Navigating Your Relationship

A Voyage for Couples

Non-Fiction - Relationships
336 Pages
Reviewed on 09/11/2015
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Navigating Your Relationship: A Voyage for Couples by H. Laurence Schwab M.F.T. is a practical, systemically oriented guide for couples to help in navigating the complex, often turbulent waters of intimate relationships. Like a boat, a couple needs to launch their life and, like a boat, life needs to be controlled to sail well through rough seas and calm waters. But unlike a boat, here there are two captains, hence the need to integrate two visions, the two weather reports on the boat, the perspectives of the two captains, or the sensibilities of two cultures, genders or families of origin. Using this metaphor, the author offers wise advice on matters that affect a couple and how these can be optimally dealt with.

I found Navigating Your Relationship: A Voyage for Couples by H. Laurence Schwab M.F.T. a simple but powerful tool to keep life in good repair. Using metaphors like Moving Toward the Middle of the Boat, Watching and Listening From the Dock, Reaching the Lighthouse and the Harbor, or Handling Rough Seas, the author proposes natural sounding solutions to the most common, everyday problems of every couple. There is one issue I noticed with most of the books on this subject; we feel like reading them only when we are already in trouble, which, had we read them before, would never have arisen. This book is a good read for happy couples (or those who want to be), thanks to the deft handling of the topic.