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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146211069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462110698
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So, I was motivated to read this book to gain perspective on how to keep that priority in place.
EHC
When this book came up for review, I nearly dismissed it, but my husband said, "Hey, it never hurts to learn something new and we can't take what we have for granted."
Holly
Congratulations Jerry you have conceptualized and articulated powerful principles in building and growing strong marriages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele, OR on May 10, 2013
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Thank you Dr. Jerry L. Cook and Sarah L Cook for my own autographed copy of Grow Your Marriage by Leaps and Boundaries. I have read it and highly recommend its content! I particularly appreciated Chapter 5 regarding Marriage Boundaries and Social Networking. Congratulations Jerry you have conceptualized and articulated powerful principles in building and growing strong marriages.
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I'm not used to conflict in my marriage but my husband are in a unique situation where fostering children has opened the door for adopting children and my husband and I are not currently on the 'same page'. We are religious and both continue to pray for guidance on what is best for our family. I had a friend remind me that although my heart is wrapped around these three little princesses now in our home, my marriage is the most important thing and my husband comes first. So, I was motivated to read this book to gain perspective on how to keep that priority in place. Even good things can threaten a marital relationship if it is not the right thing at the right time and accepted by both parties.

What has helped me the most is the dialog in each chapter. I realized, humbly, that I am not skilled in communicating when there is a stress or conflict. Sometimes Dr. Cook starts with an example of how a conversation typically would go when couples are not 'on the same page'. Then he gives another example of how it could have gone better and explains why. Often, he even adds a third and 'best' example of how to communicate when their is conflict in a specific situation. Just this valuable insight into effective communicating while under stress has made my purchase of this book worth it.

I also realized that there are things that I do, innocently enough, that could make my husband feel second to someone else. Dr. Cook covers many 'boundary' possibilities but in a way that is not preachy or all-inclusive. He encourages couples to consider what is appropriate for their relationship, encouraging them to think about and communicate thoughts and feelings by putting specific questions and activities in each chapter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Brown on January 7, 2013
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Sometimes I think I get in a reading rut where I'm reading a lot of the same kinds of books. I think it's good to shake things up a bit and read outside my usual genres. This is the second self help type book I've read in the last month and it has felt good to entertain new ideas and take in some good advice on things that are important.

In this book, author Jerry Cook discusses boundaries that we can set in marriages that will help strengthen and unite couples. While I was reading this book I can't tell you how many times I thought that I could have used this information 18 years ago! My husband and I have been married almost 19 years now and I'm pretty sure we hashed out boundaries the hard way over the years. But now, all these years later, I think they are well established and we are doing well. I shared with my husband lots of the information I was reading which lead to some good discussions (and some laughing).

I'm a girl that believes in marriage and family. My husband and my children are my everything. I believe in loyalty and fidelity. It takes hard work to create understanding and develop a marriage that works. Communication is key to that and I think this book does an excellent job of providing helpful ideas and ways to communicate with your spouse so that you can find what works for you.

I especially appreciated that the author didn't push one idea or theory as the right cure for everyone. He repeatedly expresses that every marriage is different and people are different so we need to find what works for us. Everyone's boundaries are going to be different. He just lays out some areas that are critical to communicate boundaries in and offers helps and ideas in how to accomplish this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly VINE VOICE on December 6, 2012
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I think it's easy to sit back and think that your marriage has no problems or issues. Well, mine is pretty darn good. That said, I don't think any marriage is perfect and we certainly have done a lot of communicating over the years and continue to do so. We've read books together and we talk about our relationship. I have learned a great deal over the years about communication with and respect for your spouse. When this book came up for review, I nearly dismissed it, but my husband said, "Hey, it never hurts to learn something new and we can't take what we have for granted."

I had never really looked at our relationship in terms of "boundaries" before. The word "boundary" can have a negative connotation if you imagine walls or fences. But when you think of boundaries as rules, there is freedom and respect instead of barriers.

When I think of boundaries, I think of the fact that my husband and I don't share intimate thoughts or personal conversations with friends or family. I know that my secrets or thoughts that I have shared with him are safe with my husband and he knows that his are safe with me. We don't cross that line.

Every marriage is different and every couple has or perhaps, doesn't have, their own boundaries. With chapters discussing physical boundaries, verbal and emotional boundaries, social relationships and networking, media, finances and employment, parenting and children, boundaries for each stage of marriage, roles and responsibilities, spiritual boundaries and expectation, this is a book for everyone. Read it all the way through, read just a chapter. Each chapter has questions as the end to think about and activities to do.
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