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Before You Say "I Do"

A Biblical Guide For 
Bachelors & Bachelorettes
By Gregory A. Dixon

Detailed Listing of Book Chapters

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION: Fear Was My Driving Force


PART ONE: LOVE AMERICAN STYLE

Chapter 1.      Avoid the Heartbreak and Pain of Misguided Relationships

Chapter 2.      The Pitfalls of Premature Romance

Chapter 3.      Dating American Style

Chapter 4.      Games People Play

Chapter 5.      The Lonely-Hearts Club

Chapter 6.      Healing for the Broken Heart


PART TWO: BEING THE RIGHT PERSON

Chapter 7.      Is it Godís Will for Me to Get Married?

Chapter 8.      Why Am I Still Single?

Chapter 9.      The Clock is Ticking

Chapter 10.      Understanding the Nature of the Beast

Chapter 11.     Letís Just Be Friends

Chapter 12.     Making Room


PART THREE: FINDING THE PERSON OF YOUR DREAMS

Chapter 13.     A Fool for Love

Chapter 14.     Can You Write Your Own Ticket?

Chapter 15.     Issues of Agreement and Compatibility

Chapter 16.     The Choices We Make

Chapter 17.     What Men and Women Should Do Before They Say "I Do"


PART FOUR: SEXUAL REVOLUTION

Chapter 18.     Obsessed With Sex: Waging and Winning the War Against Lust

Chapter 19.     Sex and the Single Man

Chapter 20.     What You Feed

Chapter 21.     Living in a Sex-Crazed Culture

Chapter 22.     Real Temptation

Chapter 23.     Sex After Holy Matrimony


PART FIVE: THE WAY OF THE WORLD

Chapter 24.     Battle of the Sexes

Chapter 25.     Singles and The ďSĒ Word

Chapter 26.     Race and Relationships

Chapter 27.     Married With Children


PART SIX: IMPACTING YOUR PERSONAL DESTINY

Chapter 28.     The Decisions We Make

Chapter 29.     Are You Willing to Change?

Chapter 30.     Lord Help Me to Forgive

Chapter 31.     First Things First

Chapter 32.     Be All You Can Be


PART SEVEN:
PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE IS THE BEST MEDICINE

Chapter 33.     Communication and Conflict Resolution

Chapter 34.     Money Matters

Chapter 35.     What Men and Women Need Most From One Another

Chapter 36.     Learning From the Voice of Experience


PART EIGHT: FINAL CONSIDERATIONS

Chapter 37.     Have You Counted the Cost?

Chapter 38.     The Blame Game

Chapter 39.     Asking the Right Questions

Chapter 40.     Practical Advice and Self-Assessment

NOTES AND REFERENCES

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

What Others Are Saying About
Before You Say "I Do"


"In Before You Say 'I Do', Gregory Dixon has provided a wonderful guide to both young and older people who are contemplating perhaps the most important decision of their lives: marriage. He has done a wonderful job of adding his sage advice to that from the Bible to provide a very practical and enjoyable guide to this subject that should prove invaluable to those contemplating marriage."

BENJAMIN S. CARSON, SR., M.D., Professor and Director of Pediatric
Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine; and best-selling author of Gifted Hands


"At a time when we are inundated with so much misinformation in the area of dating, mating, and relating, Gregory Dixon offers up a concise and honest compilation of answers to the questions every single may wonder and not vocalize. If you're looking for Biblically sound, practical answers to the sometimes difficult issues that can face anyone trying to be victorious on their single journey, this is the book for you."

MICHELLE McKINNEY HAMMOND, author of Sassy, Single and Satisfied


"As a former All-American linebacker at Penn State University, and as the brother of Super Bowl champion quarterback Jeff Hostetler, I have learned to appreciate what it takes to be victorious on and off the field. Before You Say 'I Do' by Greg Dixon is a very practical, comprehensive, biblically based relationship 'playbook' that will help many husband and wife teams to experience victorious marriages. Based on my ­experience as a man who is married with four children, I can attest that the book gives a true look into what marriage is and how to best prepare for it. The research in the book is validated through experience which also makes it a necessary tool or useful guide for any pastor or counselor. In a nutshell, it is a premarital course wrapped up into one book! Even if you are married, it is also a reference manual that you can go back to again and again to remind yourself how to make the most of a marriage."

RON HOSTETLER, Author and Senior Consultant of PERFORMANCE PLUS


"Marriage is tough and we all need help along the way. As a happily married husband, with four children (ages 21-28), I am confident that Before You Say 'I Do' by Gregory Dixon will impact readers who are living single and those who are preparing for marriage. It is also valuable for seasoned married individuals and couples. I was impressed with the depth of the research that Greg put into this insightful book. Greg also addresses the issues that other marriage books tend to avoid. For example, the book enlightens readers on how institutional racism has impacted relationships between African-American men and women. Regardless of your ethnicity, gender or age, you will gain a lot of wisdom from Greg's reader-friendly book."

DR. JOEL A. FREEMAN,
Coauthor of book/film, Return To Glory


"I've read a lot of Christian dating and relationship books in my day, but Before You Say 'I Do' by Gregory Dixon is the best relationship book for Christian singles that I've ever read. The book isn't just spiritual; it's practical as well. I simply can't say enough about the book. It just covered EVERY topic imaginable. I don't think Greg Dixon left one stone unturned. He also wrote about his struggles with openness and tact. It had been a while since I'd read a book that took on such sensitive topics with such discretion. LOVE the book! It's excellent...so thorough, honest and on target!"

ROBERTA WASHINGTON,
School Teacher


"Warning--this book is not for the politically correct, but it is for those who want to be biblically correct! And this book will help people become enemies to the ignorance that hinders successful relationships God's way. Before You Say 'I Do' by Greg Dixon is the best and most complete work that I've seen on the subject. He has taken the time to do in-depth research on the topic and the book is easy to read for people of all ages. I'm impressed by the fact that he has gone to the credible sources who have experience in key areas and I actually started using the book for premarital counseling. I highly recommend it to anyone who is single, married, or divorced. It's refreshing to read this kind of work--especially by a God-fearing man. The information in the book can save people from a lot of problems that primarily come because of a lack of knowledge."

WILLIAM DALLAS,
Senior Pastor, Gospel Fellowship Church, Harrisburg,PA


"Greg Dixon has written a complete guide to finding the mate that God has for you and he skillfully lays out every important aspect of a God-centered marriage. In a time where the divorce rate in the church is equal to that of the world, Before You Say 'I Do' is a must-read. This book fully equips the reader for a long-lasting marriage and this is an excellent read not only for those seeking a mate but for anyone who is looking to maintain the marriage that they are already in. I have been through a failed marriage and now I am in a successful one and believe me this is a must-read! Bravo Greg Dixon! Thank you for allowing the Lord to speak through you and to use you to minister to one of the most important topics facing the body of Christ; which is the attack on the God-ordained institution of marriage."

JOSEPH L. GREEN,
President of Hensley Broadcasting, Inc
and Owner of Radio Station 720 AM "THE ROCK"


"I read every page of Before You Say 'I Do' by Greg Dixon. As a 66-year-old woman who has been through two failed marriages, I only wish I would've had this book before I got married. We need more people in the church to deal with the issues that Greg Dixon has dealt with in his book. I have never read a relationship book as thorough as this one and the book is absolutely fantastic!"

RUBY M. LEWIS,
Retired Telecommunications Professional


"Whether you are considering marriage or remarriage or you counsel those who are, Before You Say 'I Do' is a practical, helpful and biblically based guidebook. It is a comprehensive book that offers all the tools and insights necessary to help couples prepare for marriage. I highly recommend it for any couple preparing for marriage and those who counsel couples."

BOB KAPP,
Associate Pastor of Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill, PA


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