Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted

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Couples can make love last, says psychotherapist and clinical social worker Marcia Naomi Berger. They just need to learn how. Her prescription is deceptively simple: have an interruption-free thirty-minute (or even shorter) meeting each week and follow an agenda that includes the kind of appreciation and planning for fun that foster intimacy and pave the way for collaborative conflict resolution. With this book, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate and connect with your spouse each week, and for a ...
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Overview


Couples can make love last, says psychotherapist and clinical social worker Marcia Naomi Berger. They just need to learn how. Her prescription is deceptively simple: have an interruption-free thirty-minute (or even shorter) meeting each week and follow an agenda that includes the kind of appreciation and planning for fun that foster intimacy and pave the way for collaborative conflict resolution. With this book, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate and connect with your spouse each week, and for a lifetime, with step-by-step guidelines that walk you through the four parts of a marriage meeting: expressing appreciation, coordinating chores, planning for good times, and resolving problems. Inspiring real-life stories demonstrate how transformative these brief meetings can be. The communication tips and techniques Berger has gleaned from helping hundreds of couples will guide you toward a deeper, more lasting love.
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“Gives couples what we all long for: a simple way to connect lovingly every week, grow in intimacy, and smoothly handle whatever comes up.”
Edward M. Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction

“The perfect book for the twenty-first-century marriage. A practical, easy way to increase intimacy, romance, and teamwork and resolve conflicts more smoothly.”
Susan Page, author of How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together

“A clear, well-organized, and easy-to-use book that will lead to a satisfying marriage. This could be the best investment for happiness you’ll ever make!”
Jon Carlson, PsyD, EDD, distinguished professor, Governors State University

“Marcia Naomi Berger has nailed the essentials required for growing a great marriage....I am grateful to her for writing this book because I now have a practical, inspirational guide to recommend to my students and marriage-counseling clients.”
— from the foreword by Linda Bloom, coauthor of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608682232
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 629,019
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW, leads dynamic marriage and communication workshops and is a popular speaker at conferences. In addition to working as a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael, California, she teaches continuing education classes for psychotherapists and counselors.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Foreword by Linda Bloom
Introduction

Part I: Preparing for Your Marriage Meetings

Chapter 1: Marriage Meeting Basics: Overview and Techniques
Chapter 2: Debunking Marriage Myths

Part II: Conducting the Four Parts of a Marriage Meeting

Chapter 3: Expressing Appreciation
Chapter 4: Coordinating Chores
Chapter 5: Planning for Good Times
Chapter 6: Addressing Problems and Challenges

Part III: Communication Skills for Effective Meetings

Chapter 7: I-Statements
Chapter 8: Self-Talk
Chapter 9: More Communication Techniques for Marriage Meetings

Part IV: Transforming Relationships with Marriage Meetings

Chapter 10: Opposites Attract, and Then What?: Ken and Lauren
Chapter 11: Resolving an In-law Issue: Ned and Amy
Chapter 12: Handling a Money Conflict: Sally and Michael
Chapter 13: Couple Progresses from Verbal Abuse to Healthier Relating: Wendy and Zack
Chapter 14: Marriage Meeting Techniques Support Couple Therapy: Oliver and Robin

Conclusion
Appendix A. The Marriage Meeting Agenda: A Quick-Reference Guide
Appendix B: The Feelings and Needs Inventory
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Reading List
Index
About the Author

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    In her book, Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a We

    In her book, Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted, author and therapist Marcia Naomi Berger asserts that great marriages are set apart from okay ones by the quality of love and depth of intimacy that spouses share.  She purposes to help couples enhance the quality of their time together with weekly marriage meetings, resulting in both stronger and happier marriage.

    Berger’s marriage meetings consist of four parts.  During “Appreciation,” spouses take uninterrupted turns sharing what they appreciated about their partner during the previous week.  “Chores” focuses on teamwork as couples share what needs to be done, set priorities and guidelines, and decide who will do each task.  “Plan for Good Times” sees spouses planning dates, which fosters romance and intimacy.  It may also include scheduling family time and individual activities.  “Problems and Challenges” allows each spouse to bring up concerns.  Then spouses resolve issues together with kindness and respect.

    Throughout the book, Berger offers countless practical suggestions and guidelines for marriage meetings.  She also debunks some common marriage myths and offers ideas for developing healthy communication and conflict resolution skills.

    Of course, the big question is:  Do marriage meetings work?  Berger claims that half the couples who attended her marriage meeting workshops continued meetings after the workshop, and “every one of those couples reported a happier, more loving relationship.”

    Honestly, I review Christian books, but this book caught my attention because it addresses issues that so many marriages today lack:  the quality of love and depth of intimacy necessary to withstand the difficulties of life.  In fact, many today don’t even believe in the sanctity of marriage.  I do.  So when the author took this stance in her introduction, I knew this was one secular book I could recommend.  She said, “I believe in marriage.  Some people, disillusioned with high divorce rates and unhappy unions, claim that marriage is obsolete.  But now, like never before, you can create the marriage you’ve always wanted, a fulfilling one that fosters vitality and growth in both of you.”

    The whole concept of a marriage meeting resonates with me.  I look forward to implementing marriage meetings in my own marriage and seeing our love and intimacy grow.  And even if my husband and I don’t begin marriage meetings straight away, I know I’ll benefit every day from some of the author’s strategies for communication—using I-statements, responding instead of reacting, and practicing active listening.  I know the practical exercises Berger suggests for each the parts of the marriage meeting will also help me to better communicate with my husband.

    All in all, this is a great book to help couples foster a stronger, deeper, more loving relationship.  I highly recommend it whether you’re newly married or you’ve been married for a long time.  No marriage is perfect, and good marriages take work.  This practical, helpful book can help spouses take a weak marriage and strengthen it, or it can help make a good marriage great.

    *Note:  I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review.  However, the opinions expressed are my own.

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