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The Marriage Sabbatical: The Journey that Brings You Home

By Cheryl Jarvis

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"Any woman who yearns for a break from the demands of home and family to nurture her soul--but thinks she 'couldn't possibly'--will discover a healthy new perspective on her not-so-radical desire in this enlightening book. The key is in the book's subtitle, The Journey That Brings You Home. With six simple words, Cheryl Jarvis illuminates her driving message: 'A woman who takes time away to rejuvenate, to grow, is in the end bringing that back to the marriage and her family.' Drawing from interviews with 55 women who experienced sabbaticals of various lengths and purposes, Jarvis relates the inspiring stories of those who endured criticism (often from surprising sources like closest friends) to pursue their long-nurtured dreams. True to her journalistic background, Jarvis supports each key point with exhaustive research... The backbone of Jarvis's book is the personal tale she relates throughout its 300 pages.

"It's the story of a starry-eyed bride who--like many young women--nearly loses herself (quite willingly) in her mate's professional goals and recreational pastimes, cuts corners in her own successful writing career to raise kids (again, willingly), and then realizes that her family ties are strangling the life out of her. The result: a three-month stint at various writers' colonies, a fresh outlook on life, and a fantastic first book from an insightful--and much more confident--soul." --Liane Thomas -- (Amazon.com)

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When Opposites Attract: Right Brain/ Left Brain Relationships and How to Make Them Work

By Rebecca Cutter

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"In this sensitive guide to relationship problems, Cutter, a Southern California marriage and family therapist, invites couples to consider a non-gender-bound perspective based on brain research... 'Left-brain dominant' mates, we are told, focus on one thing at a time, are blunt, straightforward, tenacious and prefer not to take risks, while 'right-brain dominant' types are intuitive and spontaneous, avoid routine and have trouble separating emotion from fact. When an LB person hooks up with an RB, he or she must learn specific skills to coordinate their polarized ways of being... Includes dialogues from couples therapy sessions plus self-help exercises... This eye-opening manual has much to say about commitment, respect, earning trust and accepting imperfections, and should help many couples confront unmet needs."
(Publishers Weekly)

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