An Engaging Proposal by Ryan Messmore

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An Engaging Proposal

Lessons on Courtship & Covenantal Marriage from Ancient Israel
by Ryan Messmore

Is there anything in life more worth preparing for than marriage? Marriage has profound implications for individuals, churches, and communities alike. It has the power to make people happier or more miserable than almost anything else in the world. Research shows that healthy marriages correlate with numerous positive outcomes, from higher educational achievement to better physical health to increased levels of prosperity and happiness. Moreover, marriage has deep theological significance: the Apostle Paul points to it as the relationship most reflective of God's relationship with his Church.

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Ryan Messmore is president of Campion College, a Catholic liberal arts college located in Sydney, Australia. He and his wife have three children.


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