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Relationships: How to Make Bad Relationships Better and Good Relationships Great Paperback – April 29, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310242665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310242666
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Today more than ever, people long for connection. The Relationships Groupware helps people build strong, lasting bonds. In 6 sessions, relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott take participants below the surface to the depths of building vital, satisfying connections. Drawing on the latest research, they provide cutting-edge tools to handle hard times and to really succeed at forging strong, rewarding relationships with friends, with the opposite sex, with family, and with God. Besides a brief message to group leaders and a promotional section for recruitment purposes, the 60-minute video includes 6 discussion jump-starts by the Parrotts. Introducing key concepts, these provide insightful, stimulating introductions to the following sessions: The Compulsion for Completion Keeping Family Ties from Pulling Strings Crossing the Gender Line Friends to Die For What to Do When Friends Fail? Relating to God Without Feeling Phony These hour-long interactive sessions will help participants learn who they are and what they bring into relationships, learn the language of the opposite sex, build friendships that last, handle breakups without falling apart, build a deep relationship with God, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are co-directors of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University, a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of a good relationship. Les Parrott is a professor of clinical psychology, and Leslie is a marriage and family therapist, both at SPU. The Parrotts are authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, The Marriage Mentor Manual, Mentoring Engaged and Newlywed Couples (video Groupware kit), Questions Couples Ask, Like a Kiss on the Lips, Getting Ready for the Wedding, and Relationships. They are frequent guest speakers and have written for a variety of magazines. Their relationship work has been featured in USA Today and the New York Times as well as on CNN, Good Morning America, and Oprah --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

A lot of good useful information.
tim
The questions section at the end of every chapter helps bring out what you learned in the chapter and gives good focal points.
ramonadenice
I would highly recommended it to anyone that wants to have a happy and "everlasting" relationship.
Daryl Bragg

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are interested in buidling better friendships, wanting to improve your "Love IQ," or wanting to know how to break up and stay in one piece, this book will show you how. One of it's best features is the accompanying workbook with 40 self-tests. It's great!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This should be a prerequisite for every person graduating college, or even high school. Guides readers through relating to one's self, and then to other people and God. Easy to read, easy to understand, and such a life-changing topic!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Blake N. Hall on October 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that everyone that is dating, planing to begin dating or will be getting back into dating, needs to read. The authors have a God given gift of writing the truth in a way that is not offensive. This book should be a requirement for any person that you want to date, and of course a requirement for you too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Grafing on November 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm teaching this series right now to College Students. I believe this series will stay relevent for decades. The video is a bit dated, music, hairdos, clothes...but the information is PRICELESS!!! Drs. Les and Leslie---can you make a new DVD for this series?? No high school or college student should be without this teaching.
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The Relationships Workbook by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott was published in 1998 and then again in 2002. It's a great resource for looking at the needs of friendships and marriages. I'm currently looking at it again because of having a teenage daughter. There are chapters for further study that include "Falling in Love Without Losing Your Mind" and "The Bonds That Bind/Drawing the Line."
also include several other references to boks of interest on these topics.

For review, I plan to read again the following passages:

Genesis 29:18 tells the story of Jacob falling in love with Rachel.

Judges 16 shows the serious consequences of Samson losing his mind as he falls for Delilah.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 talks about the powerful experience of being in love.

For teens, the time considering their emotional bonding in their relationships in conjuction with the physical bonding is essential. Think of the "side hug" as a close bond with someone, being careful to make a commitment to another person before allowing oneself to express physical care. Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott site the following progression:

1. Eye to body
2. Eye to eye
3. Voice to voice
4. Hand to hand
5. Hand to shoulder
6. Hand to waist
7. Face to face

Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are co-directors of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University, a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of a good relationship. Les Parrott is a professor of clinical psychology, and Leslie is a marriage and family therapist, both at SPU.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was expecting a lot more from this book. However, it only provided surface-level insight where I was hoping the book would go more in-depth in relationship building.

After every few page, you're directed to do some exercise in the Relationships Workbook. Perhaps owning the workbook and completing the exercise would've helped me get more out of the book. However, I believe if the book stands alone, it should be able to complete its purpose alone as well.

Quick, easy read. However, if you're looking for much more than that... pass on this one.
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By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
If Les and Leslie were put on this Earth to teach, mentor and impart relationship truths...they have done an excellent job with this book! I honestly felt as if they had been ease dropping on every relationship that I have had. I wished that i'd read this book a lot sooner... it would have saved me a lot of heartache, money, and time I spent making a fool of my self with broken relationships. Open this book and save yourself a lot of sleepless nights while looking forward to more meaningful relationships!
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By Heavenstreasure on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book on relationships, very real and easy to read. The workbook makes things more personal and puts the chapters/sections that were read into perspective.
I'd recommend this book to especially young people who are serious about getting things right in relationships, whether it be parents, friends or girlfriend/boyfriend or even husband and wives.
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