Love Is A Decision

By Gary Smalley and John Trent

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In this practical book, family counselor and best-selling author Gary Smalley, with John Trent, reveals a simple yet profound plan for a marriage of depth, warmth, and excitement. Guide your marriage for a lifetime by learning how to make your spouse feel truly honored, keep courtship alive, rebuild trust, and become best friends with your family. According to Smalley, good marriages are no accident. And deciding to love-in the practical ways outlined here-can result in relationships that are tougher than tough times.


About the Authors

In 1979, Gary and Norma Smalley started an organization focused on helping families. After the formation of a board, they launched the CMI organization out of Waco, Texas. A few years later they moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Gary co-authored two books with Steve Scott during that time titled, If Only He Knew and For Better or For Best. In 1985 the organization was renamed Today's Family.

In 1988, Gary partnered with American Telecast's Steve Scott and they launched a nationwide infomercial with Dick Clark as the host of a half-hour television program. That infomercial was re-introduced in 1990 and 1992 through John Tesh and Connie Sellecca and then Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford.

The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love won the Gold Medallion Award for excellence in literature. The Language of Love won the Angel Award as the best contribution to family life.[citation needed]

Gary Smalley appeared on national televisions programs such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "Larry King Live", "Extra", "NBC Today Show" as well as numerous national radio programs.

Smalley and his wife, Norma, lived in Branson, Missouri. They have one daughter and two sons. Gary Smalley died on March 6, 2016.

Dr. John Trent is an award winning author of marriage and family books such as The Blessing. He is the creator of the Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever, and Beaver (LOGB) way of looking at personalities. He is the President of and the Center for StrongFamilies both are organizations committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships worldwide. He and his wife Cindy have been married for 30 years and have two daughters Kari and Laura.