The purpose of the book is to describe these recurring seasons of marriage, to help you and your spouse identify which season your marriage is in, and to show you how to move away from the unsettledness of fall or the alienation and coldness of winter toward the hopefulness of spring or the warmth and closeness of summer. The seven strategies laid out in the second part of the book will not keep your marriage from experiencing fall and winter; but they will give you positive steps you can take to make the most of each season, prepare for the next, and advance your marriage into spring and summer. The seasons of marriage come and go. Each one holds the potential for emotional health and happiness, and each one has its challenges. The key is to develop the necessary skills to enhance your marriage in all four seasons.