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Elizabeth Weil’s book details marriage improvement efforts

  A book, “No Cheating, No Dying: I had a Good Marriage. Then I tried to Make it Better”,  resulted from Elizabeth Weil and her husband, Dan Duane’s work on their marriage, after a full-length article about her seeking for … Continue reading

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Powerful Non-Defensive Communication: A New Way to Communicate

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Saving marriages before they start

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The 3 most common mistakes that couples make

Dr. Bonnie Jacobson is the author of the book Choose to be Happily Married. She talks about the three common mistakes that couples make, among other topics, in a recent interview in The Bulletin. The three most common mistakes couples … Continue reading

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New book on history of marriage

In this insightful history, marriage counseling is shown to be a modern innovation in a world in which marital perfection has become an American ideal. In an interview with Rebecca Davis, the author of More Perfect Unions: The American Search … Continue reading

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Taking the War Out of Our Words by Sharon Ellison

This is a great book if you want to learn how not to jump to conclusions (which are often wrong) during your daily life, whether at work or home. A careful reading of Taking the War Out of Our Words … Continue reading

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The Relationship Handbook: A Simple Guide to Satisfying Relationships by George Pransky

This book, formerly published under the title “Divorce is Not the Answer”, is a simple, well thought-out and organized little book containing chapters on topics such as “A Fresh Start” and “Compatibility is Only a Thought Away”. Pransky is a … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman, author of the longstanding megaseller The Five Love Languages, uses his years of marriage counseling and leading marriage seminars as the basis for his thesis that marriages repeatedly go through periods that can be characterized by the seasons … Continue reading

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide by John Gottman

According to most relationship books, the key to a solid marriage is communication, communication, communication. Phooey, says John Gottman, Ph.D., author of the much-lauded Why Marriages Succeed or Fail. There’s much more to a solid, “emotionally intelligent” marriage than sharing … Continue reading

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Building a Love that Lasts: The Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage by Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz

In this best-selling book, America’s #1 love and marriage experts Drs. Charles D. and Elizabeth A. Schmitz show what it takes to create and sustain a long-term loving marriage. Step-by-step they reveal their “Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage” that … Continue reading

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How To Save Your Marriage From An Affair: Seven Steps To Rebuilding A Broken Trust by Ronnie Edell

A guide by the author of The Sexually Satisfied Woman explains why affairs happen, offers preventative advice, and presents a seven-step “reconstructive” program for couples who are willing to recommit to one another. Dr. Edell holds a Ph.D. in Leadership … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want a Divorce: A 90 Day Guide to Saving Your Marriage by David Clarke

What could be good about a bad marriage? The good news is, you can get beyond that old marriage and its destructive habits, and build a brand-new one with the same spouse. And you can do it in just 90 … Continue reading

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Money and Marriage Two: A Narrative Guide to Financial, Estate, and Retirement Planning in a Second Marriage by Jon Fitzpatrick

Money and Marriage Two: A Narrative Guide to Financial, Estate, and Retirement Planning in a Second Marriage is about law, money, and marriage. Each of us wants love and financial security, but there can be conflicting interests in a second … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for Blended Families: Providing for Your Spouse & Children in a Second Marriage

In almost half of all stepfamilies, each parent brings one or more children to a new marriage and while other books give general information about wills, trusts, and taxes, many of them may not apply to couples in second marriages. … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study

Twenty-five years ago, Judith Wallerstein began talking to a group of 131 children whose parents were all going through a divorce. She asked them to tell her about the intimate details of their lives, which they did with remarkable candor. … Continue reading

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Divorce and Money – How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce

In her book, Divorce and Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce, author Violet P. Woodhouse outlines important strategies for protecting your finances during divorce. Currently in its ninth edition, Ms. Woodhouse’s book has been hailed by … Continue reading

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Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family

About half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, and most of these divorces result in unnecessary collateral damage. Now there is a better way. In Collaborative Divorce, Pauline Tesler and Peggy Thompson, two pioneers in the … Continue reading

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Why Can’t You Read My Mind?

Bernstein, a psychologist specializing in couples and family therapy, and Magee (The Power of Positive Confrontation) offer partners a way to renew the spark in their relationships in this succinct self-help guide. They claim that one of the most significant … Continue reading

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Taking Space: How to Use Separation to Explore the Future of Your Relationship

With the high rate of divorce and breakups, marriage and family experts point to the fact that people don’t learn from the mistakes of a failed relationship and assume the next relationship will be better, making little effort to fix … Continue reading

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Fighting for your marriage

“A divorce prevention society should be formed to place a copy of this book in every hotel room in Niagara Falls-scratch that, every hotel room in this country. Every wife or husband struggling to say married, especially happily married, should … Continue reading

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