REQUIRED STUDY: In his latest book, Making Love Last a Lifetime, which is accompanied by an instructional video, Adam Hamilton provides thoughtful and inspiring biblical insight and perspectives on love, marriage and sex. The book begins with a discussion of creation; then the topics of differences between men and women, transitions in marriage, unhealthy marital habits, sexual intimacy, faithfulness, and relationships with Jesus Christ are developed, and each chapter is related to a biblical passage. Perhaps the most beneficial sources for Hamilton’s material come, first, from an authentic understanding of the lessons he has learned from his own marriage and, secondly, from an interview process in his church that provided 2500 responses on the topic of marriage, love and sex. In addition to the content provided by Hamilton, the personal reflection exercise at the end of each chapter enables the material to be used readily by engaged couples. The topics are timely, precise, and engaging, and the format of the reflections helps engaged couples quickly and deliberately absorb the information about marriage, about the scriptures and about relationships. In a time when the cultural understanding (and even definition of) marriage is shifting, Hamilton’s book is a must read. As he states “Marriage is not simply the next step after falling in love. Marriage is serious business.” (Page 21) This book is serious work, which provides insight, instruction and challenge to couples desiring to build a healthy, sound marriage. Premarital counseling is an important commitment for engaged couples who want to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses, as well as, the importance of communication skills.

* A minimum of three counseling sessions with the Pastor are required of all couples desiring to be married at Chappell Hill United Methodist.

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