Epilogue by Marie K. Hafen.
Ten years in the writing, this unusually thought-provoking new book could not have come at a better time. All around us we see the modern world's crazed rush to dispose of traditional marriage values, which is putting us at risk of losing the central bearings of our society.
Here author Bruce C. Hafen clears our heads and stirs our hearts about what marriage really means to the couple, to their children, and to society. He moves our understanding into previously unexplored dimensions and provokes our desire to sustain the sacred, God-given married relationship between a man and a woman.
A key insight in his message is symbolized in the image of a traditional wedding celebration. Though the bride and groom are the central figures, much of the event's power comes from the community, whose gathering around the couple reaffirms the place of the marital union at the cornerstone of our society. In effect, the community's initiating message to the new couple is. "We need your marriage to thrive - for our sake!" even as the couple petition in return, "We need you to support our thriving and to expect it from us - for our sake!"
If we keep our bearings, husbands and wives become fathers and mothers who hold in their hands and arms and hearts the purpose of this earth's creation - that the hearts of the children can turn to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children in an unending chain that links the generations together forever.