot wait to have Shaunti share these truths with the Catalyst audience."
Tyler Reagin, executive director of Catalyst
"The Good News About Marriage offers an important word of encouragement to believers who wonder if faith makes a difference in modern married life. Believers who put their faith into practicewho worship together and pray togetherare much more likely to enjoy stable and happy marriages. This is good news indeed."
W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia
"Academically rigorous, honest, and refreshingly bold, this book will make you question what youve always heard about the bad news of marriage. A seminal work, this book could change the social narrative about marriage for generations. This is a mustread for academics, marriage educators, and couples alike."
Ron L. Deal, director of FamilyLife Blended, best-selling author of The Smart Stepfamily
"This groundbreaking research gives us a whole different framework to think about marriage, divorce, and relationships. This is fantastic material that provides powerful tools to help us improve our personal relationships and those in our communities."
Jud Wilhite, author of The God of Yes, pastor of Central Christian Church
"Shauntis thoroughly researched book will inject life and hope, not only into our national consciousness about marriage, but also into every individual marriage in the country."
Dr. Tim Clinton, president of American Association of Christian Counselors, executive director of Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University
"Shaunti takes aim at marriage myths that have spread like cancer through our culturemyths that have become self-fulfilling prophecies. This book is packed with game-changing revelations! Bravo to Shaunti for her outstanding research."
Emerson Eggerichs, best-selling author of Love and Respect
"This is some of the most important information on marriage for this generation, and Shaunti brings practical inspiration on every page. This is the new go-to book for facts on marriages in Americaand its much better news than we often hear."
Dr. Jim Burns, president of HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Closer
"Youve read the bad news about marriagethe cohabiting couples, extramarital affairs, and soaring divorce rates. But this book shows theres a lot of good news about marriage today, and its about time someone said so!"
Bob Lepine, co-host of FamilyLife Today
"Its impossible to overstate the importance of these findings. Our beliefs directly influence our actions, and our beliefs about marriage have been wrong. Shaunti and Tally provide genuine hope that is based on truth. This book changes everything."
Christopher McCluskey, best-selling author, president of Professional Christian Coaching Institute
"Shaunti Feldhahn presents profound truth in the most relatable way. We have consistently used her books to help lay foundations for strong marriages in our church and to gain tremendous perspective about our own relationship. Now, in The Good News About Marriage, Shaunti gives us the gifts of a positive perspective and a practical strategy to make the most of our marriages."
Steven and Holly Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church, author of the New York Times bestseller Greater