The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment
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The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment

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This is a wonderful book. I recommend it to all families as required reading. --Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. author, Getting the Love You Want and Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents This is a beautiful book--timely, passionate, and powerful. It is also so well written, it's a page-turner and you'll find wealth of insight on every page. If you have specific question...more
ebook, 276 pages
Published June 8th 2009 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2009)
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There aren't really any 'secrets' here. This book really just states the obvious. The author uses a whole chapter to say that families come in all shapes and sizes. Another chapter says people who stayed married longer have adjusted their expectations of romantic love. No one needs a book to tell them that.
I really enjoyed this book. I especially loved the idea about sitting down with your family and deciding which family values are going to drive your life. It is a great way to give direction and priority into your family's course. He also talks about the importance of resiliency and other family secrets. Overall I thought he had some great points. I guess he is also the author of “secrets for happy wives”, and “secrets for happy husbands” and people were upset with him for his definition of fami...more
Terrible book. There are a few good thoughts but it's been reduced to a feel good book by trying to be politically correct and defining all family variants as "family". I'd much rather study and ponder the Proclamation on the Family given by our modern day prophet and apostles and if you truly follow what you learn, along with Sister Beck's talk "Mothers Who Know" you'll be set and won't even need to pick this up. Same stuff just watered down. Go to the source, uphold the family unit - single pa...more
An interesting read for the most part, but definitely not from a christian view point. Most of the principles seem to be pretty much commonsense things that my family does anyway, so it wasn't life changing. It was good to see that the things we do on a daily basis without much thought matter in the long run.
As far as family related books go, and I have read a ton for school and on my own, just ok.
Lisa Williams
Worth reading if you have the time, but it's not a "must-read." I think it could've been shorter, the first chapter especially seemed drawn out and almost pointless. Good tips but nothing groundbreaking.
Basically common sense ideas. Nothing new or exciting. Good reminder that you need to communicate and plan to be a happy family, it doesn't just happen.
Way, way over due and had to take back before I finished. It was a little basic, but I hadn't gotten super far in it, may check it out again.
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