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Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue

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Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue teaches you how to promote and defend traditional marriage in non-religious terms. It’s a great “how to” guide to answer those tough questions you’ve struggled with. Author William B. May shows you how to navigate the pitfalls and avoid making this a gay vs. Christian issue. May brings into the legal d ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published October 5th 2012 by Emmaus Road Publishing
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This is an excellent resource for helping you to articulate your position on traditional marriage. It is simply written and a quick read. It has a question and answer section which helps you to formulate answers to the most typical objections to traditional marriage. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the subject.
Mikki Ibarra
I won this book on Goodreads First Read and I must have missed the description of the book. This is not a book about how to communicate within a marriage. It is a book about how to have a conversation about marriage, coming from a viewpoint of Christianity or specifically Catholicism. It is well written, and for someone who is Catholic, it would give very specific information if one is going to debate or discuss where the Church stands on marriage. Half of the book is spent on marriage vs. commi ...more
I received this in the mail from the great folks at Emmaus Road Publishing. This is a great Catholic publisher that is true to the teachings of the Church and prints many great books. In exchange for this book, I just had to write an honest review.

This 70 page book is a quick read, but it packs a powerful message. In this book, we get a definition of what is going on in our current society with regards to marriage, and how society is trying to rid itself of traditional marriage. This is sad inde
Richard Grebenc
This booklet (68 small pages of text) is helpful in the discussion of what marriage really is. The entire work is based on pitting the fact of marriage as "unit[ing] a man and a woman with each other and any children born from that union" against those who wish to redefine marriage as "the public recognition of a committed relationship between a man and a woman (or two adults) for their fulfillment." This is the thread that runs through this six part booklet. The use of secular arguments for tra ...more
Dot Snyder
This is a little book, makes for a quick read. Although I strongly believe in marriage before children, I couldn't agree with all of this. Yeah every kid wants a mother and father. No doubt about it. And yeah. society would probably be better with more people marrying before having the babies. Things do seem to loosey, goosey now. We don't think twice about the consequences of a child born to parents that aren't married or even living together. And no we can't over look the issues the child coul ...more
This is a clear defense of marriage. It is written by a Catholic and is clearly consistent with Catholic principles. However, the logical discussion is not based on religious doctrine. It is only 70 pages and the last chapter is an extensive list of common arguments for the redefinition marriage and the rational responses that refute them. There is a lot of repetition in the book so sometimes I felt frustrated because the same point was made over and over. However, if you are using this book to ...more
Michael Kellogg
Not bad, fast read, did not have as many good arguments as I had hoped for, not enough meat.
I guess I thought this was going to be something different. I thought it would be like tips for marriage conversations between a wife and husband, but it was not at all. I already agree with their thoughts on being married and starting a family. It's sad to see all the divorces these days and families tore apart. I think people get married too quick these days. I waited 5 years to marry my husband and there is nothing that we won't be able to get through together. Unlike many others divorce is n ...more
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“How will letting same-sex couples marry affect your marriage? It won't, but it will have an impact on how marriage will be taught in schools and how children understand its meaning and purpose as the foundation of the family. Changing the law to accommodate same-sex couples requires marriage to be taught in schools as merely the public recognition of a committed relationship with no connection to children and family. . . . This will affect the attitudes young people will have about marriage and family and will likely affect decisions they make about marriage, children and family in their lives.” 2 likes
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