- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 1, 2001


Books

* "Marriage in Motion," by Dr. Richard S. Schwartz and Dr. Jacqueline Olds, Perseus Publishing, 2000. This book was written by a married couple who are psychiatrists and clinical professors at Harvard University.
* "Should We Stay Together?" by Jeffry H. Larson, Ph.D., Jossey-Bass, 2000. This book is based on a compilation of research into marriage and relationships, as well as Mr. Larsons 10 years of research.
* "Surrendering to Marriage: Husbands, Wives and Other Imperfections," by Iris Krasnow, Talk Miramax Books, 2001. This new book was written by a journalism professor and mother of four boys. The author has written candidly about her own 12 years of marriage, the ups and downs and why she believes in marriage.
* "The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially," by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher, Doubleday, 2000. This book is filled with data on the benefits of marriage and corrects some misunderstandings about the institution of marriage.
* "The Second Half of Marriage," by Claudia S. Arp and David H. Arp, HarperCollins, 1996.
* "Fighting for Your Empty Nest Marriage: Reinventing Your Relationship When the Kids Leave Home," by Claudia S. Arp, David H. Arp, Scott M. Stanley, Howard J. Markman and Susan L. Blumberg; John Wiley & Sons; 2000.
* "Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness: How Embracing the Virtues of Loyalty, Generosity, Justice, and Courage Can Strengthen Your Relationship," by Blaine J. Fowers, Ph.D., Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Associations

* Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, 5310 Belt Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20015. Phone: 202/362-3332. Web site: www.smartmarriages.com. This organization was founded in 1996 for gathering and disseminating information on marriage. Its Web site offers information and resources for couples. The coalition also sponsors an annual marriage conference with leading researchers and authors. This years conference — "Smart Marriages/Happy Families" — will be held June 19 through 26 in Orlando, Fla.
* Marriage Savers, 9311 Harrington Drive, Potomac, Md. 20854. Phone: 301/469-5873. Web site: www.marriagesavers.org. This nonprofit group has the goal of cutting the divorce rate community by community and church by church. Mike McManus, its founder, says the organization has created community marriage covenants in which pastors agree that they will no longer do quickie weddings but instead will require four months of counseling and a premarital inventory. The group also trains older couples to mentor couples preparing for marriage as well as couples whose marriages are on the brink because of alcoholism or adultery.

Online

* Alliance for Marriage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting marriage and fatherhood, has a Web site (www.allianceformarriage.org). The Web site contains the organizations agenda and a copy of a national marriage poll conducted in August 2000.
* Claudia and David Arps, authors and founders of Marriage Alive International Inc., have a Web site (www.marriagealive.org) with information on marriage education seminars, books, videos and other resources.
* The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), created by marriage researchers Howard J. Markman, Ph.D., and Scott M. Stanley, Ph.D., can be found on the Web (www.prepinc.com). The site has videos, books and workshops taught by PREP instructors.


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