Book Reviews

Couple experts on relationships at Better Marriages read and evaluate the latest in relationship literature, and provide unadulterated feedback. This way, you can decide for yourself whether the latest best seller will be a good investment in your relationship, or it might be better to invest in a candlelight dinner on the beach.

Building a Love that Lasts: The Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage

It is arguable that these seven secrets of successful marriage are surprising. What is not arguable is that reading this book, a work based on research with a vast number of successfully married couples, is as engaging as reading a […]

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How Loving Couples Fight

How Loving Couples Fight by James L. Creighton, Aslan Publishing; Revised edition (March 15, 1998),  308 pages Reviewed by Bill McConahey, Lancaster, VA Bill and Linda are a Certified Leader Couple, Trainers and serve on the Better Marriages National Board of Directors   Late last […]

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Intimacy and Desire

Intimacy and Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship by David Schnarch Beaufort Books, New York, 2009. Reviewed by Don and Barbara Fairfield, Certified Leader Couple and Specialist, Lanham, MD David and Vera Mace, the founders of Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment - […]

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The Seven Most Important Money Decisions You’ll Ever Make

The Seven Most Important Money Decisions You’ll Ever Make by Mary Claire Allvine and Christine Larson, Rodale Books, 2004, 304 pages Reviewed by Gene and Ginger Wall, Medford Lakes, NJ Certified Leader Couple and Specialists in Marriage Enrichment Mary Claire Allvine and Christine […]

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Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen, Penguin Publishers, 2000 Reviewed by Terry Heinlein, GA,  Board of Directors Difficult conversations are those conversations that make you anxious, the ones that you dread or aren’t sure whether to even attempt. Inevitably, […]

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When the Relationship Needs a Vacation

When the Relationship Needs a Vacation by Dewayne and LaTasha Hudson Reviewed by Bill McConahey, VA, Board of Directors A recent, excellent addition to the Better Marriages Bookstore is When the Relationship Needs a Vacation. Authored by Better Marriages certified leader couple Dewayne […]

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Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires The Respect He Desperately Needs

Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires The Respect He Desperately Needs Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Integrity Publishers (2004) 317 pages (Workbook available for use in group study) Reviewed by Margaret Lee, Certified Leader Couple (with Tom), Winston-Salem, NC The title of this […]

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It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff By Peter Walsh. Free Press (2007) 230 pages Reviewed by: Nancy Wyatt Russell The organizing shows on television are among my favorites so I could not resist when […]

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Making Love Last a Lifetime

Making Love Last a Lifetime: Biblical Perspectives on Love, Marriage and Sex By Adam Hamilton, 2004, 123 pages, Abingdon Press Reviewed by Jerry and Kim Mantooth, Former Better Marriages National Board Couple, Maryville, TN Marriage is a calling…. from God. What?!! Isn’t that […]

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Successful Second Marriages

Successful Second Marriages by Pat Bubash, M.Ed. Bookstand Publishing, 2008, 224 pages reviewed by Nancy Russell, Former Better Marriages Office Manager Americans for Divorce Reform state that it is reasonable to say 40% of all first marriages now end in divorce, but a […]

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Rekindling Desire: A Step-by-Step Program to Help Low-Sex and No-Sex Marriages

Rekindling Desire: A Step-by-Step Program to Help Low-Sex and No-Sex Marriages By Barry and Emily McCarthy. Brunner-Routledge (2003) 215 pages Reviewed by: Reneé Colclough Hinson The title of this book caught my eye. I thought it might be a fitting book review to […]

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The Five Languages of Apology

The Five Languages of Apology By Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas – 2006. Chicago: Northfield Publishing Reviewed by William C. Rodgers, Better Marriages Board Member, Tampa, FL Remember Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the popular The Five Love Languages? Well, he has collaborated […]

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Why Talking is Not Enough: 8 Loving Actions That Will Transform Your Marriage

Why Talking is Not Enough: 8 Loving Actions That Will Transform Your Marriage By Susan Page - Jossey-Bass (April 21, 2006), 304 Pages. Reviewed by Jane Ives, Portland, Maine I first discovered the work of Susan Page some years ago through an article […]

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Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence By Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, Penguin (Non-Classics) (September 1, 1999), 400 Pages Reviewed by Roberta and Terry Heinlein, Better Marriages Board of Directors Have you ever struggled with […]

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And They Were Not Ashamed

And They Were Not Ashamed Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment By Laura M. Brotherson, Inspire Book, October 2004, 373 Pages Reviewed by Nancy Russell, Better Marriages Office Manager At IMEC Laura Brotherson and her husband, Kevin, held a master workshop: Sexy is a […]

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Couples and the Art of Playing

Couples and the Art of Playing by Keith Hackett, (www.iuniverse.com), 2003 Reviewed by Reneé Colclough Hinson, Former Executive Director If you are interested in a “tried and true” process and you’d like to spice things up for Valentines Day or Early Spring, here […]

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