101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person

Helping Singles Find Each Other, Contemplate Marriage, and Say I Do

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Publication date: October 10, 2016

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Are you a Catholic confused about how to find your true love? Do you want to work on a current dating relationship, preparing it for engagement and marriage? 

Packed into 101 bite-sized suggestions, 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person is the help you need to approach dating with confidence and joy, while at the same time helping you become the best, most marriage-ready version of yourself. Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes offer inspiration and advice for all stages of your relationship.

With research conducted by the Ruth Institute and almost fifty years of marriage experience between them, authors Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes have compiled their best tips to inspire and support Catholic singles during all stages of dating and engagement. The life-changing ideas in 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person offer short, practical suggestions that will help you find a mate and build a strong relationship.

You’ll find advice for meeting other Catholic singles, questions to ask yourself before getting too serious, and topics to talk about before engagement. Tips include:

  • When you’re on the first date, or once you’re in a relationship, see the other person for who they are. Avoid thinking you can change him or her; only God can do that.
  • Don’t expect your significant other to be perfect when you know that you are not.
  • If you’re interested in someone who isn’t Catholic, have an open discussion about how you each expect faith to impact your relationship and potential marriage.

Morse and Kerekes clearly articulate the challenges that face single Catholics today. The hook-up and cohabitation culture is prevalent in our society and in the media, making the temptation to succumb strong. The authors want you to know that you aren’t weak for being interested in these options, but you are strong enough to resist them. You can combat these challenges by recognizing single life and dating as ideal times to discern your own call to the vocation of marriage as well as your dating relationship’s readiness for the sacrament.


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Product Details

Pages: 144

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594716713

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Simple, straightforward, and sage advice.”


    “In 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person, Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes offer simple, straightforward, and sage advice on how to discern marriage with courage and conviction. If you want to build a lasting love, give your relationship a rock-solid foundation, and avoid the heartache of divorce, read these 101 tips!”

    Jason Evert
    Catholic speaker, author, and creator of The Chastity Project

  • “Succinct and practical tips.”


    “This book is full of succinct and practical tips to help navigate the challenging waters of dating. They address a wide variety of questions with answers that are insightful, relevant, and to-the-point.”

    Anastasia Northrop
    Founder and director of the National Catholic Singles Conference

  • “Non-churchy and non-boring.”


    “Engaged couples (and those seriously pondering marriage) finally have a discernment guide that is non-moralizing, non-churchy, and non-boring. The wisdom and good humor in this gem of a book should be required reading for Engaged Encounters and seminaries across the country.”

    Patrick Coffin
    Catholic author, radio host and podcaster

  • “A page-turner.”


    “Part reality check, part tip sheet, this page-turner will prepare you mind, heart, and soul for the most important decision you will ever make, and help you get it right the first time.”

    Tom Allen
    Partner in Allied Faith and Family

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