- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Books

• "Loving for Life: Building a Covenant Marriage," by LeeAnn Rawlins, Loyal Publishing, 1999. Mrs. Rawlins writes from a Christian wife's perspective onher 35 years of marriage.

• "Marriage: Covenant or Contract," by Craig S. Hill, Family Foundations, 1992. This short (65 pages) book explores the difference between marriage as a traditional contract and as a covenant.

• "A Covenant for All Seasons: The Marriage Journey," by Calvin Miller, Harold Shaw Publishing, 1995. Mr. Miller writes a first-person account of his marriage and the events and choices that have strengthened it over the years.

Associations

• Covenant Marriage Movement, MSN 151, 127 Ninth Ave., Nashville, Tenn. 37234-0151. Phone: 800/268-1343. Web: www.covenantmarriage.com. More than 40 national organizations with a combined constituency of more than 31 million people have joined to form this business, which started in May 1999 to publicize and strengthen marriage in contemporary culture.

• The Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, 5310 Belt Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20015. Phone: 202/362-3332. Web: www.smartmarriages.com. This company offers plenty of training and educational materials for engaged or married couples as well as articles on marriage and covenant-marriage law.

• Marriage Savers, 9311 Harrington Drive, Potomac, Md. 20854. Phone: 301/469-5873. Web: www.marriagesavers.org. This national nonprofit group, founded by Mike and Harriet McManus, helps churches strengthen marriages by training mentor couples to work with younger engaged or newly married couples, using workbooks and other Marriage Savers materials.

On line

• Howard J. Markman and Scott J. Stanley, co-directors of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, have created a marital and premarital educational program called PREP (Preparation and Relationship Enhancement Program) and have made its materials and information available at www.prepinc.com.

• Americans for Divorce Reform, a nonprofit organization started by John Crouch, a lawyer in Fairfax, has a comprehensive Web site (www.divorcereform.org/cov.html) with updates on all marriage-covenant legislation pending across the country, as well as other helpful links.

• State Rep. Tony Perkins, the Louisiana Republican legislator who created the first covenant-marriage law, has a Web site (www.tonyperkins.com/new/covenant.html) that details how his bill was crafted.


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