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SOUL MATES: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage among African Americans and Latinos

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Soul Mates is a book about people like David Hernandez, a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent. Twenty years ago David was dealing drugs in Spanish Harlem. After a personal tragedy, he found solace at a Pentecostal Church and turned his life around. Today he’s a happily married father and, in one of life’s great ironies, a cop with the NYPD. He credits his turn-around to his faith and participation in his church’s ministries. Much attention has been paid in recent years to the state of the family, especially among African Americans and Latinos. Countless academics and pundits have pointed to a family crisis, characterized by out-of-wedlock childbearing, fall marriage rates, and divorce. Almost all of these commentators ignore the powerful role that organized religion plays in sustaining family life in minority communities across America. Soul Mates is the first book to chronicle the vital role that churches are playing in contemporary America among Black and Latino families. Rather than focusing on what’s wrong with American families, we shine a spotlight on the many happy couples that are benefiting from their regular participation in a spiritual community. Our book shows that couples who attend religious services regularly—denomination doesn’t matter—are much more likely to enjoy strong relationships.