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Built To Last:: Designing & Maintaining a Passionate, Loving and Lasting Relationship Paperback – July 15, 2015
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Geoff Laughton is a relationship architect, master coach, author, presentational speaker, master NLP practitioner, and workshop facilitator who's spent the last 20 years sharing his expertise throughout the US. He's also spent the last 15 years leading scores of men deeper into both their hearts and living their soul's purpose. Geoff passionately helps his clients get powerful results in many life challenges—but, in particular, with the pain of being in a relationship that isn't working. With his continuous commitment to striving for higher realms of what's possible, Geoff has made learning to love full-out the legacy he would like to leave to his wife of 33 years, his grown sons, and the world.
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The book provides engaging anecdotes from his own life and from his twenty-plus years as a relationship coach. I appreciated how he wove both classic psychology (e.g. the importance of one’s family of origin) and contemporary studies (e.g. the psychology of happiness and the importance of vulnerability) into his experiences to back up what he was talking about. Geoff also provides tools for assessing your relationship, and exercises designed to bring you back online, so to speak, culminating in six key pathways to keeping the relationship going. If you enjoyed Brené Brown’s Power of Vulnerability, or if you’re looking for a perspective that doesn’t frame a relationship in terms of “fighting to get what you want” or "getting what you deserve", but rather acknowledges the difficult/rewarding work of maintaining healthy relationships with another human being, then try this book.
We all want a relationship with our partner that has passion, honesty, compassion and companionship. For that, you have two choices. You can wish and wait for a dream to come true. Or you can read this book and learn how to create that strong, intimate and mutually desired connection with your spouse that you’ve always wanted.
From a lifetime of working in the trenches and hearing all the stories/excuses told out loud to a therapist, Laughton delivers the best of insights in how to look at your relationship in a whole new light, and the practical steps to get you to the place in your heart and your life where you truly want to be. This book will shift your perspective, help you overcome the negative biases that you have about what is not possible and leads you to a new belief of what could be possible and real and joyous between you and that other very special person in your life.
As a woman reading this book written by a man, in men's language for men to read, I found the book both enjoyable and insightful. It holds profound insights into the male psyche, and how and why obviously intelligent, caring men so often seem oblivious, uncaring, and incomprehensible to women. It also explains why what seems to women like the obvious solution to a problem, so often feels impossible to men. This is a different sort of book--honest, approachable, and on a different level than other books on relationships. Geoff clearly knows of what he writes, but it's more than that. He tackles head on the issues that so often get swept under the rug, but with compassion and understanding rather than with blaming, shaming, or complex psychological jargon. He uses the language of real people describing real problems, and then he offers ways to prevent those problems ever happening, if you are contemplating or at the beginning of a relationship, and steps to begin to remedy the problem if it already exists. He does it all with humor, candor and obvious love for both his subject matter and his fellow human beings, men and women.
This book belongs in the hands of everyone who wants their relationships, at any stage, to be the very best they can be. Don't give up hope if your relationship is suffering. Let Built to Last, written by Relationship Architect Geoff Laughton, help you strengthen and redesign it.