Covenant Hearts: Why Marriage Matters and How to Make It Last

by Bruce C. Hafen

Covenant Hearts

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Filled with practical insights and richly illustrated with true stories, Covenant Hearts shows that by living the Christlike life of the Good Shepherd (who will not flee when the wolf comes), husbands and wives will find—and give to each other—the abundant life of authentic joy.

Other books may offer marital counseling tips, but no other book delves as deeply into the big picture of why marriage is so central to both personal growth and the health of society.

Another Bruce C. Hafen, an eritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explains that we are witnessing the biggest cultural shift of attitudes about family life in five centuries. This remarkable collapse of marriage is inflicting toxic damage on children, parents, and society. And "when a confused culture confuses us about what marriage means," writes Elder Hafen, "we may give up on ourselves and each other much too soon." Yet an eternal perspective "can help us transcend the modern chaos, until our marriage becomes the most satisfying and sanctifying—and the most demanding—experience of our lives."

We may begin by marrying mostly for comfort, but uncomfortable opposition always follows. Covenant Hearts teaches ways to learn from working through our natural problems rather than fleeing from them. Then our marriage will bring us joy—a much higher form of comfort. At that level, marriage mysteriously empowers personal growth and fulness, now and forever.


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Best book on the doctrinal basis for marriage I have ever read
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

As Satan continues to mount a clever war against marriage and family, many including some of those sealed under covenant have lost sight of the doctrinal and practical underpinnings for covenant marriage and family.
Elder Hafen's book is the best book on this subject I have ever read. It is well written, well researched and doctrinally based. We have six married children. I have asked all of them and their spouses to read it. This book is a clear voice in a world of muddled thinking about marriage and family and the essential role that covenant marriage and family plays in the Plan of Happiness.

About the Author

Bruce C. Hafen

Bruce C. Hafen was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1996 and received emeritus status in 2010. An internationally recognized family law scholar, he has served as dean of the Brigham Young University Law School and as president of BYU-Idaho (formerly Ricks College). He is also well known for his best-selling trilogy on the Atonement. Elder Hafen currently serves as president of the St. George Utah Temple. He and his wife, Marie, are the parents of seven children and the grandparents of forty-four.

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