Marriage Makeovers

Three suprising solutions for common relationship problems

Would you take a year-long break from your marriage? Devise a system for arguing with your mate? Or even give up control in your relationship? If you've hit a relationship rut, take a look at how three new books put a surprising twist on relationships advice. If your marriage could use a makeover or you just want to try something new, consider these solutions to age-old dilemmas.

Would you surrender?

Laura Doyle's controversial book The Surrendered Wife presents one basic principle to solve marriage problems: give up control to gain intimacy. While some might argue her theory is a throwback to the 1950s, Laura's supporters believe they've found a way to reexamine the balance of power in the modern marriage. What do you think?

Would you take a marriage sabbatical?

Could you leave family and home behind to pursue a dream? As Cheryl Jarvis explores in her new book The Marriage Sabbatical, there is a way for women to pursue their deferred dreams: Take a break from your marriage and do something for yourself. If you're intrigued by this idea:

Are you looking for practical ways to solve your most persistent problems?

Kathy Dawson has a theory: Everyday relationship problems can be remedied with everyday solutions. Need to make time for romance? Make it convenient with a romance drawer. Learn more about Kathy's guide to a practical approach to marriage, Diagnosis: Married, here:

How are other women finding ways to keep their marriage healthy and happy? Ask your questions, find support and share your relationship tips on the Happily Married message board.

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