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Luskin, the director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects (a series of research projects that investigate forgiveness methods), reworks his 2002 Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness, now focusing on marriage. Citing numerous studies (mostly his own), Luskin explores forgiveness as a means to a successful relationship, explains its multiple benefits, reviews its four stages, presents a seven-step plan toward achieving it, and emphasizes the difference between forgiving in a specific situation and actually becoming a more forgiving person. No-nonsense writing and numerous lists provide accessibility and achievability. Luskin has an unfortunate tendency to tell the reader how the book will help instead of letting the many anecdotes he's gleaned from his research and private practice speak for themselves; also, an index would have been useful. That said, only a handful of older, specifically religious titles exclusively address this subject, among them Paul W. Coleman's The Forgiving Marriage: Resolving Anger and Resentment and Rediscovering Each Otherand Lewis B. Smede's The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive and Don't Know How. An innovative, research-based approach recommended for public libraries.