Wonderful Marriage: A Guide to Building a Great Relationship That Will Last a Lifetime

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Written to share the wisdom gleaned from 56 years of married life, this book is a levelheaded marriage manual with supporting commentary from a nationally-known family therapist. Providing a portrait of a remarkable and productive egalitarian marriage, as well as thoughtful speculation about the high rate of divorce in America today, the discussion holds that, no matter how dull it sounds, a rational approach works best ...

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Overview

Written to share the wisdom gleaned from 56 years of married life, this book is a levelheaded marriage manual with supporting commentary from a nationally-known family therapist. Providing a portrait of a remarkable and productive egalitarian marriage, as well as thoughtful speculation about the high rate of divorce in America today, the discussion holds that, no matter how dull it sounds, a rational approach works best in relationships. Advising young people to value character over charm and generosity over selfishness when choosing a mate, the book also discusses the big topics of money, religion, sex, gender roles, child-rearing, and dreams for the future with useful and touching insights about honest and loving communication. Taking a broad and basic view of marriage and avoiding gimmicks and trendy theories, this guide offers solid advice as well as a big pep talk on the happiness—not the hassle—of a committed relationship.

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School Library Journal - Deborah Bigelow

While finding a mate can be challenging, learning to live happily with one can be even more so. The authors of these books share their personal experiences and insights on how to keep love alive. Lilo and Gerard Leeds, married for 56 years, team up with author Terrence Real (How Can I Get Through to You?: Reconnecting Men and Women) to put into writing what they consider to be the essential elements of a mutually satisfying relationship. They address issues that need to be agreed upon (e.g., money, religion) and offer simple, practical suggestions for increasing closeness (e.g., doing chores together, resolving disputes quickly).

Pastor and motivational speaker Gungor, himself married with two grown children and two grandchildren, attributes many relationship difficulties to miscommunication and explores the differences between male and female styles across eight dimensions, including thought processes and desires. He frequently draws from the Bible in relaying advice on commitment, sexuality, and forgiveness.

The Leedses' book, full of helpful ideas, is recommended for all public libraries. Gugor's meatier work, good for the Christian couple that would find biblical examples and quotations helpful, is recommended for libraries in high-density Christian communities. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933771397
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard Leeds and Lilo Leeds are the founders of CMP Media, Inc., a leading publisher of business newspapers and magazines and provider of internet services for high-tech industries. They also founded the Institute for Student Achievement in New York City, and Gerard Leeds cofounded the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at the Teachers College, Columbia University. They live in Great Neck, New York. Terrence Real is a teacher, a family therapist, and the bestselling author of I Don't Want to Talk about It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women, and The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts. Susan Seliger is an award-winning writer, magazine editor, and editorial consultant. She is the author of Stop Killing Yourself: Make Stress Work for You.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Great book!

    The key to a happy and lasting marriage may not seem easy, but it is definitely possible, for everyone. Wonderful Marriage is a great book that breaks down the essential parts to a happy relationship, and it isn't overly conservative or stuffy it's actually refreshing and inspiring. Everyone who is in or wants to be in a relationship should read this book.

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