Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Review: That Love May Grow

That Love May Grow: A Study of Marriage
Study Guide, Leader's Manual
2005, Together, Inc. Publishing, Softcover
ISBN 0-9764572-3-7

Content of material written for marriage preparation programs is, of course, of paramount importance. Marriage is the building block of society, and Christian marriage, under so much attack in today's society, needs to be properly understood.

I was very happy to find in That Love May Grow a solid defense of this sacred institution. The Leader's Guide is comprehensive and offers an excellent set of directions for leaders, covering possible situations they may encounter and many helpful guidelines. The study guide has all of the excerpts needed for each session's assigned readings, drawn from Pope John Paul II's writings, and the layout is easy to use.

From the Publisher's website:

Will your marriage be an institution or a Sacrament? Are you driven by what the world wants? Is now the time for you to shift your focus from the secular world to greater things? This six-session program is essential for Catholics considering marriage and those already married who wish to enrich their lives together.

With excerpts from Love and Responsibility, Familiaris Consortio, Ecclesiam Suam, and Humanae Vitae, this study will set a firm foundation creating a profound relationship in your marriage. Like no other program, That Love May Grow presents rich insights into those issues prevalent today that destroy a relationship and suggests the means to help you form a strong marriage bond. Bolster your Catholic faith with informal yet serious study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in each session. Prayers and Scripture reflection begin each session to provide additional spiritual enrichment. The Leader's Manual, companion resource for study group leaders, lays out and simplifies the process of beginning a study group and leading it to its completion. It contains not only the questions but also answers for document study and catechesis to give the leader both direction and practical tips in facilitating discussion for each session.

If you are looking for a religious education resource for a 12th grader in the area of Christian Marriage, this may work very well for you. It should be quite easy to adapt the sessions according to your needs, simply skipping the questions directed specifically to the couple.

Available from Together Inc.

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