The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage (Stanton) (NS-CL)

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Moody Publishers

Why not cohabitate?

Many believe nothing is better for their future marriage than a trial period—cohabitation. It's the fastest growing family type in the U.S. So how's that working out? Are people truly happier?

Author Glenn Stanton offers a compelling factual case that nearly every area of health and happiness is increased by marriage and decreased by cohabitation.

With credible data and compassion, Stanton explores the reasons why the cohabitation trend is growing; outlines its negative outcomes for men, women, and children; and makes a case for why marriage is still the best arrangement for the flourishing of couples and society.

If you're considering moving in together or currently living together, take the time to read this book. See for your self the impact your current decisions will have on both your future and that of those you love. You'll quickly see that all relationship forms are not equal. Cohabitation is not "marriage lite." Marriage is an action, a decision, a statement. Truly, The Ring Makes All the Difference.

This resource is ideal for those who are cohabitating or considering it, as well as pastors and counselors who need to be able to engage this issue.



Glenn T. Stanton is the director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs and is a research fellow at the Institute of Marriage and Family in Ottawa. He debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage, and parenting at universities and churches around the world. Stanton served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program. Stanton is an alumnus of the University of West Florida and holds graduate degrees in philosophy and history. He now makes his home in Colorado Springs with his wife and five children.



"Christians believe traditional marriage matters because it is outlined for us in the pages of sacred Scripture. But guess what? Science, reason, and history are also on our side. In this excellent book, my friend Glenn Stanton explains how all of these roads point to the importance of marriage."

- Jim Daly, president- Focus on the Family