When your marriage hits a few bumps in the road, you and your spouse may find yourselves in uncharted territory. The Parrotts point you in the right direction. Discover how to handle unfulfilled expectations, unhealthy choices, and other obstacles by strengthening your relationship with hope, responsibility, forgiveness, empathy and commitment.
No matter how good your marriage is, its not invulnerable. Bad things happen to the best of marriages. The question isnt whether youll face struggles as a couple, but how youll handle them when they come. When the going gets tough, what does it take to preserve--and in the long run, even strengthen--your union?Relationship experts and award-winning authors Les and Leslie Parrott believe the same forces that can destroy a marriage can become the catalyst for new relational depth and richness--provided you make wise choices. You can even survive any of the four most heartbreaking crises a marriage can endure: infidelity, addiction, infertility, and loss. The stories and insights of couples who have made it through the worst will encourage you that your marriage is worth fighting for, not just because quitting is so devastating but because the rewards of sticking it out are so great.The Parrotts explain why every marriage starts out good but inevitably bumps into bad things. Then, drawing on their wealth of professional and personal experience as a married couple, they discuss:Three Good Things That Turn Bad for Some CouplesOne Bad Thing Every Marriage Can Make BetterSix Bad Things That Sneak Up on Good MarriagesFour Bad Things That Jolt Good Marriages to Their CoreHow Good Marriages Battle Bad ThingsIn the next-to-last chapter, the Parrotts take you inside the very soul of your marriage--why it so often aches and how a vital connection with God can join your hearts together in ways youve never imagined.Designed for use with its accompanying, individual workbooks for husbands and wives, When Bad Things Happen to Good Marriages could be a life saver for your relationship. It can make the difference between a marriage that founders on the shoals of circumstance and one that grows through hardship to release undreamed-of goodness and blessing in your lives.
A psychologist and a marriage and family therapist, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are founders of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. Their bestselling books include Love Talk, Crazy Good Sex The Complete Guide to Marriage Mentoring, and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Their work has been featured in The New York Times and USA Today, and they have appeared on CNN, OReilly Factor, Good Morning America, Today Show, The View, and Oprah. They live with their two sons in Seattle. Visit LesandLeslie.com.