Maybe 'I Do': Modern Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness
Date: October 2012
Thousands of social science results indicate that a healthy,
stable and happy marriage is an optimal relationship for the psychological,
emotional and physical well being of adults and children. Functional families
are one of the strongest influences on the growth of human competence, and
mental and emotional well being.
At a time when marriage and family are under constant siege,
Kevin Andrews' thoroughly researched book provides a timely and telling case
for making the strengthening of these essential bedrocks of a healthy society a
number one priority.
Kevin Andrews highlights those factors which social
scientists from all over the world believe benefit or detract from marital
success, and examines the ways in which individuals, communities and
governments can help to create more successful marital unions.
“Kevin Andrews has performed a real
service with this engagingly written, data-packed analysis of how changes in
marriage and family behavior are affecting children and society’s future.
The sobering picture he paints is relieved by the author’s determination to
show that cultural trends can and must be shifted in a more positive
Ann Glendon is the
Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University.’
“This is a comprehensive and thoroughly
documented book on why marriage matters to adults and children. It will
be the new bible for those of us in the western world who need the citations
for the latest research and literature. Equally important are the practical and
relevant recommendations for policy and programs that Kevin Andrews has put
forth. I believe this will be the most important family book of the
Assistant for Marriage Education, Administration for Children and Families, US.
Department of Health and Human Services (2002-2010)
“This is a reasoned and thoroughly
documented call to take the future of marriage as seriously as we take the
future of the economy, education, and health care. I have never seen the
case made better for marriage as a public good worth preserving and promoting,
and not just a personal life style. ‘Maybe I Do’ also has a human touch,
reflecting the author's many years as an educator of young couples.
It's a terrific contribution from a national leader.”
William J. Doherty, Ph.D., is professor of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota,
and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project. .
This is not your ordinary
"policy" book written by an active politician. Kevin Andrews' Maybe
'I Do' is a well crafted, cogent, and remarkably thorough analysis of the
social science research on the importance of marriage to couples, their
children, and society as a whole. Accurately calling the breakdown of marriage,
family, and community the greatest threat to the Western world, Andrews ably
identifies public policies that could strengthen families in this 21st Century.
Concerned citizens, lawmakers, and scholars alike will greatly benefit from
- Allan Carlson PhD is the President, the Howard Center for Family, Religion &
Society and Founder and International Secretary, The World Congress of Families.
Andrews' clarion call for rebuilding a
marriage culture capable of sustaining humanity's most fundamental social
institution ought to be heard - and acted upon - throughout
the western world.
George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellows, Ethics and Public Policy Center,
Kevin Andrews has
produced a remarkable analysis and “tour de force” of the voluminous research
it’s necessary to understand if we are to generate a balanced appreciation of
the complex and fundamental role that marriage plays in the lives of
individuals, institutions and society. Whatever our views and values with
respect to marriage, everyone who believes that we need, both as individuals
and societies, to make wise decisions concerning it should read this book.
Doing so leads to the conclusion that Andrews advocates: that we need to do
much more to support and protect marriage. This is required, first, for the
sake of children, who are the voiceless citizens harmed, not just in childhood
but throughout their lives, by the demise of marriage. Second, in order to
promote the well-being and human flourishing of many adults. And, third, if we
hope to pass on to future generations shared values that will found societies
in which reasonable people would want to live. Marriage is part of the essence
of being human and we have obligations to hold that essence on trust for future
- Margaret Somerville is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law, McGill University, Montreal,
Kevin Andrews has been a member of the Australian
Parliament since 1991. He has served as an Australian Cabinet Minister,
chairman of the Opposition Parties’ Policy Committee, and chairman of the
Parliamentary Committee that produced the report, To have and to hold – strategies to strengthen marriage and
relationships. He currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Families,
Housing and Human Services. He regularly writes in the media, publishes a
policy magazine, and has spoken at a series of international conferences.
married to Margaret, and they have five children. Together with a group of
other couples, they founded the Marriage Education Programme in 1980. The
Programme has provided pre and post marriage courses for more than 20,000
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 13 August, 2012.