Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Marriage Counseling Material


A friend asked this question: "Do you have any marriage counseling material that you can share with me?"

Here are some things to begin... 



ONLINE RESOURCES


I use the FOCCUS materials for marital and premarital counseling. 


startmarriageright.com - This is Gary Chapman's excellent website.




BOOKS


Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Got Married, by Gary Chapman

Linhda and I read this after almost 40 years of marriage and still enjoyed it.

Real Relationships: From Bad to Better and Good to Great, by Les and Leslie Parrott

Marital and premarital couples will benefit from this excellent book.

Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling: A Guide to Brief Therapy, by Everett Worthington   

Linda and are reading this book together. It's more academic, and for marital counselors. Very good!

Torn Asunder: Recovering From an Extramarital Affair, by Dave Carder

This is the book Linda and I recommend for people who have experienced this.

Caring enough to Confront: How to Understand and Express Your Deepest Feelings Toward Others, by David Augsburger

Linda and I have used this book so much in marital and relationship counseling that we should be getting royalties from it. On how to communicate in the midst of conflict.

The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love, by Robert Enright

For Linda and I the key to a healthy marriage is: confession and forgiveness. In this book University of Wisconsin psychologist Enright shows us the relational power of forgiveness, in stories and empirical research.

The Mystery of Marriage, by Mike Mason

The most beautiful exaltation of marriage ever written?



LINKS TO THINGS I'VE WRITTEN


Your Marriage Can Be Saved (Especially for Husbands)


A Wedding Is a Welding

How to Save Your Failing Marriage

28 Danger Signs for the Not Yet Married

Dealing With Anger In Relationships

Using Logic to Manage Anger in Relationships

Your Marriage Represents Christ and the Church

Want to Be Married? Prepare for Conflict!