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A Love for All Time 9
Part 1 En/rapture
Chapter 1 Chasing the Magic 15
Isn't there more than this?
T is for transparency
V is for vulnerability
The virtue of neutral friends and guides
Part 2 De/construction
Chapter 2 Melting the Masks 45
The great pretender: how rare?
The absentee heart: when a partner wanders
A hidden self: addictions and self-destruction
Owning up to the mask: exploring the disconnect
Courtship and marriage: too often, the masks are still in place
Chapter 3 Crumbling the Walls 71
Same address, separate lives
Separation grows when we don't deal with it
The walls must come down
Walls have two sides
Crumbling the walls calls for more TV
Chapter 4 Busting the Ghosts 97
The sexual landscape of today's culture
Thoughts happen: here's what to do about them
Ghosts in the bedroom: passionate pictures
Working with God's design, not against it
Chapter 5 Dying to Self 119
Where did this come from? This isn't who I am!
Humble servants and servant leaders
Dying to self: a brief instruction manual
Changing our lifelong patterns
Part 3 Re/creation
Chapter 6 Birthing the Real 143
Setting the backdrop
Growing up: the work we all must do
Friends don't let friends remain immature
Maturity and immaturity: it's in the environment
Chapter 7 Learning the Dance 163
Tales from the journey of denial
Saying the difficult word "no"
Newlyweds for life
Chapter 8 Living the Love 183
How to move from pretty good to great
Taking the time
Two joys that come together and connect
More help for the journey
Your TV Guide 201
Ideas for channeling greater transparency in yourmarriage
Guide for Thought and Discussion 211
Questions to help you discover more about your relationship and take action to move forward
Resources for Growth in Your Marriage 223
Posted February 26, 2011
The chapter on "Busting the Ghosts" (dealing with your own or your partner's previous relationship and/or sexual history) is worth the price of this amazing e-book. I planned to read only a chapter at a time; I wasn't able to stop! I read this through in one night, staying up far too late. I've read it twice since. The authors are family counselors from California; they have wide experience with remarriage and blended families. In this book they focus on dating, engaged or newly married couples. Parts of this book will have you laughing out loud --- other parts will make you wonder why no one has written about these issues before. Thought-provoking, wise, and absolutely wonderful! Makes an excellent wedding gift also!
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Posted October 15, 2008
I was among a handful of people who saw this manuscript in galley form, as it went into press. I carried home pieces of it and shared it with a few close friends: all of us loved it!<BR/><BR/>I'm an avid reader --- and there are ideas and issues discussed here that I've never seen anywhere else in print --- not from any author, any time. This book literally breaks new ground, some of it amazingly so. These are things we need to be talking about --- but until now, no one has been starting these conversations.<BR/><BR/>If you're ready to take a relationship deep, here's how. This is the most simple, clearly-written, step-by-step info I've seen on going deeper, and I also laughed out loud on quite a few of these pages. It's fun to find good humor so closely interwoven with deep pyschological insight.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.