One of the strengths of this book is the clarity and tightness of its
writing. There are no unnecessary words and the author writes in a
natural, conversational style that gives the reader a sense of being in
the room with the author.
"Save the Marriage" can easily be read
in one sitting, but don't mistake this for lack of richness in its
content. The author, Dr. Lee Baucom, outlines essential principles and
practices, or what he calls "right actions," for saving and revitalizing
an ailing marriage.
Here some highlights of what you will find in the core book, "Save the Marriage":
A discussion of why traditional couple therapy often fails, pp. 4-8.
to strengthen the "WE" aspect of marriage, and how to overcome specific
dynamics that interfere with developing a strong sense of "WE" in the
marriage, pp. 10-22.
A useful image for understanding how
you can begin to shift the balance or patterns in your relationship to a
more sustainable and satisfying marriage, pp. 23-26.
simple secrets to a successful marriage, including a powerful question
that you can ask that will help you to stop arguing, on page 49.
ways to reconnect with feelings of love if it seems like you have lost
loving feelings for your spouse. You’ll find these on pages 68-71.
to handle a situation when you feel that your spouse or partner is
yelling at you and you want them to stop, outlined on pages 96-98.
important practices that must be nurtured intentionally and regularly
in order to create a successful relationship, discussed on pages
... and more, listed on Dr. Baucom's site.
with a good understanding of these principles and practices, readers can be in a better position to act in ways that will strengthen
rather than weaken their relationship.
My version of this e-book
is several years old. When I first downloaded the book and read it
myself, only the core book "Save the Marriage" was included for the
purchase price. I was impressed by the richness of theory and principles
in the book, but it did seem to me at the time that there were pieces
When I put myself in the shoes of a reader in a failing
marriage, I could imagine someone finishing the book feeling enlightened
and more hopeful, but still thirsting for more specific information
about applying these principles in concrete ways on their own. At the
time, I considered this to be a potential weakness of the book.
Dr. Baucom has since included a number of very helpful bonuses with
this book that serve to fill this vacuum with specific guidance for
tough situations. These additional bonuses include the following reports
The Top Five Things Not To Do When Your Partner Wants Out.
The Quick Start Guide to Saving Your Marriage.
Down-N-Dirty Guide to Saving Your Marriage.
Coping with a Midlife Marriage Crisis (Audio).
Recovering from an Affair (Audio).
5 Rules for Fair Fighting Report.
A bonus e-book, "Change of Heart" by Paul and Jennifer Thibeault.
as a helpful resource to couples, I recommend this book. Most readers will probably
need to read these books several times to let the information in them
sink in. Some readers may still want or need the help
and support of a caring professional or a third-party who can guide them
in implementing the principles outlined in this book. I do believe,
however, that the information offered in these pages can be a valuable
asset in a couple's quest to achieve the marriage they desire.
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