Making Love Last Forever

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Best-selling author and relationship expert Gary Smalley presents three of his time-tested favorites in one quintessential volume. In Love is a Decision Smalley outlines practical techniques for keeping your marriage alive, and in Making Love Last Forever he reveals the proven secrets behind his love guarantee. In The Key to Your Child's Heart, Smalley offers simple principles and workable ideas for raising confident and responsible children while maintaining a close-knit ...
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Overview

Best-selling author and relationship expert Gary Smalley presents three of his time-tested favorites in one quintessential volume. In Love is a Decision Smalley outlines practical techniques for keeping your marriage alive, and in Making Love Last Forever he reveals the proven secrets behind his love guarantee. In The Key to Your Child's Heart, Smalley offers simple principles and workable ideas for raising confident and responsible children while maintaining a close-knit family.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In an age when the idyllic notion of everlasting love has been battered against the rocks of infidelity and divorce, ever-popular Christian counselor and writer Smalley (The Language of Love) offers his own tried and true methods for making love last forever. According to Smalley, the foundation of lasting love is falling in love with life itself. In the first section of the book, he explores principles for resolving anger, balancing expectations and reality and avoiding hurt. Using anecdotes from his counseling sessions and stories from his own marriage, Smalley fashions, in the second section of the book, a set of "forever-love" principles designed to help married couples improve their relationships. Some of the principles Smalley includes as essential ingredients for lasting love are better communication, understanding a spouse's personality type and using conflict to foster intimacy. Each chapter closes with a set of "forever-love" principles drawn from the topic of the chapter. In the end, however, Smalley's principles are not helpful because they are founded upon, and promote, conventional stereotypes of men as rational and aggressive and women as intuitive and passive. Unfortunately, only couples who accept these stereotypical gender roles are likely to benefit from his principles. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613138864
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gary Smalley, one of the foremost experts on family relationships, has written or cowritten more than sixty books and thirty-five videos, selling more than six million copies. With more than forty years of experience, he is a best-selling and award-winning author and has appeared on hundreds of local and national radio and television shows. He and his wife, Norma, have been married more than forty five years and have three grown children, all in full-time ministry.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Getting the Most from This Book xiii
Part I The Love-for-Life Factor: How to Fall in Love with Life
1. Love's Best-Kept Secret 3
2. The Number One Enemy of Love: Unresolved Anger 17
3. Seven Ways to Unload Unresolved Anger 35
4. You Can Turn Your "Sand Storms" into Pearls 55
5. How to Balance Expectations and Reality 71
6. Avoiding Hurt Is My Responsibility 87
7. Finding the Power to Keep Loving 103
Part II Forever-Love Principles: How to Stay in Love with Your Spouse
8. Five Vital Signs of a Healthy Marriage 123
9. The Number One Request: Better Communication 141
10. Understanding Personality Types: A Key to Lovability 159
11. How to Bring Out the Best in Your Maddening Mate 177
12. How to Read a Woman's Built-in Marriage Manual 197
13. Conflicts: The Doorway to Intimacy 213
14. Was That As Good for You As It Was for Me? 233
15. Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage 251
16. A Love That Lasts Forever 265
Appendix Three Character Qualities: Prerequisites to Dating for the Smalley Children 269
Notes 273
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