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Discover 10 critical conversations you must have before you say, "I Do." In this companion resource to The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas helps dating and engaged couples work through the critical issues and questions they must address before they decide to marry. The Sacred Search Couple's Conversation Guide features 10 sessions of biblical study for couples, as well as a pastor/counselor's premarital plan for walking a couple through the guide.
Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and a popular speaker around the world. His award-winning books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold hundreds of thousands copies. Thomas and his wife have three children.Dr. Rebecca Wilke graduated from the University of Southern California, where she received a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. As a university professor, she focuses on educational issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Steve Wilke received his doctoral degree in Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family, at United States International University, School of Human Behavior. As Director of Family Counseling Center, he manages the clinic and maintains a private practice focusing on individuals, couples, and families. Both Steve and Rebecca serve as radio media consultants on Marriage, Family, Mental Health, and Educational issues. They write for numerous publications and enjoy speaking in seminar and retreat settings. They reside in Southern California with their two sons, Ryan and Jared.
Table of Contents
Authors’ Note For Pastors For Couples: How to Use this Conversation Guide Session 1: Pre-engagement Punch List Session 2: The Doubt-Free Wedding Day Devotional: Two Are Better Than One Session 3: Your Covenant Marriage Devotional: Divorce Divorce Session 4: And the Two Shall Become One Devotional: Moving Toward Each Other Session 5: Building a Family Devotional: Someday Session 6: Constructive Conflict Devotional: Vacation Vanity Session 7: Developing and Maintaining Sexual Intimacy Devotional: The Power of a Pure Passion Session 8: Money, Money, Money Devotional: Finances Session 9: Spiritual Intimacy Devotional: “Power” Couples Appendix A: The Marriage Mentor’s Conversational Session Guide Appendix B: Personal History Questionnaire