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Fireproof - An Ounce Of Prevention

by Jim Clayton, The Quill

The word fireproof, as defined in Webster's Dictionary, is an adjective describing something that is either inflammable or very resistant to flame or heat.

The American Heritage Dictionary however, also has it listed as a verb, to make fireproof.

According to the Internet site "Wordnik's" use of the word fireproof peaked in the early 1920s. It seems that Wordnik did not take into account the recent phenomenon surrounding the Christian movie, Fireproof.

The movie is about a couple who are married professionals; the husband-a fireman, and the wife-a medical professional. The two have grown distant and their relationship has become volatile.

They come to the conclusion that the only answer is divorce. But, the husband has a change of heart when he is approached by his father and is talked into making more of an effort to save his marriage.

The film is full of strong relational and Christian influence, but is very moving and has achieved the status of phenom in the Christian community.

People were so inspired by what took place in the movie that churches, communities and businesses are all bringing the message of "fireproofing' your relationships to the streets.

It has spawned the sale of books, journals, DVDs and the enrollment in courses around the country to save marriages.

According to the Forest Institute of Psychology the divorce rate in the United States is 50% for first marriages, 67% for second marriages, and 74% for third marriages. So it seems the concentration on saving marriage is long overdue.

The La Harpe Union Church began the program last night at the church. There seems to be much interest in strengthening marriages.

This program is not only for those who are struggling in their marriage, but for any couple who wants to make their relationship better and especially who want to protect it by learning important techniques that can make all the difference.

There are many studies that show married couples live longer, are healthier, have better adjusted children and, in most cases, are better off financially.

This program is designed by Christians and has a strong Biblical presentation.

According to the Bible, God's holy word, one of the first things God did was establish the institution of marriage in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.

So it seems, according to the dilemma that Adam and Eve were faced with, they could have really benefited by using the seminar - "Fireproof".

Many resources are available through the Fireproof website which is at

Please, for the sake of your marriage, or just to make a more fullake a look, find a seminar, after all, what could it hurt, we could all stand to be a little more fireproof.