Healthy Marriage Habit #2: Emotional Rapport & Benevolence. Take the Quiz!

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Each day, in celebration of the release of my latest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love, I’ll look at one of the 8 habits that separates “marriage masters” from “marriage disasters.”  Monday, I summarized all 8 habits and yesterday we looked at Rituals of Connection.  Today, I’ll describe the second habit, Cultivating Emotional Rapport & Benevolence.  After a brief explanation, you’ll have a chance to take a quiz that can help you evaluate … [Read more...]

Healthy Marriage Habit #1: Rituals of Connection. Take the Quiz!

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Each day, in celebration of the release of my latest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love, I'll look at one of the 8 habits that separates "marriage masters" from "marriage disasters."  Yesterday, I listed all 8 habits.  Today, I'll describe the first habit, Rituals of Connection.  After a brief explanation, you'll have a chance to take a quiz that can help you evaluate how healthy this habit is in your marriage.Healthy-Marriage Habit #1: Ri … [Read more...]

8 Habits of Healthy Couples

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My newest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love looks at the eight habits that healthy couples cultivate in their relationship and describes, step-by-step how couples who are struggling can develop those habits in their relationship.There's a lot of confusion about what separates happy couples from unhappy couples.  The book explodes some of those myths.  For instance, you might be surprised to know that happy couples argue about as often as u … [Read more...]

Your Marriage IS Worth Saving–And YOU Can Save It.

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When Divorce is Not an Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Everlasting Love is a book for couples who want to know what it takes to get their marriage back on track. Solo spouses can also use the book to heal a marriage even if his or her mate isn't interested in working on the relationship.I look at the latest research that reveals 8 Habits  that healthy couples exhibit that all couples need to cultivate and show readers, step-by-step how to develop those healthy marriage habits … [Read more...]

Are You Thriving? 5 Ways YOU Can Live A Fuller Life.

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Self-help books (including a couple of my own--see here and here) often talk about thriving versus merely surviving but have you ever wondered what it takes to really thrive?Jesus said, "I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly" and I would argue that he was referring to both eternal life and life in the present.  Secular psychologists use the term "thriving" for what Christians might call an "abundant life"--at least this side of Heaven.    In fact,  researchers have ide … [Read more...]

Innocence Restored–Hope for Those Who Have Suffered Indignity and Abuse

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One of the most heartbreaking aspect of my work with victims of abuse--whether verbal, physical, sexual or some combination of all of these--is to hear them talk about how they feel "dirty", "tainted," "guilty" and a host of other adjectives that undermine their dignity and worth as persons.  Intellectually, most of them know that they bear no blame for the things that were done to them, but the emotional and spiritual wounds run deep.  When we're treated like trash, we often internalize that t … [Read more...]

“This Book Changed My Life”

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Every once in a while the Holy Spirit allows me a glance at how he's using my work to touch the hearts of his people.  It's always humbling and I'm always truly grateful for the experience.  Earlier today, I came across a post by Molly Milroy of Ignitum Today titled, "Five Books That Changed My Life"  I was genuinely blessed to find my book, The Life God Wants You To Have:  Discovering the Divine Plan When Human Plans Fail listed among the titles that significantly impacted her life for the bette … [Read more...]

The Four Components of Wisdom

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I think most of us would like to be wise, or at least hope to become wise one day.  But I wonder how many of us could articulate what wisdom really looks like.  I suspect most of us know wisdom when we see it, but how many of us would be able to articulate the skills or abilities make up wisdom?Wisdom: 4 Keys to Getting UnstuckToday on More2Life Radio, we discussed "getting unstuck."  When we encounter situations that leave us not knowing what to do and we feel trapped or stuck, it is wi … [Read more...]


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