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Our Goals

In the first part of the book, we’ll explore the real motives be-hind adultery, when and why it happens and to whom, and what preventative actions can be taken.

In the second part, I’ll show you how to survive and even grow from this shattering experience, with patient-tested exercises to help you fight, communicate, heal.

You can conquer this devastating problem and prevent it from happening again to your children or your children’s children. You can unlock your family secrets and resolve your hidden conflicts.

THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN CAN BE FORGIVEN.

Let me show you how.

Danger Signals

As you’ve just seen, my own mother was tipped off to her husband’s affair by a classic clue: the smudge of lipstick on the collar.

There are other obvious tip-offs: hang-up calls and whispered conversations; strange charges on the phone bill or credit card; the uncharacteristic whiff of alcohol or an unfamiliar perfume; diminished interest in sex.

Sometimes, though, the evidence can be more subtle—and apply to the adulterous individual of either sex.

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