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Cheerful Madness How eleven couples made it to marriage! Jo Swinney

18th January 2008
160 pages: 198mm x 130mm x 12mm
Monarch Books
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Jo interviewed eleven very different couples for this book. The theme is not marriage, rather how to reach the decision to marry. The couples represent various situations, and include a couple whose marriage was arranged, an older couple, and a couple for whom previous marriages had failed. Jo comments: 'There is no "right way" of choosing whom to marry. I believe God gives us enormous discretion. I want to talk about the enduring value of marriage as an institution, the factors that go into finding a spouse, and the way we can discern whether we can make it work." This delightful and entertaining book includes thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. It would be ideal reading for a young couple who are wondering whether this is The One.
Jo Swinney is the daughter of Peter and Miranda Harris, founders of the international movement A Rocha, which now operates in 20 countries including the UK. She is also goddaughter to our author Murray Watts. She has studied theology (MA in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, on top of a degree in English and African studies) and is a committed Christian - and a depressive, who has wrestled with her condition for some years. She still only in her mid-20s, which is the real USP for this book. Most authors on this topic are in middle life. There is a strong narrative thread running through the book, which again will appeal to a younger readership.

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