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Marriage by Design: The Keys to Create, Cultivate and Claim the Marriage You've Always Wanted by Eric A. Disney is an insightful guide to the issues that plague couples and how to establish new patterns of behavior to avoid the “D” word (divorce). Many believe that all you need is love in a relationship without understanding the hard work required to sustain a lifelong marriage. Disney draws on his expertise as a pastor and counselor to lay out practical applications and personal testimony, wisdom and biblical reference. The book is divided into three easy to digest parts: laying the foundation, building the relationship and conquering issues that divide. Couples can establish a foundation of hope, faith and trust to restore their marriage commitment. This engaging book has “taking action” exercises, footnotes for quick reference and space for writing notes. The purpose of the interactive nature is to move from feelings to awareness of thoughts and examine beliefs to cultivate healthier behaviors. Common pitfalls are discussed so that fundamentals can be built to heal damaged relationships.
Based on Christian theology, a model of marriage is defined that is the end goal. Everyone brings their own unique perspective to the table, but is given the tools to lead by character. The ease and benefits to doing counseling workbooks at home is a strengthening of adult bonds, reaffirmation of love and a willingness to change for the better. Marriage by Design: The Keys to Create, Cultivate and Claim the Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Eric A. Disney holds a wealth of information, offers inspiration and reminds us of God’s eternal love, which we mirror in our relationships after all. I highly recommend this well thought out self-help book for anyone who wants to take it to the next level.