The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love
Falling in love is never a straight line to “happily ever after.” Relationships go through seasons of change, renewal, darkness, and light.
“With knowledge, commitment, and practice, we can usually work through these challenges, even when they initially feel insurmountable,” writes Carroll. “Contrary to conventional wisdom, people don’t meet, fall in love, overcome a few trials, and then live happily ever after - nor do conflict and dissatisfaction between partners necessarily mean a couple is headed for Splitsville.” ,
Love Skills offers a do-it-yourself version of a highly effective workshop program, which Carroll has been co-teaching with her husband for over 25 years, that readers can complete individually or as a couple. The book addresses both small troubles and the more serious dilemmas of communication gridlock, betrayal, and seemingly intractable differences, while providing a clear map for moving forward with these issues in the most productive way possible.
“When you know how to navigate the storms, conflict can lead to understanding and even closeness that makes your relationship even better than it was before,” writes Carroll. “In most cases, the Love Skills process will help you to rediscover the original promise of your relationship and offer you a road map for traveling this rewarding and challenging path.”
Carroll’s well-researched practices help keep love alive in the midst of serious challenges, and the specific, effective solutions she outlines provide a clear map for moving forward. Her couple-tested techniques allow readers to deal with conflict without losing connection, and show that conflict, when navigated properly, can lead to renewed closeness and unprecedented connection.
“Here’s the truth about intimate relationships: the conflicts you face right now may never disappear,” writes Carroll. “But the good news is, the ways you manage these differences can change profoundly. As you develop the emotional and interpersonal skills described in these pages, your conflicts with your partner will become less painful and destructive - and your relationship can begin to thrive again.”
About the Author: Linda Carroll is the author of Love Skills and Love Cycles. While she has worked as a therapist and couple’s coach for over three decades and has acquired numerous certificates and degrees along the way, she says that her own thirty-five-year marriage is the primary source of her knowledge when it comes to the cycles of love. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon. Visit her online at https://lindaacarroll.com
Love Skills by Linda Carroll
• 320 pages • $19.95 • ISBN 978-1-62203-623-0
Book Release from New World Library