New Book Offers Couples a Chance to Change the Message

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Liberty Kovacs’ “Building a Reality-Based Relationship” encourages couples to discard outmoded beliefs

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In “Building a Reality-Based Relationship: The Six Stages of Modern Marriage” (published by iUniverse), author and veteran family and marriage therapist Dr. Liberty Kovacs presents an interactional and experiential book for couple to work on separately and together. Her goal is to assist couples in resolving issues from their past so they can forge ahead with a future together.

An excerpt from “Building a Reality-Based Relationship”:

Today, the roles of husband and wife are as vague as they have ever been. Marriage no longer guarantees financial security for women or domestic tranquility for men. Marriage isn’t even a prerequisite for parenthood in an era where as many as 40 percent of American children are born outside of a marriage relationship. In terms of finances, careers, sex, and child rearing, the modern marriage has no set roles other than those ingrained in us by centuries of history and by our experiences with our own families.

Drawing on her 40 years of professional experience, real-world cases and studies, Kovacs shares her model for the modern marriage. She maps the journey shared by couples across six unique and all-important marital stages: honeymoon, expectation, power struggle, seven-year-itch, reconciliation and acceptance. Along the way, couples develop a clearer understanding of their identities as individuals and of their fit together.

“I developed the ‘Tools of Marriage’ so couple can learn to communicate with each other,” Kovacs says, “and design a marriage that fits and suits them.”

About the Author
Liberty Kovacs, a marriage and family therapist for 40 years, holds a doctorate in marriage and family therapy and a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing. A grandmother, and mother of three adult sons, Kovacs lives in California.

Kovacs is also the co-author of “I Want a Baby, He Doesn’t: How Both Partners Can Make the Right Decision at the Right Time,” with Donna Wade, and the author of “Liberty’s Quest.”

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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