While many people desperately want to find lasting love, they often fear commitment and hedge their bets with Maybe I Do or half-committed relationships. These relationships often lead to cohabitation, which according to the latest controversial research by relationship expert, Scott Stanley, is a proven indicator for increased chances of a failed marriage down the road. In this valuable new book, Stanley reveals that the secret ingredient in all successful relationships is understanding commitment. He defines commitment as not simply staying together but being together, not feeling constraint or loss, but rather appreciation for the opportunity to experience the unexpected joy and passion of long-term partnership. Stanley presents a five-step program for understanding commitment and uses quotes from the Bible for wisdom and inspiration.
Scott M. Stanley, Ph.D., is the lead author of A Lasting Promise and coauthor of the best-selling Fighting for Your Marriage. He is codirector of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver and appears regularly in the media, including appearances on Fox News, 20/20, national radio talk shows, and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Atlantic Monthly, Psychology Today, Redbook, and Ladies Home Journal.