Opening the Door
A Pastor's Guide to Addressing Domestic Violence in Premarital Counseling
Author: Rev. Susan Yarrow Morris
A critical new interdenominational resource for Christian pastors and counselors seeking to prevent domestic violence. A must-have, step-by-step resource for every Christian minister who provides premarital counseling. Assists clergy in discussing domestic violence in the context of premarital counseling. Highly adaptable to any current premarital structure.
"This is the book on premarital counseling we need. If 25-50% of couples will experience violence in their relationships, pastors have an urgent responsibility to educate couples who come to the church for blessing of their marriages. If all pastors will follow the suggestions in this book, the church will begin to fulfill its responsibility for safety and holiness in Christian families."
--Dr. James Newton Poling, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"This is a long overdue and much needed resource for those of us who support and challenge couples to create healthy marriages...a theological and pastoral resource we all need."
--Rev. Dr. Lucy Forster-Smith, Chaplain, Macalester College
"Domestic violence awareness is an ethical necessity for those in helping professions. Susan Yarrow Morris provides a wonderful resource for pastors providing premarital counseling."
--Dr. Cher N. Edwards, Seattle Pacific University
"Susan Yarrow Morris has developed a useful tool integrating premarital counseling with the difficult but pervasive issue of domestic violence. Morris provides important sociological, theological and biblical background on the nature of domestic violence and a theological perspective that pushes pastors to take it seriously in our work with couples before they are married."
--Rev. David Kratz, Fauntleroy United Church of Christ, Seattle, WA