Be Devoted

Restoring Friendship, Passion, and Communion in Your Marriage
Author: Bob Schuchts
Foreword by: Christopher West
Foreword by: Wendy West

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 21, 2020

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Drawing from his popular healing conferences, forty years of marriage, and decades of clinical work as a couple’s therapist, bestselling author Bob Schuchts presents his first resource for married and engaged couples and those who desire true love in their relationships: Be Devoted. This highly anticipated guide delivers sound Catholic teaching, rich storytelling, and practical tools for healing, along with psychological insights and expertise to help couples create a relationship that is rich in trust, passion, and unity.

The key to a healthy and passionate marriage is as simple as fostering genuine love and affection, or devotion, according to retired couple’s therapist and healing expert Bob Schuchts of the John Paul II Healing Center. True devotion only develops, however, when both spouses take responsibility for their actions and emotional wounds—something each of us brings to all of our relationships. These wounds, which are often rooted in childhood and past relationships, exist in all of us to some degree, making it difficult for couples to cultivate friendship, resolve conflicts, and build trust.

Drawing on the riches of St. John Paul II’s theology of the body, Be Devoted is an essential guide to healing from these wounds within your marriage, while providing practical tools for cultivating unity. The first part of the book focuses on building intimacy, unity, and communion, and the second part offers wisdom and guidance for restoring trust when it is damaged. You’ll find practical tools for cultivating intimacy, resolving conflicts, and restoring sexual passion.

To help you engage deeply and prayerfully, Be Devoted includes:

  • Take A Moment reflection questions
  • prayer guides for couples
  • scripts for apologizing and tackling difficult discussions
  • practical ways for understanding and working through conflicts
  • spiritual exercises for healing past wounds
  • prompts for journaling
  • appendices with extended prayer exercises and resources

Product Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594718977

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Essential reading.”

    Be Devoted is essential reading for any engaged or married couple wanting to live a Christ-centered life together.”

    Curtis and Michaelann Martin
    Founders of FOCUS

  • “A tremendous gift.”

    “This book will be a tremendous gift to all married and engaged couples and those who minister to them.”

    From the foreword by Christopher and Wendy West
    Theology of the Body Institute

  • “Piercingly honest.”

    “This piercingly honest and revealing work, born out of Bob Schuchts’s own life and thirty-five years of private practice as a marriage and family therapist, will deeply impact your heart and life with its wisdom, grace, and inspiration. If you are looking to build trust, intimacy, joy, and passion in your marriage, you need this book!”

    Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T.
    Author of Loved as I Am 

  • “Not just another book about marriage.”

    “Be Devoted is not just another book about marriage. Bob Schuchts draws upon his own deep experience and the treasure of Catholic theology to offer a tremendous resource to married couples and to the Church. This book, both practical and profound, stands to unlock the full potential of married love to the power of God’s healing grace.”

    Fr. John Burns
    Author of Lift Up Your Heart

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