Take Back Your Marriage, Second Edition: Sticking Together in a World That Pulls Us Apart

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Today's divorce epidemic reflects the rise of many social forces that can pull even the happiest couple apart. In fact, many of us hold deeply ingrained attitudes and assumptions that work against long-term marital happiness. From renowned family therapist Dr. William J. Doherty, this book helps couples pinpoint hidden marital problems and take positive steps to stay close and connected every day. Readers learn to break free of such common traps as confusing desires with needs, applying a trade-in-the-old-model ...
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Overview

Today's divorce epidemic reflects the rise of many social forces that can pull even the happiest couple apart. In fact, many of us hold deeply ingrained attitudes and assumptions that work against long-term marital happiness. From renowned family therapist Dr. William J. Doherty, this book helps couples pinpoint hidden marital problems and take positive steps to stay close and connected every day. Readers learn to break free of such common traps as confusing desires with needs, applying a trade-in-the-old-model consumer mentality to one's own spouse, or becoming overtime parents instead of full-time partners. They get suggestions for creating relationship rituals that stand the test of time; from mundane to celebratory, sexy to silly. For young couples who want to hold tight to happily-ever-after, or longtime marrieds on the brink of breakup, this book shows how to fight back to restore a marriage worth saving.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dr. Doherty presents a unique and impassioned analysis of how our consumer culture erodes our dream of having the lasting union that we want so much. His practical suggestions for rituals that restore love and commitment are immediately applicable and alone are worth the price of admission. My son said, 'This book changed my life!' I suspect you, the reader, will say the same."--Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up

"I love this book--it's a real eye-opener. Dr. Doherty shows how many of us ignore and take for granted what can be the most important aspects of our lives. Take Back Your Marriage teaches us how to prevent circumstances (or kids, work, community, in-laws) from hijacking our precious love lives without our consent."--John M. Gottman, PhD, author of What Makes Love Last? 

"With his usual pragmatic good sense and down-to-earth wisdom, Dr. Doherty reassures us that we can face the 'core challenge of our time'--how to make a loving, long-term marriage work. He lays out an intentional path to lasting love with elegance and persuasiveness. This is a message that we all need to hear."--Sue Johnson, EdD, author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

"This book offers wise and timely advice on marriage from one of America's favorite therapists."--Mary Pipher, PhD, author of Reviving Ophelia and Another Country

Family Ministry
"While it is primarily for married couples and those considering marriage, this book is also beneficial for therapists and professional leaders....It is applicable to those who are considering any type of partnership/relationship....Chapters are inviting, engaging, and readable....Can be used as a companion for those in therapy. It will also serve as an excellent text for marriage enrichment programs. Pastors and church educators will find Doherty's approach to marriage and family affirming of the work of their community of faith and practical for ministry within the congregation."--Family Ministry
Foryourmarriage.org
"[A] combination of wisdom and realism...marks this good book."--Foryourmarriage.org
Booknews
A family therapist identifies overwork, consumerism, and overemphasis on personal fulfillment as major factors that pull couples apart. He shows young and long-term couples how to assess their own marital health, identify social pressures most destructive to them, and take active steps to stay connected. He explains how to break free of assumptions that work against long-term marital happiness, and offers suggestions for creating relationship rituals for closeness and celebration. He also discusses the problem of unintentional sabotage from family and counselors, and tells how choose a marriage counselor. Doherty is professor and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462510467
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/30/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 199
  • Sales rank: 1,100,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Doherty, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota, and a practicing marriage and family therapist. Past president of the National Council on Family Relations, he received the Council's Margaret E. Arcus Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Life Education. Dr. Doherty is the author of numerous books for professionals and general readers. Married since 1971, he has two grown children and four grandchildren.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
1. Take Back Your Marriage
2. Resisting Consumer Marriage
3. Don’t Lose Your Marriage to Your Kids
4. Take Back Time for Your Marriage
5. Resist Family and Friends Who Would Undermine Your Marriage
6. Resist Therapists Who Threaten Your Marriage
7. Preventing Unnecessary Divorce
8. Intentional Marriage: Connection Rituals in Everyday Life
9. Intentional Marriage: Love Rituals
10. Intentional Marriage: Anniversaries and Other Special Occasions
11. Every Marriage Supported by a Community
12. Taking Action for Your Marriage
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    Great book for people who are looking to tap into their marriage potential. It's great for people who don't have any marital problems but rather want to never have to deal with them. It helps to see a bigger picture and what you and your mate can do to stay close, intimate and relevant to one another.

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