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Gary and Greg Smalley are psychologists as well as father and son. They share insights from their relationship as well as their experience with their clients. They teach parents how to create a loving, respectful, and nurturing relationship with teenagers. Topics include offering loving discipline, handling the family car, dating, and letting go as teens reach adulthood.
HAVE YOU EVER FELT AS IF YOU'RE . . . Repeating the Same Mistakes in Your Relationships? Dr. Gary Smalley tells you the whys and hows of relationships. His insights are based on five years of relational research showing amazing results: a more than 90 percent success rate in resolving conflict and a 72 percent increase in relationship satisfaction.
In this video-based small group study, Gary Smalley uses humor, practical insights, years of research, and biblical principles to reveal 5 key commitments that will determine the destiny of your marriage. Session One: Security: The Secret to a Great Marriage Session Two: Promise to Conform My Beliefs to God's Truths Session Three: I Promise to Be Filled by God Session Four: I Promise to Find God's Best in Every Trial Session Five: Promise to Listen and Communicate with Love Session Six: Promise to Serve You All the Days of My Life Also Includes: Promise Marriage Constitution Read the Book! To maximize the impact of this video-based study, be sure to read Gary Smalley's book, I Promise. A synchronized reading and discussion plan is included in each session of the study.
In this practical book, family counselor and best-selling author Gary Smalley, with John Trent, reveals a simple yet profound plan for a marriage of depth, warmth, and excitement. Guide your marriage for a lifetime by learning how to make your spouse feel truly honored, keep courtship alive, rebuild trust, and become best friends with your family. According to Smalley, good marriages are no accident. And deciding to love--in the practical ways outlined here--can result in relationships that are tougher than tough times.
Gary Smalley & Kari Smalley Gibson share the charming story of Mooki, a beaver orphan who's heartbroken by teasing until he learns children make fun of others because they have an "owie" in their own hearts. After you've read Mooki's Secret, ask your child: * How did Mooki feel when his secret was discovered? * What did Mooki do when he was teased about his teeth? * Did you ever feel had after someone teased you? * How did Suzzi's family encourage Mooki ? * What good things did Mooki learn about himself? * What good things have you learned about yourself? Point out to your child that the Chomper family helped Mooki see that his teeth were good and special. Their warm acceptance and encouragement helped Mooki get past the painful stage of feeling strange, different, and ashamed. We can encourage our children in similar ways. It is so important for you to help your child understand that we all experience painful things. Instead of dwelling on the pain, we can teach our children to trust God. Because of God's unfailing love and grace for His children, He ultimately transforms each painful experience into something that benefits us. As Christians we can have the security of knowing that God will never renege on his promise to make all things work together for good. He never leaves or forsakes us, but promises to give us grace sufficient to meet each trial. Even a young child can understand that God will always be there for us. Explain that there is never a time limit to God's perfect plan for us. He may bring joy in a day, or it may take several years. We may never fully understand why we experience some painful events, but we can completely trust God to bring us joy through it all. One of the most special gifts a parent can give a child is the example of calm trust in our loving and faithful God. You may also wish to explore these Scriptures with your child: Romans 8:28; Isaiah 61:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; James 1:2; and Hebrews 12:9-11. You can read more about finding joy through pain in thebook Joy That Lasts. Picture descriptions present.
Prepare Yourself for Lasting Love. You've searched a lifetime for that special person, but how can you be absolutely certain that you've found "The One"? And more important, how can you hold on to that love for the rest of your life?More Than a Match explores the "compatibility factor," demystifying the science behind matchmaking and giving you the tools you need to find the love you want. You'll learn how to apply the specifics of good compatibility to a prospective date or mate, as well as how to break things off when you find yourself in the wrong relationship.But since great relationships aren't built on compatibility alone, marriage experts Michael and Amy Smalley also delve into the "forever factor," giving you the skills you need to turn your romance into a lifelong love affair. You'll learn how to deal with conflict, how to develop a healthy sex life, and how to recover when you inevitably hurt one another.Fantastic marriages begin long before the exchange of the rings; they start when two people in search of love commit themselves to learning to how to love well...and forever. Because finding and keeping the love of your life is about much More Than a Match.
The 5 volume Redemption Series is set in Bloomington, Indiana. The series follows the lives of John and Elizabeth Baxter and their five adult children, each of whom is trying to find his or her way in life--sometimes with God, sometimes without. The series will follow the paths of pain and pleasure, tragedy and tears that take place in the lives of Brooke, Kari, Ashley, Erin, and Luke. The Baxters, their spouses, and friends experience the same struggles each of us faces--the longing for lasting love, the hurt of broken relationships, the fear of the unknown, questions about the future, the sorrow of loss, and the joy of restored relationships. Over time you'll come to know the Baxter family as if they were your neighbors or members of your own family. The Redemption Series illustrates the relational teachings of Gary Smalley in a way that is changing lives across the world. In the opening Book, Redemption, when Kari Baxter Jacobs finds out that her college professor husband Tim is involved in an adulterous relationship with college student Angela Manning and wants a divorce, she decides she will love him and remain faithful to her marriage at all costs. This book shows how God can redeem seemingly hopeless relationships, and it illustrates one of Gary Smalley's key messages: Love is a decision.
This latest release in the Redemption series reunites readers with the continuing saga of the Baxter family. Brooke Baxter has achieved everything this world has to offer--a prestigious career, a beautiful home, and two wonderful children. Her recent return to her faith is an encouragement to her family. But if she faces tremendous loss, can her fledgling faith and her rocky marriage survive?
Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance--her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley's world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more that ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley's key messages: Honor one another.
This touching novel reunites readers with the Baxter family and focuses on the only Baxter son, Luke. He is determined to leave his faith and his past behind and embrace a new, free-thinking future. But what he doesn't realize is that his past holds a secret even he doesn't know. When Luke finds out, his comfortable new life is turned upside down, and he must turn back to his roots.
This touching story allows us to see into the lives of the Baxter family as Erin and Sam attempt to adopt a child. As the family looks forward to a heartwarming reunion they find out that Mr. and Mrs. Baxter have a secret that could change their lives forever.
Animals teach personality traits and how to respect individuals for who they are. The four animals in this story came out of the personality section we teach in our "Love Is a Decision" seminars, based on our book The Two Sides of Love. Not only do we want children to begin to learn the different personality characteristics, but it is also our deep desire to help parents begin to recognize and highly value even their very young children's unique, God-given bents. It was our good friend Chuck Swindoll who first pointed out to us how the familiar Proverb "Train up a child in the way he should go ..." should best be translated. The way it actually reads in Hebrew is "Train up a child according to his bent ...." We hope that by using four animals to describe the four basic personality types, we have helped you to see more clearly your child's "bent." And for you to help your child learn more about his own personality strengths, we've included a brief personality checklist for the two of you to do together. Limited picture descriptions present.
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