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Marriage Education

Doherty, W. (2001). Take back your marriage: Sticking together in a world that pulls us apart.  New York: Guildford Press.  Doherty argues that marriages are affected by consumerism and offers solutions that focus on communication, rituals, and “intentional” marriage. This book contains quizzes and lists of questions that examine couples’ behavior and communication in marriage.

The forgiveness book: A Catholic approach . (2008). Skoie, IL: ACTA Publications.  Practical suggestions on how to use the power of forgiveness. The five stages of forgiveness are listed. The consequences of anger and resentment are discussed and ways to move
beyond anger are presented.

Gottman, M., Schwartz Gottman, J., & DeClaire, J. (2007). 10 lessons to transform your marriage. New York: Crown Publishing.  Reader participation is required by this book. Readers are presented with the transcript of a conversation between a husband and wife along with the authors’ comments regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the conversation. The authors then present advice on how to improve the discussion of a difficult issue. Readers are invited to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the different ways to discuss a difficult issue. There is an interesting chapter on the hazards of a conflict-avoiding marriage.

Gottman, J., & Silver, (1999). The seven principles for making marriage work: A practical guide from the country’s foremost relationship expert. New York: Three Rivers Press.  This detailed book offers exercises to help couples identify what is important to them and learn to understand, honor, and respect each other and their marriage. Focusing on seven principles, this book encourages couples to become intimately familiar with each other’s worlds, nurture fondness and admiration, turn toward each other instead of away, let their partner influence them, solve solvable problems, overcome gridlock, and create shared meaning.

Parker-Pope, T. (2010). For better: The science of a good marriage. New York: Dutton.  A readable blend of research data and real-life applications to marriage. The impact of brain differences on household chores and flirting are discussed. There are a variety of quizzes to help you determine the health of your marriage.

Popcak, G. K. (1999). For better … Forever: A Catholic guide to lifelong marriage.  Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor. This excellent resource presents a solid Catholic foundation for marriage and offers down-to-earth, practical advice.

Snyder, D.K., Baucom, D.H., & Coop Gordon, K. (2007). Getting past the affair: A program to help you cope, heal, and move on—Together or apart. New York: Guilford Press.  Dealing with an affair is a very difficult challenge. The authors view marriage as a system, and both partners contribute to the problem to some extent. Tests and exercises help each person identify attitudes and behavior that may have contributed to the affair. Readers are encouraged to recognize and build on the strengths of their marriage.


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