The Marriage Builder: A Blueprint for Couples and Counselors

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Zondervan, Aug 8, 2009 - Religion - 192 pages
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Psychologist Larry Crabb cuts to the heart of the biblical view of marriage: the 'one-flesh' relationship. He argues convincingly that the deepest needs of human personality -- security and significance -- ultimately cannot be satisfied by a marriage partner. We need to turn to the Lord, rather than our spouse, to satisfy our needs. This frees both partners for 'soul oneness,' a commitment to minister to our spouse's needs rather than manipulating them to meet our own needs. With 'soul oneness' comes renewed 'body oneness,' where couples enjoy sexual pleasure as an expression and outgrowth of a personal relationship. The Marriage Builder also identifies three building blocks essential to constructing marriage: the grace of God, true marriage commitment, and acceptance of one's mate. Now for the first time, discussion questions have been added to aid couples who want to come to deeper understanding of marriage. Helpful to counselors and laypersons alike, The Marriage Builder is for anyone who longs to transform marriage from trial to triumph.
 

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User Review  - Kelli Alkire - Christianbook.com

A little harder to follow. We have studied other marriage enrichment books before, and are having a harder time with this one. however, the writing style is great! Read full review

User Review  - Rickie Carroll - Christianbook.com

This is probably one of the soundest presentations of what marriage consists. It deals nicely with the reality of oneness at the three levels of our being (Spirit, soul and body). But Dr. Crabb does ... Read full review

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Contents

Who Meets My Needs?
25
IManipulation or Ministry?
47
When Im Angry?
65
Physical Pleasure With Personal Meaning
87
Introduction
105
COMMITMENT
115
ACCEPTANCE
127
APPENDIX A
187
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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminary speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver and Visiting Professor of Spiritual Formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife of forty-six years, Rachael, live in the Denver, Colorado area. For additional information please visit www.newwayministries.org

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