The Wholehearted Marriage
Renowned marriage counselors Dr. Greg Smalley and Dr. Shawn Stoever show couples how to wholeheartedly embrace and understand God's true design for love.
Love is far more than just a feeling, it is a tool to cultivate spiritual growth within the special framework of an intimate partnership. True love is supposed to challenge us, as well as delight us. It's easier to go through a relationship halfheartedly as a mode of protecting ourselves from facing our fears about intimacy. But each person needs to learn how to love wholeheartedly in order to enjoy true, lasting intimacy, and that means taking risks.
As "The Wholehearted Marriage" illustrates, one of the most common reasons marriages fail is because some couples don't maintain a passionate connection with one another. Certain circumstances, such as busy lifestyles, personal baggage, the loss of a loved one, or childhood trauma can trigger reactions that condition us to close up our hearts for protection and block the flow of love. A disengaged heart makes it impossible for a person to experience the spiritual benefits of a connected marriage. Dr. Smalley and Dr. Stoever explain how to overcome the struggles of a loveless marriage and work to prevent divorce. With "The Wholehearted Marriage", couples can learn practical guidelines for sustaining a happy, fulfilling partnership.