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Lisa Mauch

Any married couple with children will tell you that once kids come along, life becomes much more complicated. Less time is devoted to nurturing the marriage as more time is devoted to raising the children. However, according to Xavier graduate and marriage counselor Anthony J. Garascia, strong bonds between spouses can withstand all sorts of trials and transitions. To thrive, a marriage requires not only skills, but also “an act of the imagination.”

Garascia is the author of Rekindle the Passion While Raising Your Kids, a book designed to help married couples through periods of transition (the birth of a child, for example), to teach them communication skills, and to help them reflect on the many dimensions of married love. The book’s chapters deal with such themes as the need for intimacy, effective communication for problem solving, and the maintaining and sharing of personal values. Each chapter also provides fictional examples of “real life” problems that may occur in marriage as well as a spiritual reflection on the chapter topic.

Garascia graduated from Xavier in 1975 with a B.A. in education. He went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling, and now practices marriage and family therapy in Granger, Ind. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame and has written several journal articles.

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