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ScreamFree Marriage: Calming Down, Growing Up, and Getting Closer Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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About the Author

HAL RUNKEL is a licensed marriage and family therapist, relationship coach, and international speaker. He is founder and President of The ScreamFree Institute—a not-for-profit dedicated to calming the world, one relationship at a time. Hal's principles have already helped thousands of families revolutionize their relationships. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two children just outside Atlanta, Georgia.
 
JENNY RUNKEL is a writer, editor, and high-school English teacher. While deftly managing her classroom of juniors & seniors, she also manages and helps produce the content on ScreamFree.com, the online presence of The ScreamFree Institute. Her humorous, insightful words reach tens of thousands sets of eyes & ears every month, including those of her husband, Hal, and their two children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767932773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767932776
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hal Runkel is a world-renowned expert on helping families face conflict and create great relationships. A licensed therapist, relationship coach, international speaker, and organizational consultant, Hal is the bestselling author of ScreamFree Parenting, and the newly released ScreamFree Marriage.

Hal is Founder and President of The ScreamFree Institute, an international training organization dedicated to calming the world, one relationship at a time. Here he has applied the most advanced approaches to family relationship theory in his practice, and developed the revolutionary ScreamFree Living methodology. Hal now presents the ScreamFree relationship programs to audiences around the world through live training events, teleconferences, webinars, and publications. In addition, he actively trains and supervises hundreds of other family professionals working to further the ScreamFree movement.

Hal and his message have been featured on over a thousand media outlets, including NBC's Today Show, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and The 700 Club, and with his wife, Jenny, hosted "ScreamFree Radio" on Atlanta's 750 WSB-radio.

He and Jenny have been married for 17 years, and they are raising their two teenagers in the Atlanta area.

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I picked up this book looking for tips to "fix" my husband ... because, of course, he was the one who needed all the fixing.

What I got instead was a lesson on taking personal responsibility for my own actions -- within marriage, parenting or any other relationships. The book helps you improve your relationships by focusing on your self first, not on others. By being your best self, you can change the dance with your partner and improve your marriage. It's very empowering and life changing.

The author writes in a style that has you laughing on one page and can bring tears to your eyes the next. He cushions the painful truth with humor. Great read / great wisdom.
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A couple of years ago, a friend gave me Hal's first book, ScreamFree Parenting. My friend didn't know I was a serious screamer with my kids but I'm so glad he gave it to me because it proved to be life-changing. In fact, I no longer consider myself a screaming mom. In my marriage, though, I've never been a screamer, so I wasn't sure how I'd respond to Hal's latest book, ScreamFree Marriage. Well, as he states in the book, not everyone "yells" when they scream. Some use the silent treatment, some cut off, etc. He does a good job of showing that all of those methods are still destructive to a good marriage. He also challenges the reader to focus on the only person they can control in the marriage: themselves. It's truly a challenge to grow up, take responsibility and grow closer to the one you love. I highly recommend this book!
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I loved the book ScreamFree Parenting, but was initially skeptical of this book. I thought that as a person with a very happy marriage, this book might not have as much to offer me, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The information offered in this book can immediately improve any marriage, I believe. I was immediately able to see my own behavior towards my spouse in a much finer, meaningful way and realized that my marriage could go from great to awesome if I applied this material. The book follows the same writing style as ScreamFree Parenting and the same concepts of "ScreamFree Principles" so readers who have read the Parenting version will find it familiar. It also has a new section called a "Lab" in which you can "test" your ability to apply the concepts in real-like scenarios that are presented in the book. I'm very happy I picked it up and would recommend it to just about anybody!
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It' so rare that I pick up a book about marriage these days and get excited. I'm a hardened marriage counselor and I've heard it all - most of which I either completely disagree with or am simply not impressed by. When I read the first few lines of Hal's preface in his new book ScreamFree Marriage: Calming Down, Growing Up, Getting Closer and got chills I knew I had a good one.
From the get go Hal lets his readers know that this is no ordinary marriage book. He asks readers to "Hold on" - to bear with him as he leads them step by step through the inherent challenges of marriage. At long last, a readable marriage book that asks more of married couples - that asks them to move past communication techniques and date nights. I'm recommending to all my clients and those who have read it are transformed by it. It helps give direction and focus to their hard work.
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I felt kind of embarrassed by the title, really--who wants to be a "Screamer"? Apart from that, though, this book is excellent.

The author has a wonderful sense of humor. He is very easy to relate to, and very forgiving of his readers. The things that he talks about in this book make a lot of sense, and he uses great examples.

I had some trouble with the "lab" exercises. In theory it seems like a great idea to practice the steps of calming down, growing up, and getting closer, but actually I felt less capable after completing the exercises because I couldn't think of good answers.

When I got to the last two chapters, I felt like I might not be good at this, but then the final chapters gave me a great sense of hope. I realized it didn't matter if I knew what the lab people could do or not. The really important thing is that I try to be the best wife I can be for my husband. The author draws everything together really neatly, and you leave the book feeling empowered and like you know exactly what to do. (Even if you didn't in the labs.)

Although I am just getting started, I have consciously tried to follow the "ScreamFree" steps a few times now. As my husband and I have had conflict I've tried to Calm Down, Grow Up, and Get Closer with the steps the author discusses. I don't know if I'm doing things perfectly, but I do feel like my relationship with my husband has improved from my "ScreamFree" interactions with him. Following the steps diffuses conflict and makes things a lot sweeter; it changes our patterns of interaction.

This book would make a GREAT gift for a couple who is getting married, or for newlyweds.
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The book is super, the concepts are really on target for so many people. This material reminds me: "You start going through the book, and then the book starts going through you." When I'm doing parenting... probably 1/4 of the questions are about parenting issues where one partner is on a different track.
ScreamFree Parenting addresses that, but THIS will help get those relationships repaired, or more functional. I find through the ScreamFree concept that easing a little of the parenting or family pressure gives a lot of hope.

I hear of many couples with young children & teens splitting up... a lot of it is partners finding a more "satisfying" relationship, perhaps through social media. ScreamFree Marriage hits those 2 main issues of BOREDOM and RESENTMENT (and other problems) straight on.

The video program will be great to add to my Premarital Coaching, as well as for my Marriage seminars themselves. Another great product from the team at [...]
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