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208 pages
Aug 2011
Harvest House Publishers

12 Questions to Ask Before You Marry

by Clayton & Charie King

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Clayton and Charie King invite us to consider 1 Corinthians 13:4, "Love is patient," as they submit a firm and realistic stance of couples waiting to learn about vital facets of their personalities before matrimony in 12 Questions to Ask Before You Marry. Against a society ruled by passion, they set down questions that love-struck couples need to consider -- but too often don't. The Kings' goal is to make certain that marriage-minded couples know when to approach the topic and how to approach it with divine purpose.

The Kings challenge readers with questions about respect, commitment, truth, money, extended family, compatibility, responsibility, and all the sticky subjects ignored by many lovers. Listing one question a chapter, the book clearly submits a point and then elaborates on it with anecdotes, quotes, and biblical backing. With more than a decade of marriage and ministry to other couples, readers can trust in Clayton and Charie's experience.

In every chapter, the point that a shallow and sparkling relationship will never withstand trial is hammered in. Common perspectives are confronted, and rationalizations against hard work in relationships are uprooted.

This book will not leave any readers without inspiring them to marital excellence. Communicated simply and straight-forwardly, the book cannot be misunderstood. Although recommended for engaged couples, those who are married can garner sound advice from the book; it can also be helpful to a young person’s first explorations into what marriage is about. – Kyle Carruthers,

Book Jacket:

Today, marriages have a 50 percent chance of lasting. Longing to improve those odds, pastor Clayton King, author of the popular Dying to Live, and his wife, Charie, reveal a revolutionary biblical perspective—at the heart of a godly union is a heart of service. Love is more about understanding one’s spouse than being understood.

Offering wisdom from God’s Word and beneficial advice from their decade of marriage, the Kings present 12 relationship-building questions for couples to ask before they wed. They guide and encourage couples to discuss their:

  • religious backgrounds
  • past relationships
  • desires for family and future
  • financial habits and goals
  • vocational aspirations

These questions reveal expectations and concerns and help each person understand the needs and hopes of their loved one. A great resource for churches, counselors, dating couples, and young men and women who dream of a forever marriage.