Everyone has expectations, but not everyone acknowledges them. In marriage, unrecognized expectations can be especially dangerous—when couples expect each other to be and act a certain way without communicating their assumptions, disappointment is never too far away. Now, relationship expert Gary Smalley and his pastor and friend Ted Cunningham show couples how to defuse the ticking bomb of unrealistic expectations and arm their marriage with healthy communication and honest intimacy. As Long as We Both Shall Live will help couples acknowledge their unexpressed assumptions, understand one another’s genuine needs and talk openly about their hopes and desires. Women and men will find the tools they need to build lasting and loving marriages.
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When you got married, you had a picture in your mind’s eye of your life ahead. Maybe rose petals and candlelight every night of the week were a big feature in your imagination. Or you saw yourself standing with your spouse atop the world’s tallest mountains, gazing into a limitless future. Or you envisioned welcoming baby number seven home to your sprawling mansion in the country. Whatever the picture was, it’s probably safe to say that not all the details have worked out just the way you imagined.
In marriage, undisclosed expectations can be dangerous—when couples expect each other to be and act a certain way without communicating their assumptions, disappointment is just around the corner! Relationship expert Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham, founder of Two Ignite, show you how to defuse the ticking time bomb of unrealistic expectations and deepen your relationship with honesty, empathy and respect. As Long as We Both Shall Live will help you and your spouse acknowledge your unexpressed assumptions, understand one another’s genuine needs and talk openly about your hopes and desires. As you use the tools found in each chapter, you’ll build a lasting, loving marriage—and dream up a new picture of your life together!
GARY SMALLEY is president and founder of the Smalley Relationship Center, which presents conferences nationwide and provides resources for families and churches. Combined, his books have sold more than 6 million copies. The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love won the Gold Medallion Award for excellence in literature, and The Language of Love won the Angel Award for best contribution to family life. Gary has been a guest on numerous national TV shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live and NBC’s Today. He is the coauthor, with Ted Cunningham, of The Language of Sex and From Anger to Intimacy. TED CUNNINGHAM is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Community Church in Branson, Missouri. Woodland Hills was planted in 2002 and received a Purpose Driven Church Health Award in 2006. Ted is a speaker with the Smalley Relationship Center and coauthor of The Language of Sex and From Anger to Intimacy with Gary Smalley. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Amy, have two wonderful children, Corynn and Carson.
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