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Relationship Rescue: A Seven-Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Creating, Improving, and Rescuing Your Relationships

Relationship Rescue is my pick as the top book of 2000. This book deserves many more than five stars. It is as close as you can get to having a hands-on guide to improving your relationships as you can get without having a trained counselor present. It's too ba...
Relationship Rescue is my pick as the top book of 2000. This book deserves many more than five stars. It is as close as you can get to having a hands-on guide to improving your relationships as you can get without having a trained counselor present. It's too bad that most people will take on this book because they have a bad or failing relationship. It would be much better to start with this approach in the beginning. I hope marriage advisors, parents, living together couples, and engaged people will become familiar with this book and recommend it to others. The book is extremely direct. The author makes it clear that you have to first change yourself before you can change you relationship. The book is extremely well structured for easy use both as a book and as a workbook. It is divided into seven steps (define and diagnose where the relationship is now; get rid of your wrong thinking about relationships; find out what you are doing to hurt the relationships; internalize the values needed to build and maintain strong relationships; the necessary format for a strong relationship; and how to reconnect and manage the relationship). Each section is filled with diagnostic questions for you and your partner to use, as well as directions for implementing what you learn. The process involved is a good one. It begins with identifying stalled thinking, works on stallbusting that thinking, and then builds new habits that will work better. The steps are extensive, but you can take them in bite-sized amounts. Before you are done, you will be sharing what you have done with your partner. I have to believe that anyone who was told that their partner had been working on these questions and exercises would be very impressed by the commitment to the relationship that this effort represented. It can help overcome a lot of thoughtlessness that may have preceded that sharing. If your relationship is on the rocks, that idea of reconnecting can be scary. I was impressed to see that the book provides a 14 day program to help you with exercises that help reconnect you emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Most counselors would probably not give you this much guidance. You can improve the benefits you will find here by also using the excellent workbook that is sold separately. It contains many more questions and a convenient place to write them down. You can read my review of that as well, if you like. One of the finest things in life is to have a great relationship with other people. This book gives you the necessary background to move in that direction. The rest is up to you, as the author says. Give it a shot! You have a great quality of life to win! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

posted by Anonymous on March 31, 2001

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Oprah likes him, but he didn't help me

I gave this book a try. But, like so many books on relationships, this book with its 'ten relationship values' is oversimplified. Once my husband (17 years) fell madly in love with someone at work, no book would have salvaged the situation. I am not playing victim o...
I gave this book a try. But, like so many books on relationships, this book with its 'ten relationship values' is oversimplified. Once my husband (17 years) fell madly in love with someone at work, no book would have salvaged the situation. I am not playing victim or showing 'learned helplessness'. My ex husband had decided to leave us, period, whether I read some book or not. In summary I feel McGraw is way too optimistic believing that every relationship can be salvaged. Rather than 'Relationship Rescue', the book should be titled 'Relationship Values' and given to new couples, so that you build a strong relationship in the first place. Dr Phil refers to his grandparents' 55 year marriage and that's heartwarming, but it just isn't possible for everyone.

posted by Anonymous on July 21, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    Strength!!

    What I like about this book is the toughness of it. Relationships are tough. Solving problems in them means facing the problems directly. A good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Not My Cup Of Tea

    This method isn't something for everyone but interesting and well written for the most part. Check it out at the library first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    Straight Talk - No Fluff

    Dr Phil, tells it like it is and it does not matter if you feel bad. Because by being honest with my self I learned I had to face what i felt bad about to fell great. There is only person in this world I can change and that is me. When I made changes to that one person every one changed too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Powerful and Practical

    Useful Ideas. Some were very useful for my relationship. Some ideas were a little confusing, maybe it was how it was written. But all in all very valuable I felt. So did my wife! Another book I loved about how have better communication with everyone in your life is the new book by Ariel and Shya Kane. They are WISE teachers and guides in how to have a fantastic relationship!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2000

    Fabulous

    I am half way through this book and the insights into myself, finally seeing the things I have been doing in my relationship has been very eye opening. I am now moving towards getting rid of my bad spirits and incorporating my Personal Relationship Values into everyday life. I just hope I havent found this too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    Serious advice for a serious relationship

    I really appreciate the author's candor and straight forward approach to building strong relationships. I have had the chance to recommend this book to many friends who are having marriage problems and it has helped.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    RELATIONSHIP RESCUE IS WITHIN YOU

    DR. PHIL'S CONCEPT IS AN OLD ONE. SIMPLY PUT, BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE AND YOU BRING THE BEST OUT OF OTHERS. THIS AUDIO BOOK OPEN MY HEART AND SOUL TO MY PARTNER. I AM AT PEACE WITH MYSELF.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Another encouraging book by Dr. McGraw

    I'm always grateful to find a book with content and substance, and like in his 'Life Strategies' book, Dr. McGraw offers excellent advice in his new book. This one is centered around relationships and while he takes the subject seriously, the frequent anecdotes are refreshing and inspiring. Relationships can truly work. I really recommend this book and I'm sure every reader will get something valuable out of it. Another book that is also very helpful on the subject of relationships as it shows us that in order to have great relationships and to love others, we must first learn to love ourselves in the right way, is Dietmar Scherf's 'Depression: Avoiding and Overcoming: I Love Me' -- also availabe at bn.com

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