I, You and Us: Creating a Loving, Lasting Marriage
'Love's work is hard work, and Shirley's book doesn't flinch from that. It is a valuable compendium of intensely practical advice, including well-proven strategies, for couples who are serious about nurturing their relationships. It is based on sound principles and...
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'Love's work is hard work, and Shirley's book doesn't flinch from that. It is a valuable compendium of intensely practical advice, including well-proven strategies, for couples who are serious about nurturing their relationships. It is based on sound principles and is written from a compassionate point of view.' - Hugh Mackay Psychologist, social researcher and novelist. 'You and Us is a much-needed resource based around the words of the wedding service and offers practical wisdom for couples who want to make their wedding day, with its promises and prayers, the foundation of a worthwhile marriage. It will enable clergy to use the wedding service to prepare couples to live out in the years ahead what they vow to each other on one important day.' - Revd Canon Dr Colleen O'Reilly, Chair of Lifeworks; Vicar, St George's Anglican Church, Malvern, VIC. 'Shirley's book is full of practical, down-to-earth ideas and thought-provoking material presented in short "bite-sized" sections accompanied by helpful diagrams. The text includes some useful "Couple Action" sections. Helpful headings direct the reader to understand where their reading will take them. I am always happy to endorse good material aimed at positively helping couples.' - Dr Ivan Herald, Founding Executive Director of OzFAME, Australian Family And Marriage Education
- Preface; Introduction; Section 1: Intimate Love; It Takes Three To Make Love Last - 'i', 'you' And 'us'; You Marry A Real Person; 'i', 'you' And 'us' Maturing; Love's Three Essentials; Love Is A Decision; Love Needs; Togetherness And Separateness; Love Behaviours; Intimate Love For Soul Mates; Aspects Of Intimacy; 'us' Goals, Tasks And Activities; Sensual And Sexual Intimacy; How To Connect Intimately; Questions For Further Reflection; Section 2: Communication, Conflict And Anger; Communication For Soul Mates; Communication Skills; The Speaker And Listener Skill; How To Resolve Issues Or Problems; Making Resolution A Priority; An Example Of How To Use Communication Skills; Expressing And Managing Anger; Questions For Further Reflection; Section 3: Individual, Couple And Family Issues; Family Of Origin; Creating Your New Family; Remarriage Issues; Legal Matters; 'i' And 'you' Personalities; 'i', 'you' And 'us' Values; 'i', 'you' And 'us' Finances; Forgiveness; Laughter; Making Love Last; Extract From 1 Corinthians Chapter 13; Questions For Further Reflection; Appendix 1. Extract From 'a Service For Marriage'; Appendix 2. Agencies Providing Marriage And Family Support Services.