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Title:
Secrets to lasting love : uncovering the keys to life-long intimacy
Author:
Smalley, Gary.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
249 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780684850504
Format :
Book

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Summary

From the relationship counselor whose books and videotapes have sold more than 5 million copies comes "Keeping Love Alive, " which reveals the four main skills necessary for a couple to maintain a satisfying, even blissful, marriage. Readers can discover ways to strengthen love and long-term commitment and even how to climb out of a troubled relationship.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Well known in the Christian market, where most of his books and videos have been sold, Smalley now brings his expertise in what he calls "the skills of relationship science" to the wider public. His latest book will appeal primarily to couples in traditional sex roles who are willing to experiment with structured exercises for improving communication. Advising partners on how to argue better and how to nurture each other, the book aims to refresh stale relationships by unburdening them of clich‚s ("How was your day?") and helping couples inject their conversations with facts, opinions and feelings, and ultimately reveal their innermost needs. A practiced hand in the self-help genre, Smalley weaves remarkably candid anecdotes from his own marriage throughout the text; he also refers to his other books and to some authors who may not be familiar to mainstream audiences. Some of the exercises that are successful in his seminars might backfire without supervision, such as a key technique, dubbed "drive-through conversation," that's patterned on how fast food personnel repeat customer orders. A quiz in which readers assess the "color personalities" in a relationship is an engaging digression without analysis. Despite the book's limitations, this enterprising author will no doubt capture a broader following. Agent, Jan Miller. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved