The Marriage GardenCultivating Your Relationship so it Grows and Flourishes
Practical steps for making marriage last a lifetime Two noted relationship experts Wally Goddard and James Marshall offer down-to-earth advice for any couple who wants to strengthen their marriage and make it last a lifetime. In this important book the authors outline their six-step program-commit, grow, nurture, understand, solve, and serve-that has proven to be effective. Using a bountiful garden as a metaphor for a healthy marriage, the book encourages couples to invest time in growing their relationship, shine the light of encouragement on each other, deal with "bugs" and "thorns," and share time and resources to make the whole world blossom. Shows how to turn differences into blessings and transform difficult times into rewarding experiences Authors are part of the National Extension Marriage and Education Network An honest and accurate look at relationships that offers couples a solid foundation for nurturing and growing their love.
Acknowledgments. A Note from the Authors. Introduction: Welcome to the Marriage Garden! 1 Commitment: The Choice to Pledge Your Best Efforts. 2 Grow: It Takes Vibrant People to Create Vibrant Relationships. 3 Nurture: Do the Work of Loving. 4 Understand: Cultivate Compassion for Your Partner. 5 Solve: Turn Differences into Blessings. 6 Serve: Give Back to Your Community. 7 Gardening, Harvesting, and Planning for the Future. References. Recommended Resources. About the Authors. Index.
H. Wallace (Wally) Goddard, PhD, is professor of family life with the University of Arkansas. Dr. Goddard is an award-winning teacher, speaker, and author. James P. Marshall, PhD, is assistant professor of family life with the University of Arkansas. Dr. Marshall is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Both Goddard and Marshall are part of the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network.
Praise for The Marriage Garden "What a wise and uplifting book! Spiced by the authors’ personal stories, The Marriage Garden takes the best contemporary research on marriage and makes it practical for couples. Even people who don’t like relationship books will like this one!" —William J.Doherty, PhD, professor, University of Minnesota, and author, Take Back Your Marriage "We all want a fruitful and flourishing marriage. This book breaks it down, step-by-step, fills us with hope, and puts the glory of the harvest within our reach. It’s a winner!" —Diane Sollee, director, The Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, smartmarriages.com "If the tips from this book are applied, your relationship with your spouse will grow and flourish into a dynamic marriage!" —Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, happily married for 25 years and stars of the TLC show 18 Kids & Counting "No matter how strong you think your relationship is, there’s always room to grow. And The Marriage Garden can take even the healthiest of relationships to a new level." —Jason Wright, New York Times best-selling author, The Wednesday Letters and Christmas Jars "Filled with tremendous anecdotes, sound advice, and the wisdom of two seasoned experts, The Marriage Garden blooms spectacularly in every way. Whether you’re just married, need to save your marriage, or want to richly enhance it, this book is for you!" —Stephen R. Covey, author of the best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People "The Marriage Garden is a home run! It succeeds in giving specific direction and needed counsel to all who are married." —Dale Murphy, two-time National League Most Valuable Player
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