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A Book Recommendation for ALL Couples

Posted in: Best Books

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Book Recommendation: 1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married By Monica Mendez Leahy

Blog Article by  Rev Lucinda Martin

 As Interfaith Ministers providing services as wedding officiants, and funeral-memorial celebrants, we are often called to provide Spiritual Counseling and Spiritual Coaching/Companioning also known as Spiritual Direction.  Many couples find it helpful to have a few sessions with their wedding minister prior to their wedding.  Some couples choose to begin private sessions after their wedding.

 One book I like to recommend to both married and engaged couples is “1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married” by Monica Mendez Leahy. It is a rather quick read, easy to navigate and fun for couples to engage in the quizzes and to share with each other. 

 In addition to being informative and insightful for couples, it serves as an excellent tool for couples to discover topics to bring to their Spiritual Counselor for discussion and exploration.

 Enjoy the article below by the author; it provides good information about the book, how to order the book, audiobooks and additional resources. It is also available in Spanish.

 I hope you enjoy this and may it serve as a reminder that Vows & Kisses Wedding Ministers are here to support and serve you with Spiritual Companioning. Contact your minister for schedules and fee information.

 Warm blessings on your love and relationship

Rev Lucinda

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Press Release: 1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married By Monica Mendez Leahy

The institution of marriage has been in the national spotlight like never before. Politicians are defining what it means and attempting to shape its parameters. Millions are glued to their television sets to see if total strangers can get together and make it down the aisle. The state of “happily ever after” seems to be on everyone’s mind. Marriage is still meant to honor love, commitment, and lifelong partnership, but it requires dedication and hard truths. Those contemplating marriage need to face tough questions about what it means to be married, their partnerships, their values, and their future. Is marriage the right direction for you and your partner? Are you ready?

 Love can be bliss, but marriage takes work. Communication, compromise, and joint decision-making are key ingredients to a successful marriage. Unfortunately, couples often overlook these things when planning a wedding. This book provides pointed questions, hypotheticals, and self-exploratory quizzes that will help individuals define themselves and their goals, find out more about their partners and their goals, in order to reasonably manage matrimonial expectations.

 Author and relationship expert Monica Mendez Leahy has helped hundreds of couples explore their common goals and perspectives as well as their unique differences as they prepare for their life journey together. Marriage involves a constant state of maneuvering, change, and honoring differences. From exes and past relationships to pets, raising children, money issues, living together before marriage, and physical intimacy – each person brings his or her own unique set of personality traits and requirements.

 1,001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married brings to the table important issues that will arise in every marriage–including the ones that may blindside you. A variety of fun, interactive formats, including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and hypotheticals, explore fundamental questions about nature, thought processes, lifestyle, and marital expectations.

 

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Weddings: New Beginnings ~ by diana moore

Posted in: Relationship Coaching
Weddings: New Beginnings ~ by diana moore

I love new beginnings, especially when the energy is fresh, joyful and light.  Weddings and commitment ceremonies are our joyful, light-filled rituals to honor the official beginning of the lives of two people coming together in unison as a family.  One of the things I am most excited about as a new officiant is the honor of guiding the process of the ceremony.  I am also excited to facilitate sacred ceremonies in the many beautiful venues in Vermont and Northern New Hampshire, especially now through Fall when the trees are at their finest, the birds are in full song and the views are spectacular!  Here is a passage from To Bless the Space Between Us, by John O’Donohue:

…When the heart is ready for a fresh beginning, unforeseen things can emerge. And in a sense, this is exactly what a beginning does. It is an opening for surprises. Surrounding the intention and the act of beginning, there are always exciting possibilities. … beginnings have their own mind, and they invite and unveil new gifts and arrivals in one’s life. Beginnings are new horizons that want to be seen…

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