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Making Marriage Simple


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HARVILLE HENDRIX, Ph.D, author of "Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples," has more than forty years of experience as a clinical pastoral counselor, therapist, educator, clinical trainer, and public speaker. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show 19 times. HELEN LAKELLY HUNT, Ph.D, was elected to the Women's Hall of Fame for her work in women's philanthropy. Harville and Helen co-created Imago Relationship Therapy and are founders of Imago Relationships International, Inc. They have six children and five grandchildren.


"[An] easy-to-understand handbook for creating and maintaining a "Partnership Marriage." Lightened by a cartoon couple's relationship conversations and whimsical descriptions of personality types (e.g., the Turtle and the Hailstorm), the book advocates a relationship in which each member helps the other recapitulate and recover from the emotional wounds of childhood...Hendrix and Hunt's focus on gentleness, reflective listening, and removing negativity forms a decidedly common-sense approach to marriage. Base this in a clear and methodical approach, and you've got a workable manual for couples committed to doing a better job living a modern married life--for their own sake and their partner's." "-Publishers Weekly" "This book ought to be in every bride and groom's gift basket. Not only have Hendrix and Hunt created a delightful and easy-to-read guide to what every marriage needs, but they have done it by also revealing their own personal struggles (with their very happy ending) to the reader. We absolutely loved the cartoons. The book is the ideal combination of useful advice and very specific tips, and a real understanding of the huge benefits a new couple will gain from a lasting, intimate relationship. Here's how to make that happen!" --John & Julie Gottman, authors of "And Baby Makes Three" "I am thrilled that the greatest hits of what Harville and Helen have taught for decades are being distilled into one book. They are true masterful teachers and have offered clear, humorous, revelatory knowledge. Beyond supporting an intimate marriage, the application of these tools yields benefits throughout every relationship in your life." --Alanis Morissette "This is an enormously useful, helpful, and effective book (and workbook) for married couples, but really for relationships in general. With enormous clarity and insight, Harville and Helen walk us through the major traps of relationships, and specific techniques and exercises to overcome them, making your relationships deeper, stronger, more loving, and more rewarding--all around! Highly recommended for any relationship." --Ken Wilber, author of "The Integral Vision"

Best-selling authors and founders of Imago Relationships International Inc., Hendrix (Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples) and Hunt base their latest book on the idea of a "Partnership Marriage" in which partners promote each other's psychological and spiritual growth. Each of the ten chapters is devoted to a relationship truth designed to transform one's marriage. Hendrix, who has more than 40 years of experience as a clinical pastoral counselor, therapist, educator, clinical trainer, and public speaker on marriage and relationship therapy, and his wife, Hunt, a women's activist recognized for her philanthropic contributions in the Women's Hall of Fame, counsel couples using Imago Relationship Therapy, an approach valuing partnership over individualism. Readers will find the "exercise program," which corresponds to each of the truths, a helpful tool for everyday application. Humorous illustrations and straightforward language make this an easy, enjoyable read. VERDICT Recommended for readers looking for a transformative approach to solving marital problems from a couple whose own marriage was saved by a willingness to work at staying together.-Amber Woodard, Cumberland Univ. Lib., Lebanon, TN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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