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The holiday season is back. With family gatherings, high expectations and the pressure to make everyone happy, December can be the most stressful month of the year. How can couples keep their cool and make sure their marriage stays strong and that children see them at their best?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The Christian Family Movement has developed a new resource, excellent for groups, based on CFM’s proven “Observe, Judge, Act” model.
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” has written a new book on marriage called “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.” While the book has made news as an instant best-seller, some critics have questioned Gilbert’s interpretation of the institution of marriage. David Gibson, Marriage in the News editor of For Your Marriage, looks at the book in light of Christian teaching on marriage.
There are thousands of books and resources designed to support your marriage. Following is a sample of current and classic ones to get you started.
If this book does not contain everything you want to know about sex, it tries to come close. Underlying all the information and advice is the principle that proper use of sexuality is holy and makes a person holy.
The dream of couples who marry is to live “happily ever after.” With the passage of a little time, however, each spouse notices changes in the other; a variety of conflicts arise. Then, say the authors of “After the Glass Slipper,” the spouses may ask where the person they married went and if it is going to be possible for them to achieve their dream.
A few months after her husband’s death, Dolores Leckey went to dinner with a small group of women, all of whom, except one, were single. “I noticed how I still feel very married,” she wrote afterward in her journal. She added, “At some point in a long marriage we become aware of something like fusion.”
Nine is the key number in this book, and the starting point is everyday experience rather than William Rabior’s observations as a psychotherapist. By talking with many people whose marriages appear to be solid and happy, the Rabiors distilled nine factors they believe are essential for a successful marriage.
With a string of degrees and attributions after their combined names, these authors can be expected to offer solid information and practical advice gleaned from their therapy practice with couples. In God Knows Marriage Isn’t Always Easy they also offer wisdom gained from their own 20-year marriage, captivating stories about other couples and inspiring quotations from a wide variety of sources.
His rules for handling conflict in marriage rank among Tony Garascia’s most valuable “lessons” in “The Honeymoon Habit.” One rule states, “Treat the other with respect by the use of eye contact, calm voice tone, nonthreatening body posture and by respectful speech.”
In “The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse,” Art and Laraine Bennett provide a guide for husbands and wives who recognize how different their temperaments are, but wonder what to do about it.
Amy Viets and Bernadette Stankard write from their personal experience of living with husbands who suffer from depression. They share other husbands’ and wives’ experiences of living with a depressed spouse.
“Respect is the number one ingredient in a healthy relationship. If you respect your partner, you will set a positive foundation for all of your communication,” Mary Carty writes in PMAT: The Perfect Marriage Aptitude Test.
The Love Dare is a 40-day plan of action for improving marriage, whether the marriage is healthy and strong or hanging by a thread. On each of 40 days, this best-selling book dares a husband or wife to foster unconditional love in their marriage in a specific way.
Do you and your spouse relate to God differently? Are you avoiding spiritual growth out of fear that it might damage your marriage? Has a potent religious experience driven a wedge between you and your spouse? Does God call a husband or wife to move forward while leaving his or her partner behind?
“The key to developing a successful marriage” is found in “personal change and growth,” John Farrelly says in “The Good Marriage Guide.” The author is director of counseling for ACCORD, the nationwide marriage care service of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
“Think and talk about commitment in positive terms,” Mark O’Connell advises couples in The Marriage Benefit. Nowadays, he says, “commitment can legitimately be considered a radical, even ‘cool’ choice, not a conventional one.”