Before You Plan Your Wedding...Plan Your Marriage

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Building a Marriage That Will Last a Lifetime

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley open their hearts and share their lives in Before You Plan Your Wedding...Plan Your Marriage so that you can know not only how to build a marriage that will last, but also how to have the kind of marriage where you and your spouse feel safe and honored and valued. When you feel safe, your heart will be open -- and open hearts make for fulfilling, powerful relationships.

Find out about the "fear dance" and how to stop dancing it. Discover the two biggest issues that threaten every marriage and how to stop them before they start. Learn what's more important than finding your soul mate and the significance of happiness in your union.

As wonderful as a wedding is, it lasts only for a brief time -- yet marriage is meant to last a lifetime. This important book will show you how to plan your marriage before you plan your wedding.
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About the author

Dr. Greg Smalley is the author of 18 books, including Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage and Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage. He earned his doctorate in psychology and serves as the Vice-President of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family.

Erin Smalley is the coauthor of 8 books, including her latest 10 Things a Husband Needs From His Wife. Originally a labor and delivery nurse, Erin holds a masters degree in clinical psychology. She currently works alongside her husband Dr. Greg Smalley at Focus on the Family as a marriage strategic spokesperson and also continues to work with couples in private practice.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jan 8, 2008
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781416548133
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Marriage & Long-Term Relationships
Religion / Christian Life / Love & Marriage
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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