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Two books, Along the Way and Couple Care, from Providence College and Seminary Alumni Bob and Penny Armstrong will soon be featured by Winnipeg publishing house Kindred Productions, the publisher and distributor of Christian resources for the Mennonite Brethren in Canada and the United States.
No strangers to relationships, the Armstrongs have been in ministry for 27 years in various capacities: pastors, church planters, hospital chaplains, counselors and conference speakers. They are also the parents of three young men. They currently reside in Langley, B.C and planted their second church three years ago in Langley. But in their experience with pastoral work and counseling they found a need to streamline the process and materials for preparing couples for marriage.
In a phone interview Bob Armstrong said, “I wanted to develop a book, a user friendly tool for pastors and couples. They can read it, mark it up, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss it. The whole package is right there in one book.”
There are currently over 450 pastors across the USA, Canada, Australia, and Britain using the Couple Care Pre-Marriage Manual and recently the Armstrongs have written another book for married couples called Along The Way, a book filled with healthful tips for couples who are already “along the way” in their marriage. When looking for someone to review the new book, it was only natural to send a copy to their old professor, Dr. Gus Konkel, president of Providence College and Seminary.
"I highly recommend the Along The Way marriage resource,” said Konkel. “It is a very valuable tool for pastors working through marital issues with couples, individual couple use, as well as those meeting in couples home groups. Based on biblical principles and containing interactive questions, this resource covers critical topics such as: expectations, communication, conflict, forgiveness, intimacy and others, which are illustrated by an appropriate and gentle use of humour with which all couples will identify."
Armstrong explained that from time to time relationships need tune ups on communication, handling conflict and continuing to build strong relationships. Bob said, “Our heart is to give people who desire a healthy relationship some tools to help them keep moving forward to that healthy relationship.”
He added that the books are also a great opportunity to help couples establish a solid foundation as they prepare to spend their lives together.
The Armstrongs both hold a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Providence Theological Seminary, are Registered Clinical Counselors and authors of the Couple Care Pre-Marriage Manual, Along The Way and Broken Church Restored.
For more information or to order a copy of any of the Armstrongs’ books you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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