When a person's "love bucket" of appreciation and encouragement is empty, they don't have much to give.
What is the secret to a lasting marriage? What makes it good? How can a couple overcome rough patches? Could your marriage use a "booster shot"?
Let Love Go Forward brings to life the dynamics of the marital relationship, both the good times and the difficult. Beginning with the bonding phase, referred to as "The Chase," former marriage and family counselor Terry Olsen explains the pitfalls and potholes that can sour a relationship to the point of going off the rails with a flatline pulse and the pilot light of the soul all but diminished. Filled with relatable examples (included lessons learned from Olsen's failed first marriage), Let Love Go Forward offers practical helps, encouragement, and positive resolutions to get struggling marriages back on track. With the help of discussion questions, couples will gain a hopeful outlook for their days ahead, and hope is a powerful ally.
Read with an open mind. Be reminded of what makes marriages enjoyable. Be willing to make some changes and be surprised to experience that marriage can be more than just grinding-it-out. If you are thinking to yourself, "I wish my marriage were better," then this is a book for you. Many of those who are looking for a more nurturing marriage, hoping for some change. Read this book and you will realize that hope and change are powerful allies. For couples who feel their relationship is pretty good, you will find suggestions for making it even better.
Terry Olsen brings a lifetime of experience to this book. He has spent a good portion of his adult life working with the Christian outreach program, Young Life. He has been a marriage and family counselor. He had his own non-profit organization, Family Insights, for many years, giving seminars, workshops, and retreats on parenting issues, especially, as they relate to men and their families. Terry has had the experience of single parenting two young children, then becoming part of a blended family. He has a B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle; an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA; and his M.ED.-Counseling from Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, OR. Terry and his wife Mardi live in Kenmore, WA. They have four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.