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Hardcover His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage Book

ISBN: 0800719387

ISBN13: 9780800719388

His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage

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Time after time, His Needs, Her Needs has topped the charts as the bestselling marriage book available. In this classic book, Willard F. Harley, Jr., identifies the ten most vital needs of men and... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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I read this as I considered a new relationship after I divorced. It changed me. After it followed 16 years of incredible love & joy. Then he left me for the greater joy of heaven.

So helpful

This book really helped us understand our relationship, and what it takes to get us back to feeling romantic love when we’ve hit some stress bumps. We’ve been married 15 years, and have used this book together since our engagement. I also often give it as part of a wedding gift. I credit this book as being a big part for making our marriage the happy one it is. Book is written by a Christian, but isn’t overtly religious in its strategy. It’s equally suitable for religious and non-religious couples.

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I almost did not buy this book because of the negative reviews scattered throughout this list. But the table of contents was so compelling and the reviews so polarized that I had to see for myself ~ and decided I'd better read it before I recommended it to the man in my life. As a woman, I find this book so accurate in so many ways that I'm tempted to underline the many statements the book makes that apply to me and give it to my loved one as a relationship bible and ask him to do the same for me. The exercises in the book look very useful ~ by the way, the book arrived today and I have only just put it down to write this review. Ladies, those of you who have written appaulled by the chapter stating that men want an attractive wife, perhaps you have forgotten the reason you looked your best for your first date, for the day you thought he was going to propose, for your wedding day. At the time, you seemed to understand how important it was for you to look attractive and appealing to your man. Since you did not want him to change his romantic ways after marriage (and chances are he did) why would you think he would want you to change the way you take care of yourself? I didn't see anything in the book about plastic surgery, and I think the negative reviews way over exaggerate the book's encouragement of women's efforts to take care of themselves physically. I've always believed that a man should not do anything at the beginning of a relationship (like send flowers, open car doors) that he's not willing to do until the end of time should the relationship last that long. Because if it was all for the catch, it was false advertising. So is your trim figure and attractive attire if they are only geared toward attaining the relationship in the first place. We all know men are visual creatures. The book doesn't say you can't get older, it only says to watch your weight and take care of your appearance because it very well may mean a great deal to the man you love. If you are very over-weight, I think this book is telling the truth in more cases than many people would like to imagine. And that truth is that not only is it unhealthy for your body, it's unhealthy for your relationship if your significant other is like the majority of men. Yelling at the author isn't going to change that. It is stated clearly in the book that not all people have these same needs at these same degrees. But in my experience his expression of men's needs seem to be right on the nose and he describes my needs as a woman better than I've ever been able to explain myself.

Powerful, Practical Principles for Marriages -- A Classic!!

After 15 years, Harley's work is as profound now as it was when first published. Harley has revised his book in various places, updating it based upon lessons learned since the previous edition and making it applicable to marital challenges of the 21st century. His concepts are powerful and practical. While written by a conservative Christian author, these principles are applicable to persons regardless of their religious background.Harley's approach to "affair-proofing" a marriage centers on a concept he labels "the love bank." Every husband and wife has a love bank that encounters both deposits and withdrawals from the opposite sex. A crucial distinction is made, however, in that deposits and withdrawals are made differently with men than they are with women. These differences are based upon the ten most felt needs of a relationship with the opposite gender. Husbands, in general, place the highest importance on the following five needs: sexual fulfillment, recreational companionship, an attractive spouse, domestic support, and admiration. Wives, in general, place the highest importance on the following five needs: affection, conversation, honesty and openness, financial support, and family commitment. Both genders express need for all ten items, but typically husbands and wives have contrasting priorities.According to Harley, when an individual meets one or more of the partner's greatest felt needs, deposits are made into the partner's love bank. When one or more needs are not met, withdrawals are made from the partner's love bank. An affair occurs when a spouse finds fulfillment for a strongly felt need elsewhere because it is not being met satisfactorily within the marriage.Harley's love bank concept is the centerpiece of his best-selling work. While his list of felt needs may not apply precisely to every man and woman, he does present a very accurate picture for most men and women in our society today. He concludes his book with giving tips on surviving an affair, and offering hope to couples struggling with a sense of incompatibility.If you are serious about preparing for marriage, protecting your marriage, or propelling your marriage to even greater heights, this book is a must. Order it, read it, and see how powerful and practical these time-proven principles are!

His Needs/Her Needs

would recommend this book to anyone who is contemplating marriage, or is in a new marriage or whose marriage isn't what it used to be or anyone who genuinely would like to rescue their troubled marriage. I would even recommend it to those who wonder what really happened in their failed marriage. Not for phonies who deep-down-inside really don't want be in or stay in a committed relationship. This book basically encourages each person to (1) get very honest in identifying his needs AND her needs and (2) to find out if your mate (or prospective mate) is willing to keep doing his AND her part to fulfill those needs.

Great book - saved our marriage!!

This book is excellent and is a must-read for anyone contemplating marriage, having marital trouble, or happily married wanting things to be even more perfect. The previous reviewer may have taken the "needs" too literally. Dr. Harley mentions 5 of the "top" needs, but it is not the same for everyone. As a matter of fact, in my marriage, I have a few of the "male" needs, and my husband has a few of the "female" needs. But it works for us. We were literally on the brink of divorce - only needed to get a lawyer. This book totally changed our thinking. We thought we were meeting each other's needs, but we were really meeting our "own" needs, which are rarely applicable to the spouse. We learned so much from this book, and now give it out as wedding presents to hopefully spare couples from the trouble we experienced.I *highly* recommend this book, and don't know what we would have done without this information. We periodically read it again for a refresher course - and it always works wonders. I have read the John Gray books, but found this book to be the most helpful for us. Our marriage is fabulous now!
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