National Marriage Month

Neither man nor woman can go it alone or claim priority. Man was created first, as a beautiful shining reflection of God—that is true. But the head on a woman's body clearly outshines in beauty the head of her "head," her husband. The first woman came from man, true—but ever since then, every man comes from a woman! And since virtually everything comes from God anyway, let's quit going through these "who's first" routines.

Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11 (The Message)

February is National Marriage Month 2009. Here's a list of worthwhile resources.

Organizations that support marriage:

Operation Us (http://www.operationus.org) offers articles, workshops, forums and other resources to spread the word about the importance of healthy, loving and safe relationships to our communities.

The National Organization for Marriage (http://www.nationformarriage.org) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Articles:

What Kind of People Succeed in Marriage? (http://esa-online.org/images/mmDocument/PRISM%20Archive/Kingdom%20Ethics/JulAug09KingdomEthics.pdf) by David P. Gushee for PRISM Magazine (July-August 2009)

Marriage Is for Life (http://www.cbeinternational.org/?q=content/marriage-more-just-one-man-and-one-woman-its-life) by Janis Balda for CBE

Marriage as a Mystery (http://www.cbeinternational.org/?q=content/marriage-mystery) by Dr. Robert Hicks for CBE

Reclaiming the Black Marriage (http://haroldarnold.com/images/uploads/Reclaiming_the_Black_Marriage_-_Saved_Mag_Jan:Feb_issue.pdf) by Harold Arnold for Saved Magazine

"Evangelical Separation Anxiety: What the Bible says about divorce" (http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110009907) by David Instone-Brewer for the Wall Street Journal (4.6.07)

Books and reviews:

For marriage resources written specifically with black couples in mind, check out the writings of psychologist Harold Arnold. (http://www.haroldarnold.com)

Love & War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of (http://www.christianbook.com/love-finding-the-marriage-youve-dreamed/john-eldredge/9780385529808/pd/529808?item_code=WW&netp_id=646755&event=ESRCN&view=details) by John and Stasi Eldredge (Random House, 2009) encourages husbands and wives to fight (for each other)!

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