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Married But Not Engaged: Why Men Check Out and What You Can Do to Create the Intimacy You Desire [Paperback]

By Paul Coughlin (Author) & Sandy Coughlin (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.09" Width: 7.37" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2007
ISBN  0764204483  
EAN  9780764204487  

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The authors look at how wives can help their husbands become the men they want to be. Practical suggestions include giving him room to grow and make mistakes, helping him understand what fear is doing to his life without comparing him to other men, and never shaming him for being passive and fearful.

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More About Paul Coughlin & Sandy Coughlin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Paul Coughlin hosts a radio talk show in southern Oregon and is the author of No More Christian Nice Guy. Paul has been interviewed by C-SPAN, the New York Times, and numerous radio and television stations across the country. His articles have appeared in many publications, including New Man, Faithworks, and Ministries Today. He has also been editor of a weekly newspaper and a radio station program director. A former Christian Nice Guy, Paul is a happily married father. The Coughlin family lives in Medford, Oregon.
Jennifer D. Degler, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and life coach. A frequent speaker at women's events and marriage retreats, she also maintains a counseling practice, seeing adults, children, and couples for psychotherapy. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the founder of Creating Christian Change, a life coaching enterprise that works with clients across the United States helping them to create lives they love. She has been interviewed by the Lexington Herald-Leader and local NBC and CBS affiliates as an expert in life coaching and mental health issues. Jennifer and her husband, Jeff, live in Lexington, Kentucky, with their two teenage children.

Paul Coughlin currently resides in Medford, in the state of Oregon.

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Turning Christian "Mr Nice Guy" into a real man  Apr 8, 2007
This book focuses on the problems that can be caused in Christian marriages by men who are passive in their behaviour - who fail to conform to society's view of masculinity (which itself has been devalued over the last decades). The book looks at why some men are like this and ways in which both husband and wife can work with each other to improve matters. The book was easy to read; however I felt that much of the subject matter was probably far more prevalent in America and that some of the stated problems would be less of an issue within the British personality so it may not be as universal as the authors imagined.

This book isn't a ten step guide to overcoming the problems of men feeling weak and in fact I wasn't always sure that it offered much useful advice - it was good at identifying the problems but didn't offer that many concrete ways to resolve them. However it did offer some points for thought about communication between men and women and referenced many other books that might be helpful in addition.
Great inspiration for wives of problem "nice guys"  Mar 3, 2007
In Married But Not Engaged, Paul Coughlin brings wife Sandy in to help offer encouragement to wives who struggle with jello-spined husbands. The tone of the book is positive throughout, with unique helps such as a "goodwill quiz" (p. 159) to help women get a new perspective on themselves, their husbands, and their marriages. The Coughlins have obviously struggled through the issues personally to come out on the other side with a new, positive view of each other and a rock-solid marriage. Married But Not Engaged will benefit all but the bitterest of wives and most degenerate of husbands. Even those can gain something from the book if they will apply the Coughlins' insights and techniques to their hearts and personal situations.
Helpful, but biased  Feb 24, 2007
The book makes some good, what I call, "excuses" for men to just float through our lives, totally oblivious to all that is happening around them. This is a godsend for the men who have actually experienced the abuses and the other notable reasons for the man's behavior. However, it doesn't help those of us who are just married to spoiled men, and mama's boys. A good read, but be forewarned: the information given just tells women how to further shoulder the burden, but gracefully.
Excellent guide!  Aug 4, 2006
Written by Paul Couglin, author of No More Christian Nice Guy (CNG), he is joined by his wife Sandy to tell us what Married But Not Engaged is doing to relationships.

This title at first confused me until I realized "engaged" here meant "being involved.

Early on (pg 14) the authors tell how Paul (as a former CNG) answers wives' questions about their CNG. "For you who say "My husband's a nice guy, but...." Married But Not Engaged gets to the heart of the matter, explaining what intimacy is (and isn't), why it's missing, what happens when it's absent, where his seemingly inexplicable behavior comes from, and what can be done to bring change and growth."

The CNG are described as "too nice, pleasantly evasive, uses all his energy to keep up appearances.

The authors explain some modern-day misunderstandings of Jesus life or teaching--concepts carried by today's CNC. Same is true of Bible verses twisted meanings.

One wife wrote to the authors, (pg 60): My husband sees himself throughout No More Christian Nice Guy. He decided at some point that he must avoid anger and conflict at all costs. He's become the great pretender. It's more important to look good than live good.

This second book follows No More Christian Nice Guy with input for the careworn wives of these men. CNG behavior and passivity can cause them all kinds of physical illnesses (digestive and headaches, for example).

When men and women understand how CNG ideals can cause havoc, they can walk hand in hand through life together. When these men have a women of goodwill in his corner, with her courage, creativity and faith, they can begin to trust each other again.

Armchair Interviews says: These two books would be excellent study guides for a church couples group or would give counseling professionals some added insight into the CNG phenomena.


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