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Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship

By Gary Chapman (Author) & Chris Fabry (Narrated by)
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Dr. Gary Chapman communicates genuine hope for every marriage–even for those with deeply rooted wounds.

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When you said, "I do," you entered marriage with high hopes. You dreamed that your marriage would be supremely happy. You never intended it to be miserable. Millions of couples are struggling in desperate marriages. But the story doesn't have to end there. Dr. Gary Chapman writes, "I believe that in every troubled marriage, one or both partners can take positive steps that have the potential for changing the emotional climate in their marriage." As you listen to "Desperate Marriages," the revised and updated edition of the award-winning book "Loving Solutions," you will learn how to recognize and reject the myths that hold you captive, better understand your spouse's behavior, take responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings, and actions, and make choices that can have a lasting, positive impact on you and your spouse. Also, learn what to do if your spouse is irresponsible, a workaholic, controlling, uncommunicative, verbally abusive, physically abusive, sexually abusive, unfaithful, addicted to alcohol or drugs, or depressed.

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Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship by Gary Chapman & Chris Fabry has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/27/2009 page 129

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Item Specifications...

Format: Audiobook,   CD,   Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.38" Width: 6.52" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Oasis Audio
ISBN  1598594834  
ISBN13  9781598594836  

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More About Gary Chapman & Chris Fabry

Gary Chapman Gary Chapman is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "The Five Love Languages". With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman has been featured at the Pentagon and United Nations. He is a prolific conference speaker and makes his home with his wife in North Carolina. Dr Chapman's books have sold more than 4 million copies, and he is the host of a national radio program and a popular conference speaker. Gary lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Spanish Bio:
El doctor Gary Chapman es el autor del libro y de la serie Los cinco lenguajes del amor, numero 1 en ventas en ingles segun el New York Times. Con mas de 35 anos de experiencia como pastor y consejero matrimonial, ha viajado por todo el mundo impartiendo seminarios.

Gary Chapman currently resides in Winston-Salem, in the state of North Carolina.

Gary Chapman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 101 Conversation Starters
  2. Favoritos
  3. Hearts at Home Books
  4. Marriage Saver
  5. One Year Signature Line
  6. Serie Favoritos

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Relationships > Marriage

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Books > Christian Living > Relationships > Love & Marriage
Books > Christian Living > Relationships > Family Concerns

Reviews - What do customers think about Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship?

Great Book  May 1, 2010
This book is very insightful and shares personal experiences and situations. I would recommend this book to any married couple.
When we have God, we have hope in any situation.  Mar 4, 2010
This book gives you encouragement affirming that you are "not alone" in your situation. There is NO hopeless situation when we allow God to do His work in us. I want to thank Dr. Gary Chapman for His good work, which I know he gives glory to God for.
Desparate Marriages (from Amazon)  Dec 15, 2009
The book came quickly and in excellent condition. The content of the book wasn't what I was looking for, but I believe you can always learn something from what you read. Check out the "Look inside this book" link and read the excerpt carefully to be sure this is what you want. However, the content has nothing to do with the vendor. The vendor is trustworthy and someone I would do business with again.
Desperate Marriages---Hope in Desperate Times  Sep 9, 2009
In reading Mr. Chapman's book I found honesty in facing a desperate marraige. Not only is he straight-forward, but he offers hope and answers to many of the hard questions in relationships. His words are based in Biblical concepts and if you are willing, could be the steps to mending the hurts or tears in your marriage. A hard but well worth it read!
A Good Reference, Not to Read Cover to Cover  Mar 13, 2009
Desperate Marriages:
Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship
Gary Chapman
Review by
Anthony J. Centore Ph.D.

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After Gary Chapman wrote the International Best Seller The Five Love Languages, myriad of spinoffs were published: The Five Love Languages of Children, The Five Love Languages of Teenagers, The Five Love Languages for Singles, The Heart of the Five Love Languages, The Five Languages of Apology, and The Love Languages of God; not to mention what appears to be several updated revisions of the aforementioned.

Rest assured, this book barely mentions the five love languages--keeping it to a minimum of just two pages in the first chapter, two pages in the back. Done. Finished. Life moves on. Finally.

In Desperate Marriages, Chapman promotes a philosophy he refers to as "Reality Living," of which there are six rules: (1) I am responsible for my attitude, (2) My attitude affects my actions, (3) I cannot change others, but I can influence others, (4) My emotions do NOT control my actions, (5) Admitting my imperfections does not mean I am a failure, (6) Love is the most powerful weapon for good in the world.

Basic Impressions:

This book is well put together. It is quality material. The reader with real marital problems and needing real information will get real information. For instance, the book speaks about divorce in chapter one--a smart move, for this is certainly on the mind of someone who is in a desperate marriage. Chapman states, "while divorce removes some pressures, it creates a host of others." Moreover, the book contains some good psychology (which any counselor reader will recognize as being of the CBT persuasion), and Chapman aptly references William Glasser (i.e., creator of Choice Theory/Reality Therapy). Chapman borrows Glasser's concepts when he states every person has a need for love, freedom, significance, and peace with God (wait, what happened to power, fun, and survival?).

After a few introductory chapters, the book employs a by-topic format, each chapter coaching the reader on how to apply the six "reality living" rules to marriage with a difficult spouse. The chapters are labeled:

* The Irresponsible Spouse
* The Workaholic Spouse
* The Controlling Spouse
* The Uncommunicative Spouse
* The Verbally Abusive Spouse
* The Physically Abusive Spouse
* The Sexually Abused/Abusive Spouse
* The Unfaithful Spouse
* The Alcoholic/Drug-abusing Spouse
* The Depressed Spouse

My feeling is mixed about the by-topic format type. On one hand, there's something for everyone; but on the other hand, at some point everyone gets left out in the cold. What I mean is, I would find it hard to recommend this book to a client without the caveat, "It's a useful book, but a lot of these chapters won't apply to you."

Bottom Line

Bottom line, if you've been looking information on the topic of troubled marriages, give Chapman's new book a read. It's a good reference, and the idea of "reality living" provides a significant philosophical foundation. And stay tuned, with any luck Desperate Marriages of Children should be out by fall.

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