||Mind Over Marriage|
Transforming Your Relationship Using Centering Prayer and Neuroscience
P. Gregg Blanton
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"Anyone who has summoned enough courage to enter into marriage knows how hard it can be. The plethora of self-help books on the subject indicates how desperately we need assistance if our marriages are going to thrive. In Mind Over Marriage, P. Gregg Blanton delivers a stunningly fresh perspective that not only is true to neuroscience, but equally faithful to the ancient Christian tradition of centering prayer. Weaving these two threads together, our guide delivers a beautiful tapestry of well-told stories, helpful translation of the latest research on the brain and relationships, and practical instruction. For those who long for deeper relationships with God and their spouse, I highly commend this work." —Curt Thompson, M.D., author of Anatomy of the Soul
"With clarity, logic, wisdom, and kindness, P. Gregg Blanton wraps his arms around you and your loved one and brings you together in a divine embrace. Step by step, he builds a foundation of understanding to help you enter into relationships with more safety, trust, and confidence. In each chapter of this easy-to-digest book, he shows you the way toward more wholesome intimacy in your life. The powerful skills this book teaches will help me and my wife in our marriage. I believe it will do the same for you." —Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D., Chairman of the Global Leadership Council and author of Mindshifting
"Dr. P. Gregg Blanton brings together science and spirituality in a way that is sure to be helpful to many clients. Dr. Blanton explains brain science in a way that is easy to understand and he helps us understand contemplative prayer as a means to closeness for couples. Exercises in the book allow couples to engage in practices between sessions that promote connection and intimacy. Overall, I think this book will impact the profession, adding a scientific explanation of the importance of our spiritual life." —Jon Winek, Ph.D., Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Appalachian State University and author of Systemic Family Therapy
"In Mind Over Marriage, a veteran marriage and family therapist suggests that the primary cause for relationship problems may be found within the minds of those who are in conflict. The suggested solution for this assertion points the field in a new direction. This is a well-written and important book." —Gary W. Moon, M.Div., Ph.D.,
Executive Director of the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation and author of Apprenticeship with Jesus
"Seldom do good science and good spirituality come together so well—to support good relationships besides! We are learning that emotional sobriety does not come about without the help of some form of the contemplative mind. Well, here is a good teacher of all of the above." —Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and author of Immortal Diamond
"In Mind Over Marriage, P. Gregg Blanton suggests that transformation in marriage is enhanced through a regular practice of centering prayer. Blanton points out that scientific studies have indicated that a commitment to a contemplative practice opens individuals to new ways of communicating. This thoughtful book will open your eyes, ears, and heart to a new way of being in marriage which is centered in God." —Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler,
President of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.
If we want to resist the urge to blame our spouses for relationship difficulties, where do we start? According to Dr. P. Gregg Blanton, that place is no further than our own minds.
In this innovative book, Dr. Blanton presents an entirely new model for exploring the interconnections between minds and marriages by using a synthesis of scientific research and Christian contemplative thought. Through real-life examples, we come to understand how the mind ordinarily works and how these mental functions affect our marital relationships, from unions that are just starting out to those suffering from the strain of work and other responsibilities. But there is hope: we can retrain our minds through contemplative thought, namely centering prayer and the six skills and abilities—stillness, attention, openness, letting go, union, and love—that grow out of its practice. Using case histories along with exercises at the end of each chapter, Mind Over Marriage
offers practical application of these skills, leading to the development of desirable behavioral traits such as calmness, attunement, and trustworthiness. This novel approach for helping couples restore balance to both their minds and marriages shows us how to use our brains to their fullest capacities, and how to return love to the center of our relationships.
|P. Gregg Blanton, EdD, is a professor of Psychology & Human Services at Montreat College and an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, he maintains a private practice, provides supervision, offers training programs, and conducts retreats for couples. He lives in Asheville, NC, with his wife and two children.|
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1 - Table of Contents
2 - Introduction
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