Dreams and Demands
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Dreams and Demands
paperback
  • Length: 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Number of Studies: 6
  • Published: June 2005
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2133-4
  • Item Code: 2133
  • Case Quantity: 100

Where do your ideas about marriage come from?

Do you expect too much--or too little--from your marriage?

Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III have together written this inductive Bible study guide to help couples build healthy and happy marriages. Through six study sessions for individuals, couples or groups, they guide you in uncovering and addressing unmet expectations that you or your spouse may have about marriage.

Intimate Marriage Bible studies bring spouses into deeper communion with God and with each other. In marriage a man and a woman are called to leave their families of origin, to weave their individual lives into a unity and to cleave to each other. How can fallen human beings even begin to contemplate this ideal--God's ideal?

These studies will help you take small but real steps toward honoring the image of God in each other and living out God's goal for marriage. As you explore and respond to Scripture together, you will discover strength and beauty in your marriage and become even more intimate companions.

"Allender and Longman assert that marriage transformation requires deep and frequent encounters with the gospel, facing the truth about God, others and about ourselves. That's a far cry from the 3-steps-to-a-better-marriage advice we have been swallowing for years, to no avail. This material is real food for marriages that hunger for honesty, intimacy, spiritual depth and lifelong fulfillment.

"Every marriage needs this series--including mine. But working on your marriage alone is hard. That's why the interactive DVD and small group components put this series in a league of its own. Pursuing marital growth in community with other like-minded journeyers will make this experience powerful and deeply rewarding. Use it together to enhance the most exciting, yet challenging, relationship on the planet."

Bill Donahue, Willow Creek Association, author of In the Company of Jesus and Leading Life-Changing Small Groups
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CONTENTS

Welcome to Intimate Marriage Bible Studies
1. Fruitful or Barren? - Genesis 30:1-8
2. For Richer or for Poorer - Proverbs 30:5-9; Matthew 6:19-34
3. Jealousy: The Passion to Protect--or Destroy - Song of Songs 8:6-8; 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
4. Feeling No Connection - Ecclesiastes 1:8-10; 9:7-10
5. Wounded Heart - 2 Samuel 13:1-22
6. It Takes a Church - Selections from Proverbs
Leader's Notes

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Dan B. Allender (PhD, counseling psychology, Michigan State University) is professor of counseling at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He taught previously at Grace Theological Seminary and Colorado Christian University. A speaker and writer, his books include The Healing Path, To Be Told, How Children Raise Parents, The Wounded Heart, and Leading with a Limp. With Tremper Longman, he wrote Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary.

Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials, and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery, and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.

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