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Fighting for Your Marriage (3rd ed.)

“Fighting For Your Marriage” has become a classic since its publication in 1994. In this new edition, the authors encourage couples to protect their marriage by working on the positives and to follow “ground rules” for discussing difficult topics.

Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

Clinical psychologist Ray Guarendi argues that most marriages, no matter how close to the point of no return, can still be healed. He says that small steps, such as saying “I’m sorry,” can yield big rewards.

A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents–And Ourselves

Caring for aging parents can stress even the best marriages. The author draws on the experience of caring for her mother to offer practical advice and information to navigate the complexities of elder care.

Creating New Life, Nurturing Families: A Woman’s Perspective

Creating New Life, Nurturing Families: A Woman’s Perspective

Motherhood, says the author, is clearly a spiritual pursuit. It enlarges the ability to love so that one can spend eternity with a boundlessly loving God. Among other topics, Callahan looks at Christian perspectives on sexuality, including theology of the body; maternal dangers such as depression; balancing family and work; and joy and suffering.

Claiming Our Deepest Desires: The Power of an Intimate Marriage

Claiming Our Deepest Desires: The Power of an Intimate Marriage

The husband and wife authors point out that married love grows in the midst of real-life contexts, such as conflicts, child-rearing, and household budgets. They propose an integration of the spiritual and practical aspects of marriage.

Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples

Whether you’re a couple with experience in praying together, or a couple who is just starting to do so, this book offers prayers to suit all situations. Its down-to-earth approach to spirituality makes this a valuable resource for couples who desire a deeper relationship with God and each other.

Parenting Your Adult Child: Keeping the Faith (and Your Sanity)

Parenting doesn’t end when kids leave the nest–or even when they get married and become parents themselves. The author offers practical advice for developing an adult relationship with grown children.

Healing After Divorce: Hope for Catholics

This book takes on the challenging questions: How is God present in the pain of a divorce? How does one know when a marriage is over? How can the healing process bring new life? Grounded in Christian tradition and sound psychology, Susan Rowland offers for all who have gone through divorce.

Fight Less, Love More

Most marital conflict results from poor communication skills. The author explains what can go wrong and, more important, what couples can do to avoid painful arguments.

In Good Times and Bad

Tough times means that couples need to pool their collective energy in order to solve their problems. Fccusing especially on financial woes, the authors say that teamwork is essential so that couples can survive and even learn from their difficulties.

Longing to Love

Each married couple has a unique story. The author, a lay theologian, reflects on the meaning of love as he talks about his own marriage and its unexpected twists, including the adoption of two daughters from China.

Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It

The author, a clinical psychologist and father of 10 adopted children, offers “straight answers to heartfelt questions” on a wide range of adoption-related issues.

The Lost Art of Listening

This book is for anyone who wants to improve the dynamics of a relationship. It explains the effects of listening, the consequences of not listening, and why people don’t listen. It offers specific techniques to overcome personal needs and understand another point of view.

The Early Years of Marriage: Two Books

The early years of marriage–the honeymoon phase–are also the riskiest. These two books offer practical advice for building a solid foundation for your marriage.

Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal and Move On–Together or Apart

Here is a book for anyone who has experienced a marital affair. “Getting Past the Affair” deals with the immediate trauma of an affair, examines factors that made the relationship vulnerable to an affair and guides the partners in making decisions about the future.

10 Lessons to Transform Your Marriage

Readers assume the guise of eavesdroppers in each chapter of this unique book, listening in on two conversations between a wife and husband attempting to discuss a troublesome issue in their marriage. What makes this book different is its invitation to readers to assess first the disadvantages and then the advantages of two quite different ways of discussing the same issue.

A Community of Love: Spirituality of Family Life

Marriage and family life are interwoven themes in this book by theologian David M. Thomas, who challenges parents and other family members to learn to recognize God’s presence in the most ordinary circumstances of their daily life together.

For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage

What average person expects a book chock-full of statistics and research data to be readable, much less interesting and applicable to everyday life? Yet the way Tara Parker-Pope relates the numbers is absorbing for anyone who is married or interested in marriage.

The Marriage Garden

Marriages, like gardens, flourish when they are tended with care – watered, weeded and nurtured, according to the co-authors of “The Marriage Garden.” Read their advice for making your marital garden grow.

Whom Not to Marry: Time Tested Advice From a Higher Authority

“Never marry a man who tries to control you,” Father Pat Connor advises women in “Whom Not to Marry.” A man’s “suitability as a marriage partner is nil if he tries to control everything his fiancée does and everyone she sees.”

The Forgiveness Book: A Catholic Approach

Forgiveness is not the provenance only of married couples, but it certainly is of special interest to them. “The alternative to forgiveness is … hardened hearts, broken relationships, memories full of shrapnel, and families or communities paralyzed and divided.”

Marriage Makes a Difference

The Christian Family Movement has developed a new resource, excellent for groups, based on CFM’s proven “Observe, Judge, Act” model.

Practical Help from Elizabeth Ministry

These four short, practical booklets offer help to couples dealing with infertility, miscarriage, and prenatal problems.

Handbook for Catholic Moms

Handbook for Catholic Moms

This helpful “how-to” book emphasizes life long learning in the vocation to motherhood; balance; and handing on the faith to one’s children.

When Your Spouse Isn’t Catholic

Not only can a marriage involving a Catholic and a member of another faith community succeed “without either person ‘losing’ his or her faith in the process,” but the couple can make their home a holy place, Carol Gastelum writes in this little book.

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