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This is the cover of "Marriage on a Lampstand: Exploring a New Paradigm for Modern Christian Marriage" by Andrew and Terri Lyke. The book is reviewed by Daniel S. Mulhall. (CNS)

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"Marriage on a Lampstand: Exploring a New Paradigm for Modern Christian Marriage" by Andrew and Terri Lyke. Visual Dynamics Publishing (Alpharetta, Georgia, 2017). 183 pp. $ 16.95.

Research on many fronts makes it clear that a healthy marriage is beneficial to both the individual couple and to the larger society.

Married couples tend to be healthier, happier and more prosperous than those not married. Husbands and wives tend to live longer with few fewer medical issues than do single men and women. The larger society promotes marriage through tax policies and other laws because of the benefits marriage brings to society.

Why then are the statistics on marriage so troubling?

Fewer men and women are marrying today than ever before in recorded history, and those who marry tend to do so at a later age. More children are born today outside of marriage than to married couples, and these births are to older women, not to teens. Teen pregnancy is at historic lows.

And as bad as these statistics are for all marriages in the United States, the statistics within the African-American community are much, much worse according to Andrew and Terri Lyke in their new book, "Marriage on a Lampstand."

The Lykes, an African-American couple from Chicago, have spent most of their adult lives in the field of marriage and family ministry, working primarily within the African-American community.

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