One of the authors of this book is secretary of the National Council on Family Relations; the other is associate professor of sociology in Iowa State College. The preface states that "this book has been written to supply the kind of guidance that is sought and needed 'when you marry.' " The foreword emphasizes the functional approach to teaching marriage and family living, and explains at some length how this is accomplished. The foreword is written by Ernest W. Burgess, of the University of Chicago.
The book is organized into four parts, dealing respectively with "Anticipating Marriage," "What It Means to Be Married," "The Making of a Family" and "Family Life Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." On the jacket it is claimed for the book that it covers the gamut of personal relationships from first date to last baby. In general it may be said that this claim is fulfilled.