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“Most people spend the largest part of their adulthood slogging through committed relationships, and they need books like this.” – Library Journal

“This book could kick-start a wreck of a relationship back into high gear.” – Sue Johansen, Oxygen Media

“For a sagging relationship, you can get the spark back if the book’s instructions are followed.” – The Washington Post

The Minimalist Marriage: How to Have Less Drama and More Happiness in Your Relationship

There is a quiet but exciting revolution happening in our society. Many people have had enough of having too much and are consciously, even courageously, choosing a more minimalist lifestyle. They are learning to distinguish between what they need and what they need to get rid of. And they are finding profound freedom in that. They are also finding more time, more money and more peace of mind.

It’s the same thing with married life. When you learn what to cling to and what to let go of, married life is simpler. When you learn how to interact with your spouse, how to prevent and respond to conflict, and when you learn how to do those things in the simplest terms possible, married life is happier. When you work together to clear the clutter – physical, emotional and mental – you’re left with just the good stuff. That’s what a minimalist marriage is all about.

So if you’ve ever stood back after cleaning out your closet or garage and thought “Wow, I feel better,” and you’d love to feel that same sense of streamlined simplicity and accomplishment in your married life, this little book is for you.

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Couples in Crisis: Overcoming Affairs & Opposite-Sex Friendships: A Fast & Innovative Approach to Rebuild Trust and Revive Your Marriage (Not Talk It To Death!)

Leading marriage author-expert and couples mediator Debra Macleod, B.A., LL.B., provides a ground-breaking, plain-spoken approach to tackling affairs and inappropriate opposite-sex friendships. She outlines an innovative way for spouses to work as allies to rebuild trust and repair their marriage: the betrayed spouse reads Part I of the book, while the unfaithful spouse reads Part II. Each part contains frank insight and workable advice that is tailored to the position each spouse finds himself or herself in. The goal is to get couples working as a team as quickly as possible. This book is only suitable for couples who are working together to rebuild their marriage, and who are willing to hear the “hard truth” at times – that includes looking at their own behavior and making changes.

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Note: Those seeking more assertive and comprehensive guidance – or dealing with more challenging partners – should consider a crash course, such as Prevent Infidelity // End Their Inappropriate Friendship or a course from the Overcoming Infidelity series. 

Marriage SOS: 30 Lifelines to Rescue Your Relationship in One Month

In Marriage SOS, Debra Macleod, B.A., LL.B., has gathered her unique brand of practical, plain-spoken marriage advice into book format. Part “emergency” marriage manual and part wake-up call to couples, Debra has created a month-long relationship saver that each day gives spouses a new “lifeline” strategy to rescue their relationship. She also offers a general overview of common issues that can drain the life out of a marriage. This pragmatic and user-friendly book should be essential reading for all couples, whether as a remedy for marriage ills or as preventative medicine.

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Marriage SOS: Oilpatch Edition: How Oilpatch Couples Can Prevent Relationship Blow Out & Stay Together Even When Apart

Authored by Debra Macleod, B.A., LL.B., the world’s leading authority on “oil patch” relationships and a consultant for the energy sector, this book tackles common problems seen in oil patch marriages, including such issues as time apart and loneliness, emotional meltdowns, telephone and text fights, absence and intimacy, broken trust, money problems (a budget framework is included), dealing with an unappreciative, unsupportive or critical spouse and more. It also includes marriage-saving “checkpoints” for a husband’s Days On/Away and Days Off/Home, so that couples can stay connected while apart and get along while together. This book will be relevant to any couple who needs to make an “extended time apart” marriage work, from executives to long-haul truck drivers.

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Marriage SOS: Blended Family Edition: Resolve Your Problems & Become a Real Family in One Month

In this Blended Family Edition of her Marriage SOS book series, Debra Macleod, B.A., LL.B. offers real-world advice to partners who are struggling with a blended family or step situation. Best of all, she helps partners use their blended-family situation to strengthen their relationship.  Part marriage manual and part wake-up call to couples, this month-long relationship saver gives partners a new “lifeline” strategy each day to improve their relationship and blended-family life.  It also offers an overview of the biggest challenges that partners face.  While this book is fair and encouraging to partners who are sincerely motivated to make the best of a blended family situation, it is alive to the problems and power struggles in blended-family life and tackles these in a plain-spoken way.

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