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World Class Marriage: How to Create the Relationship You Always Wanted with the Partner You Already Have [Kindle Edition]

Patty Howell , Ralph Jones
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Millions of American marriages have failed or will fail, resulting in what the authors see as a social epidemic that brings devastating consequences to the couple, their children, and to the economic and social fabric of society. Building upon their notion of the 16 'pillars' that promote a healthy and rewarding marriage, the authors present a structure for relationship success that is built upon groundbreaking information about what does and does not work in relationships and the conditions that promote growth and intimacy. This approach offers couples a powerful toolbox for eliminating behaviors that damage their relationship and pumping up the behaviors that promote love, caring, closeness and cooperation. World Class Marriage is a book all couples who want to see their marriages last should read and share.

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite all the books, magazine articles, and talk shows full of advice for couples, many marriages still end in divorce. Yet Howell and Jones, relationship educators who work with the California Healthy Marriages Coalition and have been married for 30 years, believe the answers to making a relationship flourish already exist in groundbreaking research that is "largely buried in professional literature of which most couples are unaware." They've set out to change that by distilling their findings into "16 pillars" necessary to "elevate" a marriage to "world class" status. Organized as chapters, many of their pillars illuminate the self-destructive ruts couples can find themselves in. Others, such as "Using Power," "Listening," and "Knowing When to Surrender," outline steps that can be taken to heal a wounded psyche. "Growing Yourself" and "Changing Behaviors, not Your Partner" are especially helpful, as psychology has made abundantly clear that change, within a relationship or otherwise, usually only comes from within. Couples who are committed to improving their relationship will find this a supportive guide.
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World Class Marriage is a great book. It's fun and easy to read, but so rich with valuable nuggets. I've found myself going back into the book many times. Highly recommended. (Dennis Stoica, President of the California Healthy Marriages Coalition )

The ideas in this book carry the trademark of two experienced communications trainers: Patty and Ralph. Here are powerful tools and ideas. I recommend them to any couple interested in adding satisfaction to their relationship. (Joek I. Vader-deGraaff, Adult Educator and President of JoeCom Trainingen )

Wow! And wow again! My wife and I are both thrilled and inspired to see what you've created with World Class Marriage. (H. Tucker Upshaw, Ph.D., Co-Principal, Upshaw Management Consulting )

The authors give an authentic, knowledgeable and easy to follow description of the most important nurturing and damaging factors of a marriage, You learn from this eye-opening book meaningful insights and practical advice that will help you clean the dust out of your marriage. (Dr. Zsuzsa Varkonyi, psychologist and author )

Ralph and Patty have succeeded in writing about important matters in a comprehensive book written in simple language that anyone can understand! (Annet Bakker-Brouwer, Psychologist, co-founder Netherlands Effectiveness Training )

World Class Marriage has wisdom that will help every relationship flourish-with your spouse, family, coworkers, friends. This is an outstanding read! (Harville Hendrix, Ph.D, author of Getting the Love You Want )

Korean family ministry leaders feel deeply enriched by the gorgeous vision of World Class Marriage (WCM) constructed on the 16 pillars. We are eager to deliver the beautiful gift of WCM to all Koreans! (Dr. Eun Soon Yang, Founder and President, HIS University, Corona, CA )

If you are thinking of getting married, this book will help you avoid mistakes and sleepless nights. If your marriage has lost its freshness and become dry, this book will help you bring new emotional intensity and enjoyment each day. And if your marriage is badly disturbed, this book will help you trust once more in your relationship being able to bounce back into shape. (Dr. Karlpeter Breue, President of the Academy for Person-Centered Psychology, Bonn, Germany )

For me, World Class Marriage is a tremendous and quite practical book that is very easy to read. Its 16 Pillars are extraordinary for helping Hispanic couples move toward a fantastic and happy marriage. Read it with an open heart. (Bishop John Sanchez, Apostolic Assembly, Southern California District )

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have found the information to be very relevant and accessible for clients, Thank you for writing it! (Nicolee McMahon, Marriage and Family Therapist )

Here is solid and deeply supportive wisdom for all the couples in the world who want to be alive and fully present with each other. Doctors, psychotherapists, and teachers yearn for such an engaging, direct, and hopeful guidebook, both for their own inspiration and for the kitchen tables of those who seek their counsel. (Mary McAulay Boyvey, MSW, LCSW, BCD, C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco )

A World Class Marriage brings the fulfillment of a love relationship within reach. It offers the cutlery that is needed for a relationship feast. The book gives you immediately applicable skills and brilliant insights into the mysteries of love. (Anky Floris, Life Coach and author of Recipes for a Spicy Relationship and The Inspirational Life-art Cardgame )

I just got my copy of the new edition of World Class Marriage: How to Create the Relationship You Have Always Wanted with the Partner You Already Have. There are so many marriage books (I receive several each week), but this one stands out and I want to give it my highest recommendation. In fact I'd go so far as to say if you can only buy one marriage education *how to* book this year, or are looking for one to give to your married kids or friends, this is it. It is incredibly helpful, practical, and loaded with everything a couple needs, but what makes it so especially useful is that it is delightfully written. It's easy to read, hard to put down. This one they'll read. (Diane Sollee, director, www.SmartMarriages.com )

Despite all the books, magazine articles, and talk shows full of advice for couples, many marriages still end in divorce. Yet Howell and Jones, relationship educators who work with the California Healthy Marriages Coalition and have been married for 30 years, believe the answers to making a relationship flourish already exist in groundbreaking research that is 'largely buried in professional literature of which most couples are unaware.' They've set out to change that by distilling their findings into '16 pillars' necessary to 'elevate' a marriage to 'world class' status. Organized as chapters, many of their pillars illuminate the self-destructive ruts couples can find themselves in. Others, such as 'Using Power,' 'Listening,' and 'Knowing When to Surrender,' outline steps that can be taken to heal a wounded psyche. 'Growing Yourself' and 'Changing Behaviors, not Your Partner' are especially helpful, as psychology has made abundantly clear that change, within a relationship or otherwise, usually only comes from within. Couples who are committed to improving their relationship will find this a supportive guide. (Publishers Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXB8I0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Tools October 10, 2011
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This is such a great book on marriage, but almost all the tools and skills taught are applicable to every relationship we have. Not just a vague glimpse or ideas about what a "good" relationship should look like, but real applications that we can put to work immediately. One step at a time, the authors lead us into deeper, workable and more meaningful relationships with those we love. It never ceases to amaze me how some of us can grow into adults without knowing how to truly put our feelings and emotions into check and change our love from a thought or emotion into an action. This book will help you do that in some very basic-though not always easy-ways.
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I write to help readers create more satisfaction from their relationships and enrich their lives. My interest is in taking key insights from research literature that only professionals generally read and turning these into nuggets of gold that are useful for everyone. Join the World Class Marriage Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Class-Marriage/280833911023


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