Catholic Church Saved My Marriage

Discovering Hidden Grace in the Sacrament of Matrimony


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“The Catholic Church saved my marriage and, quite possibly, my life.”

So begins David Anders in this remarkably forthright book. In it, David reports that by the early 2000s, his marriage was so painful he actually longed for death. It wasn't simple incompatibility; he and his wife had just one thing in common: contempt for each other.

Today, David and his wife are happy together – not because of marriage therapy, but because they came to know and fully embraced the Catholic Church's teachings on marriage.

Many people who encounter such teachings are shocked by their rigor. Yet the Church offers much more than rules about sexual restraint; she offers a way to make marriage into something supernatural, even mystical. 

Here Dr. Anders shares his personal discovery of the Church's teaching on marriage and offers a robust defense of the Church's most controversial teachings, including divorce, remarriage, gay marriage, and contraception.

With the Church's teachings and the writings of the saints as his guide, he also offers practical, time-tested ways to improve your marriage, such as how to live in peace despite an unhappy marriage, the value of suffering, and ways to overcome your reluctance to forgive grave offenses.

In a culture that breaks apart marriages and undermines human dignity, Dr. David Anders offers a hope-filled alternative for those who live moral and spiritual lives in union with Christ and His Church.

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  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-68278-052-7
  • Product Code: Q80527
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  • Publication Date: June 04, 2018
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The book explains the Catholic conception of marriage and tells the story of how the author’s broken marriage was healed. The two parallel goals are brought together somewhat clunkily at times- though this improved as the book went on. The book is overall successful— and at times brilliant— at conveying the image of Catholic marriage, particularly where that image differentiates itself from Protestantism and secularism. It was also successful, at least for this reader, in convincing me to embrace my Catholic faith more fully as a key step toward marital improvement. Most importantly, the book will provide transcendent hope for those experience suffering in their marriage, and help them understand the meaning of that suffering.
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This book is so honest and insightful that i immediately began to re-read it as soon as i finished it. Dr. Anders' insights into the meaning of marriage are powerful as are his reflections on the differences between Catholic and Protestant theology. After almost 50 years of marriage, i came to a new appreciation of the grace of the sacrament, one that i will use in teaching RCIA. I plan on buying several more copies of this book to give to my grown children. This book is a great contribution to our understanding of marriage as God's plan for our lives as His beloved children. Bravo, Dr. Anders, and thanks for your brutal and truthful honesty, especially revealing in the powerful grace of the sacrament of confession! I'll read and re-read this book.
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