Marriage - Just a Piece of Paper?

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Katherine Anderson, Don S. Browning, Don S. Browning, And, Brian Boyer
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 424 pages
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"Almost everyone aspires to marriage something these books go to some lengths to explain, albeit in completely different ways. As the title suggests, I Like Being Married is an unabashed celebration of marriage; it's fluff but enjoyable fluff. Leach, executive director of Orbis Books, and Borchard, author of the children's book series "The Emerald Bible Collection," have collected bits and pieces quotes, stories, traditions, and even top-ten lists that show why people take pleasure in matrimony. The quotes and stories come from both celebrities (e.g., George Bush, Winston Churchill, Celine Dion, Natasha Richardson, C.S. Lewis, and Mel Gibson) and regular Joe and Jane Does. Charming and well edited, it contains just enough variety in length and subject to be interesting, yet it is also cohesive. Public libraries should purchase. The companion book to a PBS documentary that aired Feb. 14, Marriage Just a Piece of Paper? is far more serious in tone and scope. Although it is also a smartly chosen m lange of quotes from different people, it focuses on the societal changes that have led to increased divorce rates, cohabitation, and single motherhood despite the beneficial aspects of marriage. Sociologists, politicians, ministers, and the occasional person on the street are all given a chance to explain whether they think marriage especially as it relates to the raising of children is in decline and, if so, what might be done to stop that decline. Editors Anderson and Brian Boyer worked on the documentary as managing editor/producer and executive producer/ director, respectively, and Don Browning is a professor of ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Given that the effects of divorce on children is a major topic (see, e.g., Judith Wallerstein and others' The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce and E. Mavis Hetherington and John Kelly's For Better or for Worse) and that many patrons probably watched the PBS special..." - Library Journal
 

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Contents

Lisa Sowle Cahill
Steven Ozment
John Witte Jr
IS THERE A NEW INEQUALITY?
Sadie
Judith Stacey
Amy
Geraldine Jensen

David Blankenhorn
William Julius Wilson
Orlando Patterson
Leslie and Rich
Erin
Larry Bumpass
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?
Blake
Abe
Sandy
Judith Wallerstein
Judge Helen E Brown
John C and Christina
David Royko
Olivia and Adam
Abbie
Patrick Murphy
LOOKING FOR LOVE
Antonia and John M
Larry Bumpass
Linda Waite
Ricky
Scott
David Popenoe
Stacy
Bishop Arthur M Brazier
Colleen
Judith Martin
David Blankenhorn
LOOKING BACK
WHAT ABOUT FATHERS?
Ron Johnson and Young AfricanAmerican Men
US Senator Joseph Lieberman
Wade Horn
Sadie
William J Doherty
Stacy
Ronald Mincy
Patrick Murphy
US Senator Sam Brownback
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
William Galston
Judith
Wade Horn
Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating
Ronald Mincy
Larry Bumpass
Evan Wolfson
David Frum
Leslie and Rich
Bishop Arthur M Brazier
Diane Sollee
Marline Pearson
Orlando Patterson
William J Doherty
Peter
William Julius Wilson
Nissa
John Witte Jr
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About the author (2002)

Anderson is a veteran print and broadcast journalist whose many job titles include planning editor for ABC News and news director for the University of Chicago.

Don S. Browning" is Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Ethics and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of "Religious Thought and Modern Psychologies" and "Reviving Christian Humanism: The New Conversation on Spirituality, Theology, and Psychology".

Boyer is an Emmy Award winning film producer.

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