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Trade Paperback
272 pages
Jan 2005
Tyndale House Publishers

The Marriage You've Always Dreamed Of

by Dr. Greg Smalley

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You made an innocent comment, but your husband or wife took it in a way you never considered. Then you became defensive and tried to explain what you meant, but your innocent conversation turned into a heated argument. Your spouse reacted as always, and so did you. Sometimes you wonder why you ever married this person. Is there any hope for your marriage?

Dr. Greg Smalley says, "Yes!" in The Marriage You've Always Dreamed Of. He describes the scenario above as the "Fear Dance," then teaches you how to recognize your and your spouse's fear dance, and how to overcome it. He provides seven steps to achieve the marriage you've dreamed of. These steps are practical and doable: taking personal responsibility, forgiving, honoring each other, caring for yourself, looking for the good things in difficulties, communicating well, and depending on God. Each step occupies a chapter with suggestions in developing that skill in your life.

The statistics describing marriage failure are appalling. Unless the situation in this country changes, between 40 and 50 percent of marriages begun today will fail. Smalley believes that God has called him to begin a "marriage revival" to save the 2700 new children each day who face a broken home due to divorce.

Using the theme of Israel's journey to the Promised Land to unite the book, Smalley utilizes personal anecdotes, stories of couples that he has counseled at the Smalley Marriage Institute in Branson, Missouri, and counseling wisdom. This book is engaging and thought provoking.. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Want to break free from the relating patterns that keep you stuck and discouraged?

Need a vision for what you want your marriage to become?

Do you desire to increase the level of joy and satisfaction in your marriage?

The Marriage You Always Dreamed Of points modern marriages to health, courage, and renewed strength. Written in an embarrassingly vulnerable yet amusing style, Greg Smalley shares stories from his own marriage that will help you and your spouse establish a vision for your own.

Like the Israelites’ flight from Egypt, marriage can be a struggle. Greg Smalley walks alongside couples to help free them from destructive patterns; teaches them “wilderness lessons” about honor and respect; and offers practical tools to help them develop a satisfying and meaningful marriage.

Understand, find, and experience God’s best for your marriage—the marriage you always dreamed of.