"What a wise and uplifting book! Spiced by the authors personal stories, The Marriage Garden takes the best contemporary research on marriage and makes it practical for couples. Even people who don t like relationship books will like this one!"
William J.Doherty, PhD, professor, University of Minnesota, and author, Take Back Your Marriage
"We all want a fruitful and flourishing marriage. This book breaks it down, step–by–step, fills us with hope, and puts the glory of the harvest within our reach. It s a winner!"
Diane Sollee, director, The Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, smartmarriages.com
"If the tips from this book are applied, your relationship with your spouse will grow and flourish into a dynamic marriage!"
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, happily married for 25 years and stars of the TLC show 18 Kids & Counting
"No matter how strong you think your relationship is, there s always room to grow. And The Marriage Garden can take even the healthiest of relationships to a new level."
Jason Wright, New York Times best–selling author, The Wednesday Letters and Christmas Jars
"Filled with tremendous anecdotes, sound advice, and the wisdom of two seasoned experts, The Marriage Garden blooms spectacularly in every way. Whether you re just married, need to save your marriage, or want to richly enhance it, this book is for you!"
Stephen R. Covey, author of the best–selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"The Marriage Garden is a home run! It succeeds in giving specific direction and needed counsel to all who are married."
Dale Murphy, two–time National League Most Valuable Player
A Note from the Authors.
Introduction: Welcome to the Marriage Garden!
1 Commitment: The Choice to Pledge Your Best Efforts.
2 Grow: It Takes Vibrant People to Create Vibrant Relationships.
3 Nurture: Do the Work of Loving.
4 Understand: Cultivate Compassion for Your Partner.
5 Solve: Turn Differences into Blessings.
6 Serve: Give Back to Your Community.
7 Gardening, Harvesting, and Planning for the Future.
About the Authors.
James P. Marshall, PhD, is assistant professor of family life with the University of Arkansas. Dr. Marshall is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Both Goddard and Marshall are part of the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network.