- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Jan. 30 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688103790
- ISBN-13: 978-0688103798
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,784,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews & Christians Paperback – Jan 30 1991
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"The Intermarriage Handbook will become a well-thumbed companion for prospective marriage partners." -- --Gael Garmire, Christian Century
"Every chapter bristles with practical psychological information." -- --Winston Pickett, Northern California Jewish Bulletin
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The major weakness of the book was its insistence on treating stereotypes about Jews, Irish, Italians, etc. as sociological facts. This offended me at first, but as I read more, it simply amused me and made me giggle at how inaccurate it was. I am Irish/Native American, for instance, but my personality type and that of my immediate family is more like the book's description of Italians and Jews than the book's description of Irish or WASPs. My fiance, a Jew, is a classic WASP by their description, and so is his family! What is the use of throwing these stereotypes around? I am not a feisty Ice Princess and he is not Woody Allen, for Pete's sake! I was also disappointed that there was nothing about ethnic groups other than white, also. A Black/Jewish couple encounters some special challenges in our society, for instance.
All in all, the book was good, but had some major flaws. Still, I would recommend it, as it is better than most of its type.
This is an empowering book. Petsonk and Remsen do not try to coerce their readers into a particular set of decisions. They try to provide information, tools, and resources to help their readers make their intelligent and spiritually satisfying choices.
Part of what is useful and interesting about the book is the richness of description of the actual experiences of interfaith couples and their families. The authors claim to have interviewed hundreds of couples and the book reflects that research.
I understand that this book is widely used by rabbis and ministers who counsel interfaith couples and also as a resources for conversion classes. Although I have no first hand experience, it seems to me likely to be well suited to that purpose, as well as for individual reading.
I especially liked the authors' emphasis on the ethnic and cultural differences that intermarried couples face, as well as religious differences.
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