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Making Love Last Forever Paperback – September 14, 1997
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1. How to Address Unresolved Anger.
2. Balancing Expectations With Reality.
3. Five Vital Signs of a Healthy Marriage.
4. Better Communication.
5. Understanding Personality Types (this was my personal favorite, more about that later).
6. How to Bring the Best Out of Your Mate.
7. Dealing With Conflicts.
8. Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage.
I particularly liked the chapter on the different personality types. According to Smalley, there are four basic personality types that can be characterized by animals. While each person probably has characteristics of each, one or two most likely dominate:
1. Lion - likes to be in charge and can be a bit too pushy.
2. Otter - enjoys being with people but can lack focus.
3. Golden Retriever - loyal but can be too easily hurt.
4. Beaver - consistent but can be too critical.
Smalley takes the four types, describes their strengths and weaknesses, and suggests how to deal with each type and how each type can address their own negative tendencies. A very interesting chapter.
Read the book and be encouraged and challenged to work at having a better marriage. Highly recommended!
Well, and now that I've said that, I read it so long ago, I can't remember all the specific pearls of wisdom that I gleaned from this book. But it was one of the transformational books for our marriage.
My husband likes to highlight in books and write in the margins. (Agh! Something I've learned to treasure instead of getting frustrated about.) So, when I flipped through this book, I noticed that he read about half way through. I'm thinking that either he read enough from this book that we grew together or the principles were so easy to discuss and practical to implement that I shared as I read and they resonated with him, too.
Just one of the nuggets we mined from this treasure trove of wisdom was the idea of asking your spouse every single day, "How can I honor you and bless you?" My husband has been devoted to asking this question ever since, (16 years?), and here's what happened: my three boys began asking me on a regular basis, "Mom, how can I honor you and bless you?" (Way to be amazing, Honey! I so admire what a loving husband you are and an awesome example to our sons!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really great book for couples who actually are trying to gain a better understanding of loving and respecting each other.Published 4 months ago by vemeccia
Good book, has not saved my marriage yet. Guess we need to follow the book and read it again.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The most beneficial chapter deals with personality trait and viewpoint differences that make all the difference in how people understand and relate to each other. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Create Change
I only wish i had read this book before my marriage fell apart. The insights here would have easily saved my marriage of eight years if i had read it a month or two prior. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Nninja
Absolutely love what I have read so far. Excellent book! Glad it was recommended by another book purchase. ;))) YAY!Published on February 16, 2014 by Sherry Adkins
absolutely great book- you will learn a lot about yourself reading it and will make you better as a couple.Published on January 24, 2014 by Hannah Roberts
The book was in great shape for a used book. The price was good. Also has Gary Smalley's signature in it. Arrived on time.