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Twelve hours to a better marriage, questionable; 12 hours to read the book, feasible. Three of the team of authors who wrote Fighting for Your Marriage expand on that title's speaker-listener techniques with advice on commitment, forgiveness, and expectations. The program represents a no-fuss beginning point for couples starting to realize that marriage is hard work. The writing is direct and effective, and the entire exercise is palatably presented like a baseball game (first base is talking, second is having fun, and so on). The usual, undocumented "reference shows" vagaries abound, unfortunately, and advice, though sound, can be both unoriginal ("how you and your partner treat each other is key") and generic ("work to identify and decrease negative behaviors and increase positive ones"). Still, the techniques are workable and deceptively simple (e.g., "soften your tone"), even if they depend heavily on reader determination. Less a rescue manual for troubled marriages than a Cliff's Notes for a successful one, this is an optional purchase for public libraries, which might also consider Laurel Mellin's The Pathway: Follow the Road to Health and Happiness. (Library Journal, November 15, 2003)

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"This book makes lasting love achievable."
— John Gray, author, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"I love this book! It's like hiring your own top-notch relationship coach for twelve hours and getting a lifetime's worth of lessons for creating a loving, lasting marriage."
— Michele Weiner-Davis, author, The Sex-Starved Marriage and Divorce Busting

"It actually makes working on your marriage fun. In fact, it introduces an approach that believes having fun is one of the hallmarks of a successful marriage."
— Diane Sollee, smartmarriages.com, and founder and director of the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education

"Delivered in a personal and engaging style, the most helpful book yet from the 'dream team' of marriage educators."
— William J. Doherty, Ph.D., professor, University of Minnesota, and author of Take Back Your Marriage

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787968005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787968007
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My wife and I have enjoyed this book so much we have bought dozens of copies and provide them for couples with whom we counsel in the Marriage and Family Institute of Tulsa. It is well researced and has great illustrations. It's condensed, but powerful approach to the marriage relationship is something that men seem to enjoy. Where we've had trouble getting men to read other books, they seem to benefit by this one. Easy to read. Well researched, good illustrations. Best thing I liked was the help for speakers and listeners. Terry Bell (Author of "The Love Ethic")The Love Ethic
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This book is for couples that want to improve their realtionship. All the skills taught have been tested with research over the last 30 years. My relationship with my husband has improved greatly with these skills and so have couples I've worked with privately teaching these skills.
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After hitting a rough patch in our marriage, my husband and I decided we needed some help. We are only a few chapters into this book (we read it together and discuss the chapter twice a week) but I can say that it has already had amazingly positive effects on our marriage. My husband and I have been together for over nine years, and until we hit this rough patch in our marriage, I believed that our communication skills were way better then most couples we knew. I was wrong. The best thing that I can say is that my husband is on board and we are doing this together. It feels great to actually be able to talk to my husband on a deeper level then either of us ever knew that we could.
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I was asked to teach a class at church on marriage so I needed a couple of books to research. This was my most useful tool. The information is relevant to modern day marriages and offers practical solutions to potential problems. If you can only purchase one book to help improve your relationship, this book is my recommendation.
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I am a PREP instructor and use this book in my classes. I find that my couples enjoy the book and find it easy to understand. It is in simple english and has exercises for couples to complete to have an opportunity to practice what they have learned. I recommend the book for couples that are struggling in their relationship and for those who want to make it even stronger.
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For anyone wishing to enhance their marriage experience, this is the book for you. Very well written with no psychobable to confuse and confound the reader. I highly recommend it.
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By tamias on September 8, 2013
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This book is head and shoulders above the rest mostly because it's better researched than almost every other book out there. This isn't just a bunch of thoughts about marriage or advice. It's a comprehensive course with tools to help you in your marriage put together by team of experts who have researched what makes a marriage successful, or not, for years and years before writing this books. The suggestions they make have been tried, tested, adjusted, and refined. It doesn't matter where you are in your marriage currently- this will help you improve it. I had high hopes when I bought it and was still very impressed.
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The best practical marriage book for new couples. Teaches you how to listen so that you can convey that you understand the other person. Communication is vital to a marriage, but how do you really communicate? Ever get in a conversation with your spouse where you go round and round; the whole time you are thinking, "They just don't seem to understand what I am saying!". This book gives you the technique to turn that around. It is not easy, but with a little discipline, you can learn to talk with your spouse, and really understand each other.
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