“Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”
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A Self-Help Book for Couples!
Goals of Empowering Couples:

  • Identify your couple strengths.
  • Build and increase your couple strengths.
  • Identify some of your stumbling blocks.
  • Develop a plan for building a stronger and more satisfying couple relationship.

“A treasure-trove of wisdom and practical skills about relationships, backed by good science and written in a conversational style that makes you feel like you are listening to a wise and caring friend.”

Dr. Bill Doherty, author of Intentional Family

“This book will become a marriage classic. I believe that conflict can actually be the doorway to intimacy and deep friendship between mates. That concept is captured extremely well in this book Empowering Couples. I plan to do all I can to get it into the hands of thousands of couples.”

Dr. Gary Smalley, author of Making Love Last Forever

Empowering Couples is built on more than 20 years of clinical experience and research with couples. The foundation is the PREPARE/ENRICH Program, which is one of the most popular couple programs used in the world. More than 45,000 counselors and clergy of all denominations have used this program with more than 1,000,000 couples. This program has also been introduced into 10 other countries.

The book focuses on the 10 most important areas of couple relationships including couple communication, conflict resolution, roles, finances, spiritual beliefs, sexuality, couple closeness and flexibility, parenting and couple goals.

Empowering Couples is based on a national survey of 21,501 married couples. This data was used to identify common stumbling blocks (problematic issues) for couples. In addition, a comparison of happy and unhappy couples was done to identify the strengths of happy couples.

Each Book Chapter Contains:
  • Couple Quiz on chapter topic
  • Common stumbling blocks (problematic issues)
  • Stepping stones for building your couple strengths
  • Couple discussion exercises
AUTHORS of Empowering Couples:

David H. Olson, Ph.D. is a professor of Family Social Science at University of Minnesota and is president of Life Innovations. He has received many awards from national organizations (AAMFT, AFTA, ACA, ACME and Penn State University) for his research and programs for couples and families. He is a fellow and clinical member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

He has published more than 20 books and 100 journal articles on marriage and the family. His recent books include: Building Relationship: Developing Skills for Life (1999) and Marriage and Family: Diversity and Strengths (2000). He has appeared on numerous talks shows including Oprah, CBS Morning Show and NBC Today Show.

Amy K. Olson, B.A. is a research associate at Life Innovations. She has co-authored several articles on the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. She is co-author of Building Relationships: Developing Skills for Life.