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Staying married is one of the greatest challenges that couples will ever undertake. Marvin McMickle has provided a seven-step resource for premarital counseling that couples can use with or without the involvement of a clergy member or counselor. Developed over a thirty-year career in pastoral ministry, this book is based upon the premise that a healthy marriage is the result of what happens before a couple says, "I do." By focusing on seven concepts--
• faith• friendship• frankness• forgiveness• fidelity• finance• family
--couples will discover the tools they need to build a strong and lasting marriage in the twenty-first century. This book is an invaluable resource for both couples and premarital counselors. Questions are provided at the end of each chapter for serious reflection.
"I found this book to be an excellent resource for couples that I counsel. I would highly recommend it." Pastor M.B. Jackson
"The book was very well organized and written. The author kept it real, to the point, and very interesting." A reader
"The wisdom that this book contains will truly help Christian couples prepare their hearts and minds for their future together." Elise, Rainbow Resource Center, Inc.
Marvin A. McMickle, DMin, PhD is currently Interim Regional Executive Minister of The Cleveland Baptist Association of American Baptist Churches USA. He was Interim Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he previously served as senior pastor for nearly twenty-five years. He has also served as past president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York. No stranger to academia, McMickle previously served as professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary and in 2009, spent a semester as a visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He also taught at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State, Princeton, and Fordham universities. A prolific author, McMickle, has more than a dozen books to his credit, including resources on preaching, ministry, and African American history
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