T.D. Jakes book a guide for singles and couples

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While in Chicago to promote his latest book, Before You Say I Do, tele-evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes shared “20 things that you should know about a person before you marry them that dating them will not teach.” “Well, first of all we get

While in Chicago to promote his latest book, Before You Say I Do, tele-evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes shared “20 things that you should know about a person before you marry them that dating them will not teach.”

“Well, first of all, we get the wrong information going in the door,” Jakes said. “We get information that just says ‘as long as they are not unequally yoked and he goes to church.’ If you go to church, it means everything is ok, but it’s possible to love Jesus, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he loves you. I’m real excited about this because it is a very practical guide for people to make great decisions. Single people are going nuts about this book because it gives them a very practical understanding. We have a lot of wrong information and then when we get in trouble or we make bad choices…we make decisions based on emotions, based off of pain, his middle name starts with a L and mine starts with an L. She was born on the 15th and I was born on the 15th and then we jump into the relationship and ask God to bless it backwards. But what we need is do the research upfront, get to know the person, get to know something about the families, their lives and then make an intelligent decision,” explained the pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas.

Jakes, who is known for his mega conferences candidly shared how people of all walks of life could be blessed from his latest book.

“I talk about things for married people who are frustrated and want to get out. What are the warning signs and what can you do to head off trouble and what you can do if the trouble is insurmountable before you walk away from a relationship,” he said.

Jakes was adamant in encouraging Christians to use wisdom and understanding combined with faith to yield the best results in life.

“Just because you have faith doesn’t mean you have to leave your brain at home…I talk really practical about making great decisions…I want to be on the front end of trouble, show you how to make decisions because what you will do over the next two or three years in terms of big decisions may determine the next 20-30 years of your life.

For this reason, Jakes encourages all to read the book because it’s worth you “getting some information, getting some counseling so you can make great decisions.”

Before You Say I Do, is available wherever books are sold.

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Happy belated Bday blessings to Vanessa Bell Armstrong and belated to Jennifer Hudson.

“Remember you are Blessed by the Best!”

Effie Rolfe is the religion entertainment columnist. E-mail her at effie@theinspirationalcafe.com.

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