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RECOMMENDED BOOKS

We have summarized and reviewed some of the top books on building and maintaining healthy marriages.   Spend just five minutes reading our brief summaries to learn some of the best practices, then you can decide which books to buy and read in depth.

I ONLY WANT TO GET MARRIED ONCE

By Chana Levitan

Primarily intended for unmarried individuals, Chana Leivan's classic helps readers distinguish between love and the excitement that accompanies the beginning of any relationship.  Core steps in finding the right spouse include (1) identifying your own core values and (2) understanding that real love is based on hard work and "giving" to the other person.

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MARRIAGE WORK

By Dr. John Gottman

Dr. John Gottman's book is the result of decades of empirical studies his research team has performed on couples from all walks of life.  He has identified a core set of behaviors that correspond with marital success and another group of behaviors that lead to isolation and other aspects of marital disharmony.  This no-nonsense book explains in clear terms how each person can change the tenor of his or her relationship.

SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS AT HOME, AT WORK, AND WITH FRIENDS

By Rabbi Abraham Twerski, M.D.

Rabbi Twerski is a psychiatrist and a prolific author on how understanding our own desires is the first step to improving our relationships with others.  His Successful Relationships book explains how the desire to be in control can sometimes stand in the way of an otherwise positive relationship with a spouse, co-worker, or friend.

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