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The Marriage Turnaround: How Thinking Differently About Your Relationship Can Change Everything Paperback – January 1, 2009

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About the Author

MITCH TEMPLE serves as the director over marriage programs at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He represents Focus at national events, seminars, media interviews, and radio programs. Mitch is a published author in various professional journals, and co-author of two marriage books. He served for 23 years as pulpit and counseling pastor, specializing in crisis, business, and marriage and family related issues. He and his wife of over 25 years have three children and live in Colorado.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802450148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802450142
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mitch is a noted author, speaker and expert in the relationship field and offers simple, practical and encouraging guidance.

Bio: Mitch has been married to Rhonda for 30 years. They have 3 grown children. One grand baby!

Mitch Temple Overview of Experience and Services:

Over 25 year's experience in church and nonprofit work in Marriage and Family Ministry. Served 14 years at same church.
Served 6 years as Co- Founder and Director of Focus on the Family's Marriage Department.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Endorsed by nations top Marriage and Family experts- Dr. John Trent, Dr. Gary Smalley, Dr. Gary Rossberg and many others.
Work as a Family and Marketing Consultant on Christian and Family Films such as Fireproof, Gracecard, SoulSurfer, Courageous and October Baby.
Holds two graduate degrees in Ministry and Marriage and Family Therapy
Author and Co-author of 5 Marriage and Family Books (The Marriage Turnaround, First Five Years of Marriage...).
Produced 3 DVD series for Focus on the Family and other Christian Organizations.
Produced, Co-Produced Large National Level live events : Focus on Marriage, other national level events.
Executive Director: The Fatherhood CoMission
Professor- Marriage and Family for over 13 years in a Christian University. Authored Text on How to Help Others in Crisis
Presented Marriage and Family material to crowds from 200 to over 100,000
Conducts One Night/ Three Hour Marriage Workshops for Couples. Conducts weekend seminars and retreats.
Worked with churches and organizations for numerous years on how to help strengthen Marriages and Families.
Help churches and organizations with marketing and program development.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rev4u VINE VOICE on February 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
While our society has become increasingly self-absorbed, out of touch with its past and future, and totally engulfed in the moment where everyone is seeking decadence and immediate self-gratification-comes a timely and delightful book by Mitch Temple that focuses on saving relationships and marriages.
The author has tailored a faith-based book with real-life stories and biblical solutions that are laced with psychology and common sense to fit the problem of divorce that has plagued our Bible-belt states and our entire nation. Mitch tackles the various myths that infect a marriage and destroy it. The viral infection is engendered by preconceived notions about life, people, and marriage, as well as cognitive distortions that couples carry on like a disease. The Marriage Turnaround attempts to debunk these myths and cleanse the infected mind with biblical and commonsensical recommendations that will help the individuals overcome their erroneous destination.
The book also discusses the most common distortions that couples practice in their daily lives, like "attitude don't really count," "I need to change my spouse," "happiness is everything," "a crisis means we're over," "I shouldn't have to ask," and "marriage is just too hard." Each distortion is covered in one chapter that guides the reader into acquiring practical solutions to overcome these distortions.
The book is designed for the religious in heart to give him or her hope and tools to survive a stormy relationship. However, it tends to over-focus at times on the role of Satan in the creation of these problems, rather than focus on the role of man, choice, and responsibility.
Temple's book informs, instructs, and impels. The quotes that begin each chapter will make you think and ponder your own relationship. The writing style is simple, frank, and clear. It will provide the reader with insight and directions to change him/herself and improve their marriages.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Janna R. Ryan on April 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
"The Marriage Turnaround" is the kind of book that should be given as wedding presents, engagement gifts, anniversary gifts and to any couple who just wants to improve their relationship. It is easy to read with short chapters that would be good to read together or separate and then discuss. Of course, you will get a lot out of it by reading it alone as well (I know I did). It is full of lots of common sense advice (don't be rude just because you're married, treat your spouse as you would like to be treated, etc...) but it is well put and humorous. If we followed the advice in this book, the divorce rate would drop tremendously. You could say that about a lot of marriage books, but this book is one that I think people would actually read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Avalos on March 12, 2009
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This book has been an answer to prayer. My wife and I were on the verge of
seperation if not worse. After seeing the movie Fireproof, I went to to buy the book, when it gave me the option or suggestion of this book. Something inside me told me to get this book as well. Let me tell you it has paid off, not only are we still together but by reading this book and by the grace of the Almighty God, I found a renewed live for my wife. The Marriage Turnaround is worth the investment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on June 10, 2009
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Through his decades of counseling married couples --- and his own 26 years of marriage --- Mitch Temple has come to one overarching conclusion about most marital problems: The fault lies not with the specific problems in the marriage but with the faulty thinking that each spouse brings to the marriage. Rather than treating marital problems symptomatically, Temple believes couples need to get to the root of their problems and transform the distorted thinking.

THE MARRIAGE TURNAROUND exposes a dozen myths based on flawed thinking that threaten to destroy otherwise salvageable relationships. Among the myths: happiness is everything, courtesy isn't necessary, conflict is bad, marriage is too hard, attitudes don't count and crisis equals the end. Those and half-dozen others contribute to a seething undercurrent of anger and resentment.

"If you are angry, afraid, resentful, jealous, or depressed --- in other words, if you are struggling with negative emotions --- the fault may lie in your thinking," Temple writes. "Cognitive therapists operate on the theory that distorted thinking lies at the root of most of these negative emotions. These therapists help their clients identify the distorted thinking, understand what is distorted about it, and then correct it so that emotional healing can begin."

That process is crucial for couples in trouble to undertake, Temple says, because distorted thinking creates ruts that keep couples stuck and gets them mired more deeply into the muck that bogged down the relationship to begin with. Temple singles out nagging and defensiveness as two such ruts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 24, 2009
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Marriage Turnaround was a great read for those in any type of serious relationship; whether you are married or not. If you are serious about your partner and truly concerned about their needs, this book will help you to be open, fair and honest with yourself. There will need to be changes on both parts however it may just need to start with you.

I have recommended this book to my friends couple therapy group.

Great read!
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