Monday, April 4, 2016

What the Experts Say About Everlasting Love

When we were researching and writing our book about Catholic marriage, Manny and I were intensely aware of one thing. Although Manny is a psychiatrist, I'm an attorney, we've designed and taught pre-Cana classes, and we're raising six kids, we don't have a theology degree between us. To say we double-checked everything twice is an understatement. So we were overwhelmingly happy when the Dean of Students at the highly respected St. Joseph's Seminary (colloquially known as "Dunwoodie") approved our book for the imprimatur without a single change. That book meant our book was free from any doctrinal error -- an A+ job.

In the words of Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre to our publisher: "I am happy to write to you now to say that the theologian who has reviewed [the book] has a high regard for it and highly recommends it with no suggestions of any changes." We were so excited by the news that we asked that theologian to endorse our book, and he agreed!

His endorsement joins those by Christopher West (possibly the most well-known Catholic writer on marriage today) and authors Lisa Mladinich, Sarah Reinhard, Stephanie Calis, and Fr. John Waiss. Read on to see what they say!

"Very appealing."

"A good resource for couples. The authors' married witness and clear attention to Catholic teachings make it very appealing."
--Rev. Nicholas Zientarski, Dean of Students, St. Joseph's Seminary at Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York

"Practical yet spiritually rich."

"In The Four Keys to Everlasting Love, you will meet two remarkable people who have experienced authentic love, having embraced joy and sorrow alike. Practical yet spiritually rich, this book is the fruit of his private practice as a counselor to couples in crisis and of their ministry together in marriage preparation. While reading it you will discover, as the Santoses have discovered, that just as Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana, so too does he 'restore the wine' in the lives of every couple who invite him to their marriage."
--From the foreword by Christopher West, Author of Good News about Sex and Marriage

"Not to be missed!"

"Whether engaged or long-married, Catholic couples will fall in love again as they implement these simple but powerful strategies for creating a lifetime of mutual joy. The Four Keys to Everlasting Love unpacks the secrets of genuine togetherness through personal witness, case studies, the writings of the Church, and superb practical recommendations. Not to be missed!"
 --Lisa Mladinich, Author of the Be An Amazing Catechist series

"An instant, classic, go-to resource."

"What Dr. Manny and Karee Santos have done with The Four Keys to Everlasting Love is to create a resource that we all need. Yes, all of us. Whether you're single and contemplating marriage, newlywed or an old hand at vows, priest or catechist, this book has something for you. What you're holding in your hands is a book that's going to become an instant, classic, go-to resource for parishes, spiritual leaders, and anyone who cares about the future of Catholic marriage."
 --Sarah Reinhard, Catholic author, speaker, and blogger

"An invitation to heroic virtue."

"In my experience as a Catholic relationship book junkie, this is my first encounter with a book that spans every season of marriage, from engagement to young family life and beyond. Karee and Manny Santos offer something rare: practical, livable, and holy ways for couples to live out their wedding vows in a complete gift of self--in everything from work to money to holidays and hospitality. Looking to scripture, the saints, and St. John Paul II's theology of the body, their wisdom, borne of many years together in sickness and in health, does more than just present a roadmap for the shared life between a husband and wife and their family. The Four Keys to Everlasting Love calls spouses to a true engagement (ahem!) and communion with the Church and the world, one that authentically fosters a 'civilization of love.' This book truly is an invitation to heroic virtue, fully alive in pursuit of God's glory, with your spouse by your side."
--Stephanie Calis, Catholic blogger and author of Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner 

"Spot on!"

"Fearlessly sharing their own marital and family struggles, Karee and Manny Santos show how every family can reach the alluring ideal to which God calls them, drawing others to heaven in the process. Their many easy and practical suggestions are spot on!"
--Rev. John R. Waiss, Pastor and author of Couples in Love

The Four Keys to Everlasting Love
How Your Catholic Marriage Can
Bring You Joy for a Lifetime
By Karee Santos
and Manuel P. Santos, M.D.
ISBN: 978-1-59471-603-4
256 pages • $15.95
Marriage and Relationships
Also available as an eBook

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