- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 17, 2003

Books

• “Surrendering to Marriage: Husbands, Wives and Other Imperfections,” by Iris Krasnow, Hyperion, 2002. Via personal observations and scores of real-life stories of marriage and divorce, the author reveals that a successful union has everything to do with embracing the ordinary in everyday life.

• “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver, Crown Publishers, 1999. This book is the culmination of Mr. Gottman’s life work in his studies of married couples. It offers seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship.

Associations

• The Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment, PO Box 10596, Winston-Salem, NC 27108. Telephone: 800/634-8325. Web site: www.bettermarriages.org. The mission of ACME is to promote better marriages by providing enrichment opportunities that strengthen couples’ relationships, increase intimacy and enhance personal growth, mutual fulfillment and family wellness.

• Marriage Savers Inc., 9311 Harrington Drive, Potomac, MD 20854. Telephone: 301/469-5873. Web site: www.marriagesavers.org. Marriage Savers is a ministry that equips local communities, principally through local congregations, to help men and women prepare for lifelong marriage, strengthen existing marriages and restore troubled marriages.

Online

• Marriage Support — Resources for Marriage and Other Committed Couple Relationships (www.couples-place.com) is an online community for help with solving marriage problems, improving relationship skills, celebrating marriage and achieving happiness with partners. It is the brainchild of Maine-based psychotherapist David E. Sanford.

• The site for Smart Marriages — the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education (www.smartmarriages.com) offers advice, support and links to an impressive array of learning tools and literature to help couples stay on track.

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