About the series
The Quick-Reference Guides are A-Z guides that assist people-helpers--pastors, professional counselors, youth workers, and everyday believers--to easily access a full array of information to aid them in (formal and informal) counseling situations. Each of the forty topics covered follows a helpful eight-part outline and identifies: 1) typical symptoms and patterns, 2) definitions and key thoughts, 3) questions to ask, 4) directions for the conversation, 5) action steps, 6) biblical insights, 7) prayer starters, and 8) recommended resources.
In Don't Bury an Ailing Marriage, veteran psychologist Dr. Don D. Campbell goes beyond surface reasons for most relationship problems--such as poor communication, financial issues, or sexual dysfunction--to diagnose the underlying causes of marital discord that prevent couples from achieving the happiness and fulfillment they desire and deserve. Several ailments and viruses are identified, but from among them Dr. Campbell identifies the most common and damaging virus of all--a fear of closeness. He explains how the Fear of Closeness Virus is the underlying root for most symptoms within ailing marriages as well as how to effectively treat it to sustain emotional and physical intimacy through the years.
The abundant information in the book is delivered with a sense of humor and illustrative stories as well as helpful Prescription Pads--a series of exercises at the end of each chapter to help the reader apply the doctor's advice and take proactive steps for positive change.
Resist the temptation to call the mortician (lawyer) and prepare for the funeral (divorce). For virtually any marriage, regardless of its current state, put the shovel away--it's not too late to resuscitate!