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Wholehearted Marriage [Paperback]

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Pages   277
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 2, 2009
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  1416544828  
EAN  9781416544821  

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Has a busy lifestyle, personal baggage, or loss of a loved one come between you and your spouse? Restore your passionate connection with this encouraging handbook! Offering practical advice born of experience counseling couples, Smalley and Stoever help you overcome the struggles of a loveless marriage to build a happy and fulfilling partnership.

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"The Wholehearted Marriage "offers practical tools for helping couples keep a passionate connection with one another and understand the role their hearts play in their lives. Drs. Smalley and Stoever maintain that circumstances, such as busy lifestyles, differences between spouses, personal baggage, the loss of a loved one, childhood trauma, etc., trigger reactions that condition us to close up our hearts for protection, blocking the flow of love. A disengaged, protected heart makes it impossible to experience an intimate, connected marriage. As a result, couples drift apart, trying to find some version of contentment, or they give up altogether and look for love somewhere else.
Through their experiences in marriage counseling, Drs. Smalley and Stoever discovered that the commonly heard phrase "I don't love him/her anymore" is merely a camouflaged misunderstanding about what true love is and God's design for it. They affirm that love is more than just a feeling, and that to have true, lasting intimacy, couples need to learn to love wholeheartedly.

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Dr. Greg Smalley
is the coauthor of eight books, including The DNA of Relationships for Couples and The Marriage You've Always Dreamed Of. He is the director of Church Relationship Ministries for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and is also the founder of the National Institute of Marriage.

Dr. Shawn Stoever
currently serves as a senior director for a nonprofit ministry called the WinShape Foundation, and he previously served as director.

Greg Smalley currently resides in Ozark, in the state of Missouri.

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The Wholehearted Marriage  Apr 28, 2010
The Wholehearted Marriage is excellent material for those preparing to marry, newly married, those in mid-life, and those who have passed their Golden Anniversary, as have my wife and I. We have both read it, continue to refer to it, and have given more than 35 copies (obtained through this site) to other couples. It is informative, insightful, inspirational and downright entertaining.
Just Another Book on Marriage  Feb 5, 2010
Before reading this book, I was initially very surprised by the subtitle: "Fully Engaging Your Most Important Relationship." Isn't a person's relationship with God even more important than his or her marriage relationship? After digging into the book, this does indeed appear to be an oversight. I doubt that either author would argue that marriage is more important than the divine-human relationship. However, such an obvious theological blunder on the cover of this book really tainted my perception of it.

Nevertheless, this book turned out to be quite helpful. It focuses heavily on the heart. Most men will have a natural aversion to all this mushy talk about the heart, but the authors immediately attempt to blow away such notions with an unconvincing illustration in the introduction. However, instead of a persuasive argument that real men need to consider these things, they left the impression that they are... wimps. Similarly, I found the authors' attempts to engage the reader through illustration and example to be somewhat lacking throughout the book.

With that said, the practical and detailed instructions in this book for improving marriages are excellent. My wife and I really enjoyed spending some time with this book and working through some of the recommended exercises.

Therefore, I recommend this book more for marriages that are semi-strong but could be stronger, than for marriages that are falling apart.
Read this before reading his DNA of Relationships books  Nov 22, 2009
Unlike a different reviewer I think the title The Wholehearted Marriage: Fully Engaging Your Most Important Relationship ACURATELY describes the focus of the book. Unfortunately that person's negativity towards anything that mentions a spiritual perspective stopped him from reading what the author (a PhD in Psychology who is actively involved at two relationship counseling centers with high success rates) is saying... Your heart HAS to be open and engaged before ANY steps towards an improved marriage will work. I have been to one of Greg Smalley PhD's "DNA of relationships" seminars with Rob Paul PhD and would say that this book belongs in the top five of all relationship books... Not that it covers such a vast number of subjects so much as this IS a critical first step.
Having been married (for a short while) to an individual who's heart was fully self focused and being now married to a woman who is working at opening her heart (she bought the book). I can attest to the importance of the concept described in this book... spiritual or otherwise.

The DNA of Relationships (Smalley Franchise Products) by his Father, Gary Smalley PhD or The DNA of Relationships for Couples (Smalley Franchise Products) by Greg Smalley PhD and Rob Paul PhD will be much more usefull if you read The Wholehearted Marriage: Fully Engaging Your Most Important Relationship first.
Book Title is Misleading  Sep 6, 2009
I purchased this book because I didn't feel like my wife was "engaged" in our relationship. (To be fair, I'm sure she would have said the same about me.) But when I started reading the book, it was full of Bible quotes and scripture references. If the book is going to rely on the authors' religious beliefs----and regligious biases----to establish a reference for being engaged in the marriage, the title or subtitle should have said so. I'll let this be a lesson to me to always read excerpts before buying a book on line. But, I'm glad I only wasted $10 on it-----I'll mail it to my brother who is a minister.
Loving & Living Wholeheartedly.  Jul 8, 2009
I got this book for free on a website, with the only reason being I had to read and review it. Being newly married, I was looking forward to reading a book about marriage, because I know that getting encouragement and reading and learning about other's experiences could only be a help. I know there are many books out there about marriage and it's hard to find the right one you want to read, because who is to say it will be a help you or not?

Many people know Gary Smalley, the writer of over 28 books on marriage and other topics, but now is son Greg Smalley is following in his footsteps to write books, and bring marriages together. Greg Smalley, co-authors this book with Shawn Stoever and together they make a great team! Their humor lights up the pages and makes for fast reading, and the things they share really make the book become real. They give personal life stories, tons of examples, and really share their hearts on the matter of living and loving whole-heartedly.

Not only did I learn about marriage and what it really takes to make a great marriage, but I learned a lot about myself. This book shows that no marriage is perfect, but every marriage can have the chance to last a lifetime. It just starts with the heart! Come along this journery and discover things you never knew about your spouse, your marriage, and yourself!


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