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Author(s): Andrew Body
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So you've decided to get married ...the dress, flowers, reception and a million other things are organized. But have you looked further ahead to the day after the wedding, when suddenly there's nothing left to plan, and it's just the two of you again? Growing Together is a practical guide that will help you to develop a shared understanding of your future together through exploring your dreams and expectations of married life and by highlighting some of the key issues that being married can raise: Children Communication Conflict Faith Money Roles Sex Starting again How do you define a 'domestic chore'? Do you believe in God? What inscription would you like on your gravestone? You'll be surprised how much more there is to learn about the person you want to spend the rest of your life with!
'I can't say I am in any way religious. The only time I invoke the Lord's name is when the Guinness font runs out... But this morning I find myself impressed by the preachings of the Church of England's vicar at Chobham, Surrey. The Rev has devised a free marriage MOT for couples planning to tie the knot...It makes perfect sense' -- Bob Shields, The Daily Record (Scotland)
'He has extensive experience in marriage and family work. Despite (or most probably) because of his expertise, he avoids offering the right answers, only the right questions.' -- Interfaithmarriage.org.uk
'An excellent guide for couples wanting to build their married life on strong foundations.' -- Reg Bailey, Chief Executive, Mothers' Union
'If couples take time to discuss the myriad of down-to-earth topics raised in this easy-to-read book, they will have every chance of truly growing together.' -- Jane Collins, Relate Supervisor and Director of British Association of Sexual and Relationship Therapy
'A must-read for couples exploring or preparing for marriage - guaranteed to make them think!' -- Sue Burridge, Policy Adviser for Marriage and Family, Archbishops' Council of the Church of England
Andrew Body has been a Church of England clergyman for over 40 years, was a counsellor for Relate for thirty years, and was a founder trustee and later Chairman of Family Life and Marriage Education (FLAME).He regularly speaks at theological college and diocesan courses and training days about marriage. He has been married to Pippa for over 40 years, and they have four children and three grandchildren. Andrew has written four books on marriage – Growing Together, Growing Together – The Course, Making the Most of Weddings, and together with Pippa he compiled Pocket Prayers for Marriage.
Read Andrew's 10 simple steps for thinking about marriage in one session