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Take Back Your Marriage

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. This guide 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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Table of Contents

Introduction. Take Back Your Marriage. Resisting Consumer Marriage. Don't Lose Your Marriage to Your Kids. Take Back Time for Your Marriage. Resist Family and Friends Who Would Undermine Your Marriage. Resist Therapists Who Threaten Your Marriage. Preventing Unnecessary Divorce. Intentional Marriage: Connection Rituals in Everyday Life. Intentional Marriage: Love Rituals. Intentional Marriage: Anniversaries and Other Special Occasions. Every Marriage Supported by a Community. Taking Action for Your Marriage.

About the Author

William J. Doherty, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. Past President of the National Council on Family Relations, Dr. Doherty was named one of America's 10 most innovative therapists by the Utne Reader. His numerous books include Take Back Your Kids.


To ensure that one's marriage lasts "as long as we both shall live" as opposed to the increasingly popular "as long as we both shall love," William J. Doherty (Take Back Your Kids) recommends that couples undertake daily "connection rituals" that facilitate "intentional marriage." In Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World That Pulls Us Apart, Doherty, the director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota, advises couples to avoid family and friends who undermine their marriage and to avoid sacrificing their relationship to their kids. ( June 12) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"While it is primarily for married couples and those considering marriage, this book is also beneficial for therapists and professional is applicable to those who are considering any type of partnership/relationship....chapters are inviting, engaging, and readable....a book for couples and 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" "Doherty's book offers solutions."--"St. Croix Valley Press" and "White Bear Press"

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