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Getting the Marriage Conversation Right:  A Guide for Effective Dialogue

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Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue teaches you how to promote and defend traditional marriage in non-religious terms. It’s a great “how to” guide to answer those tough questions you’ve struggled with. Author William B. May shows you how to navigate the pitfalls and avoid making this a gay vs. Christian issue. May brings into the legal definition of marriage the rights of children, and provides sensible guidelines on how to avoid common traps that hinder communications for advocating public policy about marriage. Getting the Marriage Conversation Right includes a substantial section of FAQs at the heart of the conflict. Marriage is the only institution that unites kids with their moms and dads, and that has been recognized by every culture, society, and religion, each according to their own competencies. Getting the Marriage Conversation Right shows how to get that interest recognized in laws, societal institutions, and individuals, and begin to rebuild a marriage culture.


William B. May’s Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue is not only an insightful survey of today’s landscape regarding the question of who may be married but also a helpful “how-to” in confronting the discussion about the essence of marriage. The volume’s repeated insistence that true marriage can only be seen in light of the rights of and the benefits or harm accruing to children deserves greater consideration by those engaged in the ongoing attempts to redefine marriage.

Monsignor Charles M. Mangan
The Office of the Marian Apostolate, Diocese of Sioux Falls


Young adult Catholics, even those who have had the benefit of Catholic education, too often fail to fully understand or appreciate the Church's teachings on marriage and family. Stand With Children's William May, in collaboration with Catholics United for the Faith, has produced a handy guide to explaining marital issues that will prove quite valuable to teachers, professors, group leaders and parents.

Patrick J. Reilly
President, The Cardinal Newman Society


There is a lot of food for thought packed into this little booklet, which intended to be a practical guide to help the laity navigate the confusion about marriage in conversations with their family and friends. I believe you will find it to be a very valuable resource.

Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone Archbishop of San Francisco
Chairman, USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage


This communication guide is an invaluable resource for answering questions and explaining what is at stake for the future of marriage and the rights of children if marriage is redefined. Every family should have one.

Raymond L. Flynn,
former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston


The break-down of the family through artificial contraception and divorce/remarriage has been a social fact of life for decades now. Unfortunately, that situation has not been helped by ecclesiastical silence on the issues, in all too many cases. The current drive to re-define marriage itself is a logical conclusion to this confusion but also gives people of faith and those simply of intelligence and good will a golden opportunity to re-visit all of the aspects of what constitutes a true marriage, benefitting children and society-at-large. William May has provided a wonderful guide for discussing marriage in the public forum, without having recourse to biblical or other theological points of reference. For that reason alone, it is a most valuable contribution to a conversation which is not going away any time soon.

Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Editor, The Catholic Response


This 70-page book is a quick read, but it packs a powerful message.

Stuart Dunn  - Catholic Book Review Blog


If you are looking for an easy reference book on defending marriage, this book really is worth having and reading.

Cheryl Dickow
Bezalel Books


William May has analyzed the marriage crisis with the skill of a surgeon. For Catholics, he presents the theology of marriage, simplifying Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. For all others, he isolates the essence of the Catholic position in terms of the natural relationship of children to their biological parents. Any defender of traditional marriage needs both approaches..

Gilbert I. Sheldon
Bishop Emeritus of Steubenville


Wow, wow, wow...I loved every page of “Getting the Marriage Conversation Right.” In the last two days I have already found myself using the language from the book in conversation.

Rose Sweet
Catholic Author, Speaker, & Media Producer


Few issues are more consequential and hotly debated today than the meaning of marriage. Yet many people are at a loss to combat the sound bytes and rhetoric which have already negatively influenced so many. As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we are called to stand for the truth of marriage as between a man and a woman both articulately and charitably. Dr. May's book is an excellent place to start.

Most Revereend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore


This discussion is important, and we owe it to our children, and theirs, to keep having this discussion, and being as thoughtful about it as we can.

Roxane B. Salonen Editor, New Earth

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Thank you for purchasing Getting the Marriage Conversation Right.  Please consider joining the movement to evangelize the culture for marriage and family.  Regional networks meet to study the approach outlined in the book and learn new ways to positively promote the authenticity of marriage and change the debate.  Please visit  www.ccgaction.org  to sign up for email updates on legislation, important issues facing marriage and family, events and speaking engagements, and formation opportunities.  Join the movement and you will be connected to a community of the faithful protecting marriage and family for future generations.

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Author: William B. May
ISBN: 978-1-937155-80-3
Publish Date: 2012
Pages: 82
Size: 5" x 7"
Binding: Paperback

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