The Lutheran Handbook on Marriage

Kristofer Skrade (Editor)

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Great for engaged couples, newlyweds, and married couples going on their fiftieth year together, The Lutheran Handbook on Marriage brings wit and wisdom to the sometimes frustrating, but gracious gift of marriage.

Features: Bookmark, Illustrated, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.57" H x 6.92" L x 5.08" W (0.55 lbs) 229 pages
Publisher: Augsburg Books
US SRP: 14.99 US
Binding: Paperback
Pub Date: April 2006

"Fewer institutions are richer with humor and opportunities to laugh (and be laughed at!) than marriage, unless you're counting the institutional church, in which case you're in the wrong book. The joining of man and woman into 'one flesh,' as Jesus calls it, and the interesting situations that arise from it have made the careers and fortunes of countless cartoonists, stand-up comics, and quack therapists in every culture and on every continent. Well, we want to cash in on a little of that action.

But more importantly we felt called to do this book because marriage jokes never get old, but also because people navigating their way through the tough work of marriage need handy helpful information. Putting those jokes and that information together seemed like a good idea. You be the judge.

The information contained herein is time-tested stuff, written by experts on the Lutheran marriage perspective, which is very peculiar ... in a good way. Lutheran couples fortunate enough to endure many decades together all seem to bear certain marks. They're the marks of resilience etched under the grand covenant of baptism and forged in the iron of God's enduring grace. They're the marks of survival where the wrinkles around the eyes reveal both lots of smiling and lots of tears. Our hope is that this book bears those marks as well.

Well, not the tears part quite so much as the smiling."
– Kristofer Skrade

Table of Contents

This Book Belongs To
About My Spouse

The Lutheran Model for Marriage and Its Biblical Forerunners
# The Five Stages of the Luther/von Bora Marriage
# Katharina von Bora's Herring Barrel Escape from the Convent
# Five Noteworthy Things Martin Luther Said about Marriage
# Portrait of Martin and Katie
# Five Faithful Couples in the Bible
# Five Unfaithful Couples in the Bible
# The Five Most Interesting Things Paul Said about Marriage
# The Three Most Interesting Things the Song of Solomon Says

Dating & Courtship
# Ten Rules for the First Date
# The Top Ten Attributes to Look for in a Spouse
# How to Probe for Your Prospective Spouse's True Religious Views
# The Five Most Effective Ways to Pop the Question

The Wedding
# Anatomy of a Lutheran Wedding
# How to Plan a Lutheran Wedding
# How to Select Your Maid of Honor or Best Man
# How to Make Mutually Satisfactory Decisions about the Wedding
# The Five Most Overused Wedding Bible Readings
# Five Fresh Bible Wedding Readings
# The Five Most Overused Wedding Hymns
# Five Fresh Wedding Hymns
# How to Light the Unity Candle without Setting the Bride's Hair on Fire
# How to Respond When the Groomsman or Bridesmaid Faints
# Five Common Wedding Ceremony Emergencies and How to Handle Them

The First Year
# How to Train Your Spouse
# How to Merge Household Possessions
# How to Merge Household Finances
# How to Share a Car
# How to Maintain Your Own Friendships
# The Five Most Important Things to Remember When Choosing Your First Home
# How to Decorate a Lutheran Home
# How to Choose a Church Home Together
# How to Establish a Routine of Daily Devotions
# How to Keep Christ at the Center of a Marriage
# How to Negotiate Where You Go for the Holidays
# How to Prevent In-Law Encroachment
# How to Prepare for an In-Law Visit
# How to Respond to an In-Law's Nosy Question
# Seven Common Moments in Which You Should Think before You Speak
# How to Identify an Ill Spouse
# Four Biblical Passages to Quote When You Call Your Spouse by an Old Flame's Name
# How to Make Your Marriage a Springboard for Ministry
# How to Use Your Spiritual Gifts in Your Marriage
# How to Forge a Strong Second Marriage
# How to Parent Your Spouse's Children

Early Years
# How to Manage a Household Calendar
# How to Start and Maintain Your Own Holiday Traditions
# How to Choose Your Child's Godparents
# How to Get Your Family to Church on Sunday Morning
# How to Pack a Diaper Bag for Worship
# The Top Five Criteria for Evaluating the Church Nursery before Putting Your Kids in There
# How to Handle Your Child's Non-Lutheran Friendships
# How to Adopt a Child
# How to Enjoy a Successful Marriage without Children

Middle Years
# How to Survive the Seven-Year Itch
# How to Date Your Spouse and Keep Things Spicy
# How to Balance Work, Home, and Church
# How to Preserve Your Marriage through Your Kids' Adolescent Years
# Ten Tips for Surviving the "Sandwich Generation" Years
# How to Handle a Career Change
# How to Recognize a Midlife Crisis
# How to Maintain Your Marriage as You and Your Spouse Change
Later Years
# Ten Effective Ways to Dislodge Your Adult Children from Your Home
# How to Survive after Your Kids Leave Home
# How to Spoil Your Grandchildren Rotten
# How to Grandparent Other Peoples' Kids
# How to Survive Your Spouse’s Retirement
# How to Retire without Ruining Your Marriage
# Seven Rewarding Ways to Spend Time after Retirement
# How to Support Your Spouse through a Serious Illness
# How to Honor Your Spouse’s Memory
# How to Plan Your Own Funeral
# How to Leave a Legacy

Money, Sex, & Other Fractious Issues
# How to Navigate an Interdenominational or Interfaith Marriage
# How to Get Your Spouse to Accompany You to Church
# How to Plan Your Lutheran Vacation
# How to Resolve Marital Conflict
# Common Marriage "Stressors" and How to Manage Them as a Team
# How to Talk to Your Spouse about Money
# How to Write a Will (to Prevent a Posthumous Fight over Your Assets)
# How to Write Living Wills Together
# How to Plan for Retirement
# How to Talk to Your Spouse about Sex
# The Top Five Ways to Strengthen Marital Communication

The Top Ten In-Law Issues and How to Deal with Them
# How to Be Gracious to Your Spouse’s Friends Even When You Don't Really Like Them
# How to Avoid Being Triangulated by the Kids
# How to Decide Who Does What around the House
# How to Share the TV Remote Control

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The Lutheran Handbook on Marriage
Kristofer Skrade (Editor)




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9780806652948 Paperback 0806652942 $ 11.95
Great for engaged couples, newlyweds, and married couples going on their fiftieth year together, The Lutheran Handbook on Marriage brings wit and wisdom to the sometimes frustrating, but gracious gift of marriage.







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