An excellent book for guidance for young people in the preparation for successful marriage, a frank, intelligent discussion of the subject, based on the author's experience in the classroom at Stephens College, where he taught a course on marriage. He shows successful marriage as a dynamic growing relationship in which the personalities of both partners continue to develop. One chapter is devoted to the reasons for marriage, one to the choice of a mate, one on courtship and engagement. The question of ""petting"" is discussed frankly, the author giving his opinion on how far to go. He is unequivocally opposed to intercourse before marriage, and supports his position with valid, convincing arguments. This section is important, as it is usually glossed over in such books. The question of personality adjustment in marriage is well handled. The question of sex life in marriage is approached more with the view of helping young married people than mature couples. His viewpoint on contraceptives is essentially modern, that they should be used to control the spacing of children. Every phase of married life is dealt with in a sympathetic, broad-minded, intelligent manner, particularly directed to youth and to parents with children of marriageable age, who need a guide.