Marriage ROCKS for Christian Couples : A Leader's Guide

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  • Edition: Teacher
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: Judson Pr
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Using the acrostic ROCKS (redemption, offering, covenant, knowledge, sacred space), this book offers a twelve-step model for couples at all levels of relational intimacy to discover how marriage develops the human capacity to experience the fullness of Gods lovea journey that illumines ministry as the ultimate purpose of marriage. Designed for use by individual couples, with small groups, or in counseling contexts, this practical book includes biblical study, discussion questions, and action steps for implementing the lessons learned.

Author Biography

Harold L. Arnold Jr. holds a PhD in social and organizational psychology and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. He is president and founder of Discovering Family International, an organization that promotes the virtues and values of family life. Dr. Arnold is also creator of the Relationship ROCKS model, a program for building equity in personal relationships. A member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Black African-American Christian Counselors, Dr. Arnold serves as a minister and counselor for a large multicultural church in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Marriage Education?p. 1
Marriage Is for God's Peoplep. 8
Choosing Suitability over Compatibilityp. 12
Relinquishing Your Imaginary Marriagep. 17
Step 1: Confront the Enemies of Your Marriagep. 22
Step 2: Exchange Guilt for Gracep. 27
Step 3: Present an Acceptable Offeringp. 31
Step 4: Enhance Your Intimacy Profilep. 35
Step 5: Make TIME for Intimacyp. 40
Step 6: Check the Boundaries of Your Marriagep. 45
Step 7: Keep Covenant in Your Conflictp. 49
Step 8: Make Your Marriage Your Ministryp. 53
Step 9: Memorialize Your Marriagep. 58
Step 10: Mobilize Your Marriage for Worshipp. 62
Srep 11: Anoint Your Marriage as Sacredp. 66
Step 12: Cultivate Communities of Belongingp. 70
Notesp. 74
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