"Marriage is pure-pure as water, colorless water. The goal is... to keep the marriage pure and colorless, not to muddy the colorless water... with lies, bitterness, resentment..."Combining legal expertise and a Christian viewpoint, author Solon Philips argues the case that he calls "involuntary divorce" (i.e unilateral dissolution of a marriage, or abandonment) as being damaging and destructive for both parties. Examining this thesis from all sides, each chapter presents a new facet of the issue.
Marriage, Involuntary Divorce, the Law and God
Key to his position is that marriage is not a legal contract, that is, the parties are not bound by any legal consequences if the marriage ends, the way they would be if they reneged on a loan or other binding arrangement. Yet marriage is, he believes, a binding, permanent covenant overseen by God, and as such, warrants the greatest effort to sustain. Counselors, even pastors, may purposely or unknowingly encourage two people to break up. Friends and family may do likewise, swayed by emotional, abstract claims made by someone whose word they take unquestioningly. But the end result will be devastating. Phillips offers some tips for positive long-term prospects of marriage, such as marrying an educated person and waiting until both parties are at least twenty-six years old.Building his case carefully, Phillips intelligently utilizes straightforward and logical arguments, underpinned by legal facts and Biblical examples, though he emphasizes that even non-Christians can agree with the importance of avoiding divorce. He suggests giving this book to pastors so they can understand their role in helping to keep marriages together. He urges those in a faltering marriage, and their friends and families, to consider his words carefully and make efforts to save, not dissolve, the union. Based on legal research and sincere opinion, Colored Water would be an excellent study guide for church or other groups interested in the issues the author presents so capably.
--Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott
The Truth About Real Estate Investment Courses
THE BOOK THAT EDUCATES YOU BEFORE YOU INVEST IN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COURSES.SO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHETHER TO INVEST IN A REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COURSE? YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO DECIDE? YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO GET A REFUND? Experienced real estate investors are hailing this book to be a must read for anyone who is considering paying for a course in real estate investment. This book is a practical, no-nonsense look into the real estate investment craze and offers sound advice on whether you should make an investment into high-priced seminars and courses. This book also offers a step-by-step tutorial on getting your money back if you have already paid thousands of dollars to learn how to invest in real estate. This book should be the first book any would-be investor reads.
The Adventures of
Uncle Billy Ross
The Adventures of Uncle Billy and Ross: Life Lessons Made Simple In The Adventures of Uncle Bill and Ross, Solon Phillips has conjured a magical world that speaks to young people and adults alike. Mind you, this is no swashbuckler. These adventures are not those of an urban Peter Pan, flying through the air and battling pirates. These are the adventures of life, real life. Thirteen-year-old Ross Miller, an only child being raised by his mom in a tough city neighborhood, and his retired Uncle Billy come together each day after school.
That might seem prosaic. But as these two engage head on the issues and concerns of a boy coming of age, it is quite an adventure. They slay the dragons of what it means to feel poor and to have your name dragged in the mud. They take on the quests of taking control of your world just by using your own thoughts, choosing your friends wisely, transforming a situation by transforming your attitude, and more.
And they manage all this right in Uncle Billy’s living room. That’s what makes this book a tour de force; it deals with the everyday elements of our world. Phillips weaves realistic dialogue between this wise man and this man-to-be; they laugh, they fight, they care, they love. They share a full range of emotions. They are you and me. And in each thoughtful chapter, another adventure helps Ross (and you and me) grow and deepen. Children of all ages who join this duo will have fun and mature at the same time. Through their adventures, Uncle Billy and Ross really do make life lessons simple.
---John T. Salatti