Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome by Nancy C. Anderson

Extramarital affairs may be more prevalent now than ever, and unfortunately Christians are not exempt. Learn how to grow affair-proof hedges around your marriage with Nancy C. Anderson’s Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome. After straying to the other side of the marital fence—and returning to find forgiveness and restoration–Anderson brings this practical book about predicting and preventing an extramarital affair. The book focuses on how to grow a beautiful marriage by establishing six protective hedges around it. This second edition includes a new chapter on repairing marriage following infidelity, as well as an appendix considering the Andersons’ own marriage before and after the affair from Ron’s point of view.

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Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage (Kregel, November 2017)

Extramarital affairs are certainly not the social taboo that they once were, and may be more prevalent now than ever.

Unfortunately, Christians are not exempt. With the anonymity of the Internet and the privacy of personal mobile phones, the temptation to cheat on one’s spouse has fertile ground to grow.

After straying to the other side of this marital fence—and returning to find forgiveness and restoration–Anderson brings this practical book about predicting and preventing an extramarital affair. Based on the principle that the grass is always greener when it’s watered, Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome focuses on how to grow a beautiful marriage by establishing six protective hedges around it.

This second edition includes a new chapter on repairing marriage following infidelity, as well as an appendix considering the Andersons’ own marriage before and after the affair from Ron’s point of view.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

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Nancy C. Anderson and her husband, Ron, recently celebrated their twenty-sixth wedding anniversary. Together they conduct couples’ retreats and marriage seminars to help others to predict, prevent, or pardon infidelity. Nancy is a contributing author to several books and the co-author of a variety of dramatic sketches.

Find out more about Nancy at http://www.nancycanderson.com.
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The grass is not greener on the other side

Nancy C. Anderson helps readers build hedges of protection around their marriages

12/26/2017 || Seattle: It’s human nature for people to want something bigger and better than what they currently have. When problems arise in a marriage, the grass can look greener in every other yard in the neighborhood, luring them to believe they will find true joy and fulfillment on the other side of the marital fence. In Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage (2nd edition) (Kregel Publications/November 27, 2017/ISBN: 9780825444968/$12.99), Nancy C. Anderson assures readers the greener grass is only a mirage and shares how to grow the greenest grass of all in their own backyard.

Extramarital affairs are not the social taboo they once were and might be more prevalent now than ever thanks to the anonymity of the Internet and ease of connection via smartphones. Living in a culture that pushes the belief that “life is short and you deserve to be happy” doesn’t help. All of these provide fertile ground for the temptation to cheat to grow, and Christians are not exempt from these influences.

After straying to the other side of this marital fence and returning to find forgiveness and restoration, Anderson brings personal experience and an authority to this practical book about predicting and preventing an extramarital affair. “Many marriage books that are based upon theories, statistics, and clinical studies of infidelity,” she explains. “Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome is a book about real life in the real world. I’m an expert on infidelity because I lived it and survived. Thirty-eight years after my affair and reconciliation, Ron and I continue taking what we learned and helping couples prevent, predict, and pardon infidelity.”

Based on the principle that the grass is always greener when it’s watered, Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome focuses on how to grow an affair-proof marriage by establishing and maintaining six protective hedges around it:

  • Hearing: listening and speaking with patience and understanding.
  • Encouraging: helping each other.
  • Dating: keeping it fresh and fun.
  • Guarding: agreeing on your boundaries and enforcing them.
  • Educating: becoming an expert on your mate.
  • Satisfying: meeting each other’s needs.

Each chapter of this second edition has been revised, and while the hope is to prevent extra-marital affairs, Anderson wrote a new chapter on repairing marriage following infidelity that has already occurred. “I received so many heart-wrenching emails asking for advice on this topic that I was eager to add the chapter on affair repair. I offer seven action words to describe the steps I recommend for all couples who are suffering: reveal, repent, reconcile, rebuild, resolve, renew, and rejoice. Marriage restoration will take some time, so you must be patient with each other. You may even take a few steps forward, then two steps back. Just don’t give up because you could be in the midst of a miracle.”

Learn more about Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome at www.NancyCAnderson.com.

About the Author

Nancy C. Anderson is an award-winning writer who has contributed to thirty books, including six Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. She is also the author of Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage.

Anderson has written many marriage articles for websites such as Crosswalk, CBN, FamilyLife, and GrowthTrac. She has been featured in national media such as The Huffington Post, The 700 Club, WORLD Magazine, Our Daily Bread and FamilyLife Today. Along with her husband, Ron, Anderson hosts the new TV program, Growing Healthy Marriages, on HSBN.tv.  

The Andersons and their son, Nick, live in Orange County, California.

Learn more at www.NancyCAnderson.com. The author is also on Facebook (Greenergrasssyndrome), Twitter (greenergrass55), and Instagram (greenergrasssyndrome).

Suggested Interview Questions

—In the context of your book, what is “greener grass syndrome”?

—How is Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome different from other books written on marriage?

—When many people get married, they believe their husband or wife’s job is to make them happy. Why is it dangerous to believe this lie?

—Speaking of lies about happiness, the world discourages working through hard times by saying, “Life is short, and you deserve to be happy.” What does the Bible say about deserving happiness?

—You confess that you complained and criticized your way through your first year of marriage. If you could go back in time, how would you have approached your new role as a wife differently?

—The man with whom you had an affair was a co-worker of yours. How can we safeguard our relationships when it is inevitable we will encounter members of the opposite sex in the workplace and the course of daily activities?

—Once a couple decides to commit to repairing their marriage, what is the first step toward reconciliation?

—How long did it take for your marriage to heal after you and Ron decided to remain committed to each other?

—You write about Ron forgiving you but also about how you struggled with the sorrow of regret. Why do you think he was able to trust you more than you could trust yourself at that time?

—What are the hedges you planted around your marriage to protect it from intrusion?

—What kind of work goes into maintaining the hedges?

—Communication in marriage is of the utmost importance. Can you share a few keys to good communication?

—Why is it important to continue to date your mate?

—What are some of the warning signs that your spouse may be having an affair?

—Do you think more temptations for extramarital affairs exist now than when the first edition of the book was written thirteen years ago? If so, why?

—What new additions are in this second edition of Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome?

—To close, what words of encouragement would you offer to someone in a struggling marriage who thinks divorce is the only option following an affair?

To request a review copy of Avoiding the Green Grass Syndrome, to schedule an interview with Nancy C. Anderson, or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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