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Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts Hardcover – October 2, 2006
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From the Back Cover
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, created by relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, is a comprehensive marriage program designed specifically for today's couples by a couple. And now, in this updated edition, the Parrotts' award-winning approach has been expanded to incorporate ten more years of feedback, research, and professional experience.
This is more than a book--it's practically a self-guided premarital counseling course, and it is used by counselors and churches across the country and, now in ten languages, worldwide. Questions at the end of every chapter help you explore each topic personally. Companion men's and women's workbooks* full of self-tests and exercises help you apply what you learn and enjoy intimate discussions along the way. There is even a seven-session DVD kit (with a bonus session for people entering a second marriage) available that you can use on your own or with other couples in a group or a class that want to grow together. In this dynamic DVD you'll not only hear entertaining and insightful teaching from The Parrotts, but you'll also meet other real-life couples who provide amazing candor and perspective.
Relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott show you the secrets to building a marriage that lasts.
â¢ Uncover the most important misbeliefs of marriage
â¢ Learn how to communicate with instant understanding
â¢ Discover the secret to reducing and resolving conflict
â¢ Master the skills of money management
â¢ Get your sex life off to a great start
â¢ Understand the three essential ingredients to lasting love
â¢ Discover the importance of becoming soul mates â¦ and more.
Make your marriage everything it is meant to be. Save your marriage--before (and after) it starts.
About the Author
A psychologist and a marriage and family therapist, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are founders of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. Their bestselling books include Love Talk, Crazy Good Sex The Complete Guide to Marriage Mentoring, and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Their work has been featured in The New York Times and USA Today, and they have appeared on CNN, O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Today Show, The View, and Oprah. They live with their two sons in Seattle. Visit LesandLeslie.com.
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At first, I didn't think it would be helpful but it was a great way to ask easy and difficult questions about myself and to each other.
After reading this book, we read two other marriage counseling related books and I recommend this book the most.
To summarize what I found personally beneficial:
1) Not overwhelming:
I liked how it's organized by questions. Rather than explaining a lot of contents, it was easy to apply to real life and seemed more practical.
2) Good way to get to know your spouse:
You can never say you know someone perfectly well. Reading this book together with my husband helped me to understand him more
3) Quality time:
What we did was that we read each chapter a week (not together, separately) and set a time to share and discuss what we liked and what our thoughts on each topic.
I particularly recommend to couple who are planning a wedding. Planning a wedding can be stressful and this may help you to bring the focus back to your relationship with your spouse from an event planning :)
Two of my favorable tips from this book are:
1- The most important characteristic of a marriageable person is the habit of happiness.
2- Four styles of miscommunication from family therapist Virginia Satir
There are some other tips that most of us are familiar with such as the differences of men and women and so on.
My wife and I are both really active in our walks with the Lord and were having the serious talks of all things relationship like on our 2nd date, so we did find that a lot of this book was stuff we'd already gone over and wasn't challenging us as we walked towards marriage.
I think it's a fantastic read for most couples as they walk towards marriage and premarital counseling.