Item description for The Walk Out Woman: When Your Heart Is Empty and Your Dreams Are Lost by Steve Stephens & Alice Gray...
Overview When a woman's needs are not met within her marriage, she could be tempted to walk away and find emotional fulfillment elsewhere. With heart and wisdom, the authors share practical advice to women on how to reconnect with their spouse, communicate their hurt, and open their hearts.
Publishers Description Every woman longs to be appreciated, respected, and adored, but when her needs aren't met within her marriage, she could be tempted to walk away. As little hurts and disappointments accumulate and her heart hardens, a woman's loneliness and vulnerability take over, and she might find emotional fulfillment elsewhere, perhaps in even a casual encounter with another man. When the marriage enters this realm of real danger, the woman believes it will be less painful to walk away than try to work on it. With heart and wisdom, Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray offer practical advice for how to stop this epidemic of walk-out women. They outline the warning signs of severe marital discontent and share how to reconnect with your spouse, communicate your hurt, and open your heart. If both partners are willing to work at it, any marriage can be saved. Are You Even Thinking About Walking Out? ""I'm at the point where I don't think it is worth the effort anymore." " ""The only reason I'm staying is because of the children." " ""Surely God doesn't want me to be this unhappy." " Every woman longs to be appreciated, valued, and cared for. When these needs go unmet, she may be tempted to leave the husband she once loved--but walking out is seldom the path to happiness. Like trusted friends, Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray offer wise and gentle advice to restore hope to your marriage. You'll discover proven methods for how you can move toward each other rather than away, build up instead of tear down, and find love rather than lose it. Story Behind the Book Although a growing number of women are walking away from their marriages, there are no books to help them realize that this is not the path to happiness. A woman's discontentment settles like dust on furniture, and although she tries, she fails to make her husband understand. His responses seem too little and too late. Many women mistakenly believe it is easier emotionally to leave the marriage than try to restore it. We want a woman to realize that even when her heart seems closed to her husband, there is a way to open it and become one again. Loss of love does not equal loss of marriage. Loss of hope does not mean the relationship should be abandoned.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 11, 2004
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590522672 ISBN13 9781590522677
Availability 0 units.
More About Steve Stephens & Alice Gray
Dr. Steve Stephens Dr. Steve Stephens is a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, seminar speaker, and author. Dr. Stephens is the author of twenty books, with over one million copies sold, including the Lists to Live By series, The Worn Out Woman, The Walk Out Woman, and 21 Surprisingly Simple Steps to a Great Life. He lives with his wife, Tami, and three children in Oregon. Pam Vredevelt Pam Vredevelt is a licensed professional counselor, popular inspirational speaker, and bestselling author of the Espresso for a Woman's Spirit series, Angel Behind the Rocking Chair, Empty Arms: Emotional Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy, and The Power of Letting Go. Pam and her husband, John, and their three children make their home in Gresham, Oregon.
Steve Stephens currently resides in the state of Oregon. Steve Stephens was born in 1954.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Walk Out Woman: When Your Heart Is Empty and Your Dreams Are Lost?
Healing Marriages Jul 19, 2008
I am 51 years old, recently divorced after a 3 yr separation, with 2 young adult children (21 & 18), and certainly would like to have read this book years ago. 'Though divorced, I absolutely did not want a divorce, never believed in divorce; but had no idea whatsoever how 'not' to go there. Two years ago when I'd realized how things had gotten, I told my then husband that I'd do whatever it took to keep our marriage, within reason of course; but after having been 'out there,' he decided that a life of no responsibilites, a'care-free' and frivolous life was what he wanted. Our 'children' at the time were 14 & 17 'he' decided he wanted the break, and he'd said that the kids would be okay, knowing full well that this was their ultimate fear - DIVORCE. However, since that time, I'd been reading everything, listening to Christian counseling programs and had learned much, but this book ULTIMATELY made me see for the very first time ever what 'my' mistakes were. Honestly, even at my age I had no idea how very ignorant I was! Now I understand some of the things that 'though they were 'small' so to speak, they were huge to him. We have had to have contact on account of our 18 yr. developing lung cancer, which we were told was there from birth, but is only now revealing itself. (Neither of us were smokers, for the record). I thought that this would unite us, but apparently not; still, I am so very happy that I've discovered this book, and besides, who knows what God has in store for each us? I'm passing it along to my friends. I do think for people that truly want to stay married, this book can't help but have a monumental impact! It truly is a treasure!
I finally learned how to stay married! Aug 7, 2007
I am in my mid 50's and on my 3rd marriage. I want to be married - I just didn't know how to stay married. I have finally learned.
My husband enjoyed and appreciated the assignments. We learned more about each other - and our marriage grew much stronger. I highly recommend this for married couples - and especially every woman who wants to 'WALK OUT'.
The book is easy to read - layed out in simple-down to earth chapters!! The book may cost $5.00 but the result is priceless.
This book helped my marriage Jun 8, 2007
I was thinking of walking out on my 25 plus years of marriage. This book helped me see all the good reasons to stay. It doesn't tell you not to leave, but helps you think through all the consequences of your choices.
Finally a Sensible, Compassionate, Realistic Christian Book on Marriage! Apr 23, 2007
Although I am a Christian, I have not come across many outstanding Christian books on marriage. I tend to find their views unrealistic, sugarcoated, or stereotypical, and their advice either biased or impossible to follow. (Is everything really going to get better if you just decide to submit to your husband more?!) This book exceeded my expectations. First, it has a correct, realistic view on humanity - us Christians are not exempt from sinning or immune to temptations, we also face disappointments, and struggle in our married lives. Read the excellent chapter "The Fantasy of Something Better": it shows you how anyone can start having secret yearnings about that kind, gentle man in the next pew, but also how flawed and dangerous those fantasies can be, and how to redirect your thoughts and actions.
Second, the book is compassionate and helpful without enabling victim mentality. It keeps you accountable for what you and your husband have or have not done for your marriage, but without judgment and guilt-tripping. If this is not a true expression of God's grace, I don't know what is! Third, the advice offered in the book is both plentiful, realistic and applicable. I can't overemphasize the word "realistic". The authors don't promise a magical overnight solution to your problems but the insights and encouragement offered will help you see what is wrong with your marriage and how you can start working on it.
If you are feeling restless and disappointed in your marriage, I highly recommend this book. Even if you don't have any major problems, this book is worth reading and learning from.
Co-author Feb 22, 2006
Although this book was primarily written for women who are thinking of leaving their marriage, it is also a book that will help keep your marriage strong and vibrant whether you are newlyweds or a couple celebrating your fortieth anniversary. There are suggestions for activities and conversation at the end of each chapter. Read it alone or even better, read it as a couple. Both men and women have written commenting on how much the book has helped their marriage. Chapter 4, "What Happened to the Good Times," Chapter 10, "Different Walls," Chapter 14, "The Fantasy of Something Better," and Chapter 17, "Dreaming New Dreams" are especially important if your marriage is hurting. Neil Clark Warren, founder of eharmony.com, has endorsed the book with this comment: For any man who wants to love his wife more deeply--and for any woman who is dying to be loved that way. The book offers wise and gentle advice to restore hope to your marriage. You'll discover proven methods for how you can move toward each other rather than away, build up instead of tear down, and find love rather than lose it. God's blessings for you as your read it.