Monday, June 15, 2015

#Eternity:An LDS Guide to Dating and Marriage for Young Adults by Terry Baker ~ Blog Tour

#Eternity by Terry Baker
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: LDS Non-fiction (Religion)
Source: Received from Publisher to Review

Book Description:  Trying to find true love in a troubled world? With ten sacred principles as essential guides to dating and relationships, you will become truly able and eligible to wisely seek out and nurture lasting love. Perfect for teens, young adults, and newlyweds, this book will teach you to find and keep perfect love for eternity!

My thoughts:  In today's world it is easy to discount the importance of  marriage.  Society views marriage as a discard-able option.

I liked how this book was put in an organized and easy to read format.  Terry Baker takes issues found in the world and backs up the importance and possibility of marriage using scriptures and words of General Authorities from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He writes to marriage partners as well as to those seeking to find a companion.  He uses the same principals and applies it to all people.  I like that format.  I like that this book can be read and appreciated by different groups at the same time.

About the Author:  Terry R. Baker was born in Ontario, Oregon, and completed degrees at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. After teaching LDS seminary classes for three years he joined the Army and served as an LDS Army chaplain. He was deployed to Vietnam and while there became interested in why so many soldiers’ marriages ended in divorce. In hopes of finding answers to this question, he returned from the war and completed a PhD in Family Studies and Marriage and Family Counseling at BYU. He then taught LDS Institute classes in California, Texas and Utah. In 1995 he was assigned by the Church Educational System to re-write the curricula for the dating, courtship and marriage classes taught in institute classes world-wide. He finished this assignment in 2000, returned to teaching at the Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah and retired in 2010. This book presents lessons learned from over 40 years of research, teaching and counseling LDS youth and adults and soldiers about dating, courtship and marriage principles. It also represents many of the curricula ideas that could not be included in the current LDS institute manuals because of space limitations.
Terry met Parry Robinson in 1962 at the University of Utah where he had a scholarship to play football and basketball and Patty was a cheerleader. After a mission to Southern Australia Terry married Patty in 1965. They have eight children and an expanding posterity of 23 grandchildren as of 2014.

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