The Christian Way to be Happily Married

About the Author

David Sanderlin earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame that included courses in theology, philosophy, literature, history, and other disciplines dealing with the Christian society and culture of medieval Europe. Dr. Sanderlin wrote his doctoral dissertation on student life in a Christian college at the University of Paris during the Middle Ages.

Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Dr. Sanderlin taught full-time for over 30 years in the History Department at California State University, Northridge, and then in the Humanities and English Departments at Miramar College in San Diego where he was department chairperson for many years until his recent retirement. Dr. Sanderlin's college teaching included courses covering the Christian culture of medieval Europe; Christianity and Western Culture; the humanities; English composition and literature; and critical thinking, including ethical reasoning.

Dr. Sanderlin has focused on Christian culture, ethics, spirituality, and personal growth in much of his teaching, research, and writing. His publications include a Christian guide to personal growth, Putting on the New Self: A Guide to Personal Development and Community Living (published by Christian Classics) and several scholarly articles on the spirituality and virtue ethic of St. John of the Cross, including "Charity According to St. John of the Cross: A Disinterested Love for Interesting Special Relationships, Including Marriage" (published by Scholars Press in the Journal of Religious Ethics); "Charity in the Dark Night of St. John of the Cross: The Human Experience of Union with God through Love" (published by the Carmelite Institute in Rome in the journal, Carmelus); and "Faith and Ethical Reasoning in the Mystical Theology of St. John of the Cross: A Reasonable Christian Mysticism" (published by Cambridge University Press in the journal, Religious Studies). Some of Dr. Sanderlin's other books and articles include Writing the History Paper (Barron's Educational Series) and The Medieval Statutes of the College of Autun at the University of Paris (Mediaeval Institute, University of Notre Dame).

In addition to his college teaching, research, and writing, Dr. Sanderlin is active in his church and community. He has taught in the teacher training program in the Catholic diocese of San Diego; helped edit marriage preparation materials for the Catholic diocese of San Diego; held non-profit Christian book sales in his parish after Sunday Masses; and offered workshops on marriage, happiness and holiness in the Catholic tradition, the spirituality and virtue ethic of St. John of the Cross, and other topics.

Dr. Sanderlin resides in El Cajon, California, with his wife Arnell. David and Arnell dated in high school and married during David's junior year at U.C.L.A. They have four children (Wendy, John, Michelle, and Kevin) and eleven (11) grandchildren. David and Arnell enjoy seeing their children and grandchildren for dinners out, babysitting, birthday parties, holidays, family vacations, and other family get-togethers.

As far as hobbies go, Arnell enjoys playing bridge (the card game), and David enjoys playing tennis. When David attended U.C.L.A., he was a member of the U.C.L.A. NCAA National Championship tennis team, a collegiate tennis All-American, and ranked in the Top Twenty men's tennis players in the United States. When he graduated from U.C.L.A., he stopped playing competitive tennis in order to devote his time to his graduate studies, teaching, writing, and, above all, to his wife Arnell and their growing family.

David and Arnell with their children and their children's families