Family Ties, By Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III
Family Ties
  • Length: 63 pages
  • Number of Studies: 6
  • Published: May 25, 2005
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: 2135
  • ISBN: 9780830821358

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Are your expectations for marriage your own--or your parents'?

What do you want to bring into your marriage from your past, and what do you want to leave behind?

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 lead you to examine how your early experiences of family and your current family relationships can influence your marriage relationship--for better or worse.

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


Welcome to Intimate Marriage Bible Studies
1. Family Traditions - Exodus 12:1-16; Matthew 26:17-30
2. Family Stories - Deuteronomy 6:20-25; Psalm 78:1-8
3. Family Traumas - 2 Samuel 12:1-16; Philippians 3:12-14
4. Family Comparisons - Genesis 37:2-8
5. Family Legalism - Colossians 2:14-23
6. A Spiritual Legacy - Selections from Proverbs
Leader's Notes


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Dan B. Allender

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

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author or coauthor of over thirty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and Old Testament Essentials.