Caring and Commitment: Learning to Live the Love We Promise by Lewis B. Smedes (Harper & Row: $14.95).
More than 4 million American couples take wedding vows each year, but only about half will keep their commitments. Can these marriages be saved? Indeed, most can, according to Lewis B. Smedes, a Southern California theologian and author of the inspirational book, "Forgive and Forget."
A lasting marriage is based on loyalty, sharing, listening with fine attention and the kind of commitment that transcends physical change and illness, says Smedes.
Though in some extreme cases he leaves the door open for marital dissolution, Smedes views marriage as the most important promise we make in our lives.