How to make the thorns in your marriage come up roses.The big and little annoyances in your marriage are actually opportunities to deepen your love for each other. Relationship experts and award-winning authors Les and Leslie Parrott believe that your personal quirks and differences-where you squeeze the toothpaste tube, how you handle money-can actually help draw you together provided you handle them correctly. Turn your marriage's prickly issues into opportunities to love each other more as you learn how to? build intimacy while respecting personal space ? tap the power of a positive marriage attitude ? replace boredom with fun, irritability with patience, busyness with time together, debt with a team approach to your finances . . . and much, much more.Plus-get an inside look at the very soul of your marriage, and how connecting with God can connect you to each other in ways you never dreamed.
By Les and Leslie Parrott
Contents Real-Life Problem Solvers 9 Workbook Exercises 11 Acknowledgments 13 Introduction: More Today Than Yesterday 17 1. Love Is Not Enough 21 A marriage survives and thrives when a couple learns to use problems to their advantage. 2. Why Every Marriage Has Everyday Problems 31 All your difficulties can be traced to one of five sources- and knowing the source makes all the difference. 3. Tackle This Problem First...and All Others Get Easier 53 A fine line separates an obstacle from an opportunity and it's discovered the instant a couple sees it with new eyes. 4. Who Said Sex Was a Problem? 71 The magic of marriage inevitably wanes if you don't recognize and accept the two sides of intimacy and sex (not to mention having a baby). 5. The Six Subtle Saboteurs of Every Marriage 93 Learn to defend your marriage against these sneak attacks and you will have built an impenetrable fortress of love. 6. How to Solve Any Problem in Five (Not-So-Easy) Steps 115 Discover the "slumbering powers" of your marriage and use this proven plan for revolutionizing your love life. 7. Joining Your Spirits Like Never Before 139 Deep down in the soul of your marriage is a thirst for connection that can only be quenched when you drink from the ultimate source of love. 8. The Good That Comes from a Problem-Solving Marriage 167 Every day your love expands when you clearly see you've become more richly yourselves together than you could have ever managed alone. Appendix: Practical Help for a Marriage in Crisis 175 Notes 201 About the Authors 205