With thirty years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Laura Taggart understands the unique struggles of newly married couples who find marriage much more difficult than they imagined. Failed expectations, unanticipated conflict, and disagreements about money, sex, children, and more have many young couples assuming they made a mistake, married the wrong person, or just weren't ready. As a result, one-third of all married couples divorce before their ten-year anniversary.
In this practical and hopeful book, Taggart offers the wisdom and help she would share as a counselor with a couple beginning their marriage. She helps couples examine their true expectations for marriage, provides six action steps for improving the way couples relate, and gives couples a new picture of what it means to enjoy marriage for a lifetime.
Each chapter includes discussion questions for couples or small groups as well as additional questions for personal reflection.
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About the Author
Laura Taggart has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for nearly thirty years. As director of marriage and family ministry at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, California, she founded a highly successful marriage mentoring ministry to help young couples develop a solid foundation for their young and often struggling marriages. A popular speaker at conferences and retreats, she has also taught as an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Table of Contents
Foreword Milan Kay Yerkovich 9
Part 1 Reimagining Marriage-Changing the Way You Think
1 Why Marriage Is Hard Work 25
2 More Than You Imagined 41
3 Why Marriage Is Worth It 59
Part 2 Revitalizing Marriage-Changing the Way You Relate
4 Search Yourself 81
5 Embrace Differences 107
6 Tackle Conflict 123
7 Let Go 149
8 Lean In 167
9 Initiate Intimacy 191
Part 3 Re-visioning Marriage-Changing the Way You Love
10 The Power of a Promise 219
11 Marriage as a Catalyst for Change 231
12 Better Together 239
Appendix A Feeling Words 247
Appendix B Sample List of Protectors 249
Appendix C Renewal of Covenant Marriage 251
Appendix D Beginning a Personal Relationship with God 253
Appendix E Infographic of Survey Results 255
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Practical, wise, research informed and shaped by personal experience. Laura clearly demonstrates a wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion for young marrieds. The chapters are paced well and allow space for personal, couple, or group reflection. Pick one up and invest in your marriage, you will not be disappointed!
My wife and I read this book together and this radically changed the way we look at marriage. It was a great reminder about making Christ the center of our marriage and when we do that then our marriage will grow as a result. I would recommend this book to any married or engaged couple.
My husband and I JUST finished "Making Love Last" along with our amazing marriage mentors. We found it to be so incredibly interesting to look back at our own family upbringing and notice aspects of our young selves that might have created protectors that come into play in all sorts of ways in our adult lives, especially in our marriages. Having gone through this book, we have learned so much more about the other person and have new tools to help resolve future conflicts together.
Don't Give Up! Just when you think you have tried everything, here is a fabulous guide to encourage, support and offer you strategies for getting through difficult seasons in your marriage. The advice, real stories, tools and transparency are helpful and practical. Although offered to help those in the first decade of marriage, this book is beneficial for marriages of any length. The chapters are well written, honest and are followed by questions for discussion to help reflect and better understand the issues. Laura invites us into her 30 years of working as a marriage family therapist and her own 40 years of marriage in a genuine and constructive way. This book shares best practices so that all who read it can make their marriage the best it can be! I am confident that you will benefit by taking the time to read this book. I highly recommend it!
Making Love Last is an amazingly well written life changing book. Although its target is young marriages, it has relevance for all relationships. I've witnessed multiple struggling marriages and divorces during my 30 years of teaching young children and the affect is painful. This is an easy read, even for those who are shy of non-fiction...lots of metaphors, examples, and simple techniques but Laura is realistic d and doesn't shy away from the big problems encouraging some to get help beyond the pages of her book. Making Love Last should be required reading before marriage and re-read after being married. Laura Taggart is a gifted writer and communicator.