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More Than 'I Do': A Pastor's Resource Book For Premarital Counseling

Christian Weddings: Resources to Make Your Ceremony Unique by Andy Langford (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995). Couples can personalize their wedding ceremony by selecting different liturgical elements from those offered in this book, representing more than twenty different denominational traditions around the world.

More Than 'I Do': A Pastor's Resource Book For Premarital Counseling

Tying the Knot by Rob Green offers soon-to-be-married couples a practical vision of Christ-centered marriage that is realistic, hopeful, and actionable. With homework to help any counselor or couple put crucial lessons into practice, Tying the Knot is a highly relevant premarital counseling book.

"Tying the Knot is a great book for those considering marriage. The topics are highly relevant and the homework will help any counselor or couple to put these crucial lessons into practice. I gladly recommend this book to anyone involved in premarital counseling."Garrett Higbee, Executive Director of Biblical Soul Care, Harvest Bible Chapel and of the Biblical Counseling Coalition

"One of the most neglected areas of counseling in the life of the church has to be premarital counseling. Often seen as a perfunctory hurdle to jump through, premarital counseling can quickly become stale and mechanical. Rob Green has provided the church an excellent new resource for premarital counseling that is biblically-saturated, Christ-centered, and clearly written. From the discussion questions at the end of each chapter to the guide for mentors in the back, this book is a perfect blend of theology for real life."Jonathan Holmes, Pastor of Counseling, Parkside Church, author of The Company We Keep

New Growth Press is an award-winning, trusted resource for Christian books, Bible stories, and Bible-based resources. Our Christian Bookstore collection offers the best in biblical content. Churches, families, and individuals can easily buy books online from NGP. We publish life-changing books, small group and Bible study resources, and NGP minibooks that are theologically robust, grounded in scriptural truth and the gospel of grace, and have a biblical-counseling approach to tough issues in relationships, marriage, and parenting.

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website,

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order Book, Have a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

In More than the Ceremony: A Wedding Primer for Pastors, Grant Fishbook shares some practical tips for pastors that will help them in this important aspect of their ministry. Pastor Fishbook, who has officiated hundreds of weddings, discusses the importance of premarital counseling and includes advice on what to cover during these sessions. He provides some tips on how to make sure the both the rehearsal and ceremony are run smoothly and on time. He shares some creative and practical ideas for how to make the ceremony special and unique for the couple involved. Pastor Fishbook closes out the course by stressing the importance of following up with the newly married couple at several intervals after their marriage.

Insofar as the book is presented as an exposition of the Song of Solomon, however, more attention is due both to the text of the Song itself and to its canonical context. It seems to me that the author of the Song intended readers to see more significance in the Song than is typically ascribed to it, especially given its canonical setting and the flow of redemptive history. Thus, more could be made of the fact that the male in the Song is the Davidic king, who is overcoming the alienation between himself and his beloved, with the scene alternating between a Garden setting and the city of Jerusalem.

Doug Fields is the senior director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University and the co-founder of Doug has been a youth and teaching pastor at Mariners Church and Saddleback Church for 30 years. He has authored more than 50 books including, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero. Doug resides with his wife and three children in Southern California.

ESV Global Study BibleThe ESV Global Study Bible is a one-volume study resource featuring introductions and timelines for each book of the Bible, 12,000 concise study notes, 14 articles, 900 Bible facts, 120 character profiles, and much more.

As we learned what they wanted in a counseling center and they learned more of what Bridgehaven was, we realized we were like-minded and that launching a second office of Bridgehaven close to them met both our needs. This allowed the Summit to have a center closer to our Blue Ridge, Cary, and Capital Hills campuses and for these churches to have a quality pastoral counseling resource near them.

If you need counseling that requires meeting more frequently than weekly (i.e., intensive outpatient counselor) or desire casual social interaction (i.e., mentoring), then neither Bridgehaven nor the graduate intern program would be a good fit.

When you decide that you would benefit from counseling (and that sometimes takes us a while to acknowledge), there is still another hurdle to navigate: How do you find a counselor who is a good fit for your needs? Counseling is not as objective as medicine, so finding a good match with a counselor is more important than most helping relationships.

Bishop Michael Dahulich of the Orthodox Church in America calls the book "...a resource masterpiece (which) combines the wisdom of the Scripture and the Holy Fathers throughout the centuries and the guidance of modern scholarship and marriage counseling from our own time."


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