12 Hours to a Great Marriage

If most people were asked what they wanted most out of life, nearly all of them would say they wanted a great marriage, one that would last forever. Yet nearly half of all marriages today end in divorce, showing that great marriages do not come naturally to most of us. During the past twenty-five years, however, the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), the most successful, longest-standing, most scientifically researched and academically based marriage enhancement/divorce prevention program in the world, has succeeded in helping couples across the country improve and preserve their marriages. By taking the PREP program, thousands of couples around the globe have learned to replace loneliness with connection, frustration with understanding, fear with confidence, instability with commitment, revenge with forgiveness, and monotony with passion.

12 Hours to a Great Marriage

Author: Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, Susan L. Blumberg, Natalie H. Jenkins, and Carol Whiteley ISBN 0-7879-6800-5

Now, for the first time, this exciting, proven, highly praised program is available in an easy-to-use, low-cost book. 12 Hours to a Great Marriage provides all the invaluable information from PREP seminars in a simple, straightforward version of the actual training. Readers will learn, at their own pace and in their own time, to use the simple, effective strategies that have helped thousands of couples—happily married, having issues, or planning to marry—to develop and protect their love. Reading the book, on their own or with a partner, will help them to do their part to develop and protect a loving relationship.

Authors Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, Susan L. Blumberg, Natalie H. Jenkins, and Carol Whiteley, internationally respected marital researchers based at the University of Denver, have condensed twenty-five years of marital research and experience into the book’s twelve-hour program. The twelve chapters, which don’t need to be read consecutively, are grouped into four parts, each of which focuses on one of the PREP keys to success, including handling conflict, making positive connections, forgiving, and making a long-term commitment. Each chapter covers one of the key ingredients of the program, like Being Best Friends, Having Fun Together, and Protecting and Enhancing Your Love Life, and shows how to take the steps that research shows are the basis for a long-term, healthy, loving marriage. This must-have book tackles topics ranging from communication to money, parenting to sexuality, in an eminently useful and entertaining format. Everyone who is interested in relationships and dreams of having a happy, healthy marriage will enjoy and benefit from this gem of a book.

While it’s often said that it’s easy to fall in love but hard to stay there, by following the program provided in 12 Hours to a Great Marriage—practicing the simple skills, taking the thought-provoking self-tests, doing the fun and innovative exercises, and reading real-life couples’ inspiring and informative stories—readers will find that in twelve short hours they will be on their way to having that great marriage they’ve always dreamed of.

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