All too often, people marry before acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to take care of their mates. It requires mutual support to meet each other's emotional, mental, and physical needs. In these two bestselling works, The Joy of Committed Love and Joy That Lasts, Gary Smalley stresses that every relationship can be fulfilling if two people learn to respect and communicate with each other. He suggests several effective techniques for helping married couples through tough times, including the idea of putting each other first. When couples free themselves to serve their partners in love and look to their faith for their deepest needs to be met, they can allow peace and joy to enter their lives.