Good Reads

Marriage Counseling Books Houston TexasThe DNA of Relationships for Couples- Dr. Greg Smalley, Dr. Robert S. Paul, Donna K. Wallace

Through the pages of this book, the reader will observe a true to life “Intensive” with typical couples and typical issues. Gain an appreciation for the superb professionalism that gently helps each couple penetrate their divisive baggage and find anew their common hopes and dreams for the future.

love languages book relationship help texas houstonThe 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts- Dr. Gary Chapman

You will wonder how you could have been so blind to have never considered what makes your loved one really feel loved. Statistically most couples do not share the same view of what makes them feel loved. Could that explain why flowers and bon bons never worked?

Upstream Philanthropy: Marriage and Family Formation- Barbara J. Elliott and John L. Stanley

A suburb white paper for anyone doing due diligence on how to get the most for their philanthropic buck. This exhaustively annotated and data driven treatise will bring you to the equivocal conclusion that broken homes and the disintegration of the family is upstream from essentially all of the social problems of our nation. Investing in programs that strengthen and restore families (i.e. The Clearing) is thus worthy of your consideration in a philanthropic portfolio.

unexpected legacy divorce book houston texasThe Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: The 25 Year Landmark Study- Judith S. Wallerstein, Julia M. Lewis, and Sandra Blakeslee

No, Johnny may not be alright. Certainly many children seem to do just fine with the divorce of their parents, but statistically the best gift you can give your children is a stable two parent home, even if it isn’t perfect. No couple with children should ever divorce until they have thoroughly studied this book and have carefully considered all ramifications of their actions now and in the future. Perhaps they will conclude that a Clearing Marriage Intensive Retreat is certainly worth the time and effort.

the case for marriage houston texas bookThe Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially- Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher

A scholarly review and distillation of the voluminous, excellent social science data available about all aspects of marriage. Young people who are understandably skeptical of marriage in America today would do well to consider the facts of the matter.

marriage awareness houston texas free pdf book downloadMarriage & Family Wellness: Corporate America’s Business?- Matthew D. Turvey, Psy. D. and David H. Olson, Ph.D.

An excellent research report done for the Marriage CoMission that succinctly makes the case for why Corporate America needs to get involved in marriage and family wellness for the sake of their own bottom line as well as that of the nation.

marriage help counseling houson texas why marriage matters amazon book buyWhy Marriage Matters, 3rd Ed.: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences- A Report from Family Scholars

Helpful Websites

For Your Marriage – Loaded with marriage enhancing tools and advice. Although from a Catholic perspective, any belief system that considers marriage a covenant between the couple and their God will find time combing through these treasures well spent.

Association of Marriage and Family Ministries

Focus on the Family

World Wide Marriage Encounter is a time tested lay lead ministry designed to provide an opportunity for couples to examine their lives together. Emphasis is on communication and may help couples realize they need professional guidance as offered by The Clearing’s Intensives.

Prepare/Enrich offers a Couples Quiz designed to identify strengths and encourage conversation about the relationship. The Clearing uses this assessment tool to help prepare for an intensive marriage retreat at

The Brain Science Behind Addiction – The Clearing is witnessing the devastating effects on marriage of the now number #1 addiction in America -pornography. This anonymous and incredibly effective program and well done website is a source of hope for many with this cancerous disease.