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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Covey Narrator: Stephen R. Covey Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781442350793
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In his first major work since The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven R. Covey presents a practical and philosophical guide to solving the problems—large and small, mundane and extraordinary—that confront all families and strong communities. By offering revealing anecdotes about ordinary people as well as helpful suggestions about changing everyday behavior, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families shows how and why to have family meetings, the importance of keeping promises, how to balance individual and family needs, and how to move from dependence to interdependence. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families is an invaluable guidebook to the welfare of families everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Covey is a brilliant storyteller. By weaving the voices and anecdotes of his wife and children with his own inspirational and informative stories, exercises, and parables, he has created a book with something for all parents interested in enhancing the strength and beauty of their own families.”

    amazon.com review

  • “While his message is not new, it is written with sincerity and simplicity, and even the most career-driven individual should feel passionate about family after reading this book.”

    Library Journal

  • “Covey's popular ideas are rooted in interpersonal wisdom; he expresses them sincerely in a concise and entertaining manner.”

    AudioFile magazine

  • “The ever-present conflict between professional life and family life is addressed in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families through an excellent blend of principle, common sense, and example. Success is possible in both with the proper sense of priority and balance. ”

    Donald G. Soderquist, vice chairman and C.O.O., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

  • #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raven | 2/15/2014

    " This book is a must-read for anyone interested in creating a strong family unit centered on honest communication, traditions, and love. Covey does a terrific job of presenting and explaining a principle and then giving real-life examples to help the reader apply the principle to their own family. Discusses ideas such as a family mission statement, family loyalty, traditions, honest communication, and family time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/14/2014

    " A great book. One of my main jobs is being a parent. For any other job, I would educate myself and this particular job is more important than most. If you were only going to read one book about families/parenting, I would recommend this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/30/2014

    " Love it. Love the tapes even more- can clean and be enlightened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadia Clifford | 1/28/2014

    " The book makes you rethink priorities in life and reminds you that family should come first, and that we need to strive for mutual respect and trust in families. I gave it three stars, as it's overly wordy and the same information could have been conveyed in a lot fewer pages. It's difficult for me to read self-help books as is (I much prefer fiction), but when they are this wordy it's almost impossible to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/24/2014

    " I got alot of good ideas from reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 1/22/2014

    " this book was awsome 2 me.i relly liked it i gusse "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi | 1/20/2014

    " I am really enjoying this book so far. I have been having so many ah ha moments with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tbone | 1/16/2014

    " I actually bought this book on cassette and listened to it. I still have it. It was great. I think will help any family and with 50% divorce rate and all the problems nowadays start reading everyone :) will help individuals in personal life as well no surprise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 1/15/2014

    " This is a great book for any family! It helps families create a mission statement and set long term and short term goals. Really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2014

    " I loved this book and can only hope that I can implement some of these habits into my family life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 1/6/2014

    " Just a retread of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and not a good one at that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/29/2013

    " A great adaptation of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for parents and their families. It emphasizes communication and collaboration, which are critical for a happy family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noellebastian | 12/16/2013

    " Great stuff--now to implement it :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tauna | 12/10/2013

    " This book annoyed me. It was like a worldly version of Biblical family principles - it was just irritating for me. I ended up quickly skimming over a lot of fluff to grab the few points that were interesting or useful to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/1/2013

    " Great book, leaving you with lots to think about afterward. Just don't ask me how much of it I am effectively applying now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 11/21/2013

    " We will be creating a Family Mission Statement soon. This is a great book that I will have my kids read with their fiances while engaged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/4/2013

    " Fantastic. Very pleased. Will be using several of his techniques with our family including weekly family meeting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 10/1/2013

    " Good information here. My biggest complaint with this book is that Covey is so wordy and long winded. His points and messages would be far more powerful if he said in 3 pages what he says in 10. It makes for a struggle to continue even though the counsel to assist families is sound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syndee | 9/24/2013

    " I am currently reading this. I'll update when I am done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 8/12/2013

    " I thought this book was great!!! I bought the teen version and the youth version for my daughters..they read them too!!! I need to get George to read it now...lots of great tips and strategies... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 5/7/2013

    " This is a really great book that could be the basis for MONTHS of FHE. I am looking forward to starting on our family mission statement. Now if I could just get my husband to read it- he hates "all that self-help" junk- but this is different :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aunt_Cindy Wood Stott | 1/4/2013

    " I listened to this book on tape about 7-8 times while living in Hawaii. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann E | 10/17/2012

    " Wonderful ideas that are easy to access and implement within the family unit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/2/2012

    " Adam and I are currently re-reading this book, together this time. We are in the process of creating a Family Mission Statement with our kids. It has been eye-opening to get their input on what "our ideal family" should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Koren Leggett | 6/29/2012

    " so inspiring! Very helpful for focussing on what is truly important in our lives. He is very real and down to earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Adamson | 5/18/2012

    " Not as good as the first one for individuals, but still well done. There are some good sections that provide an opportunity to discuss each chapter and talk about what has been read and shared. Good for therapists doing family therapy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 2/29/2012

    " Love this book. I learned alot. Read it while I was pregnant with Sabrina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/3/2012

    " Not anything new for my young family, but this book would probably be very helpful if I had teenagers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 8/20/2011

    " One of my favorite books. I've read it 3 times and always come back to it when things get out of sync with our family. If you lived by just 1 or 2 of these principles, your family would be in superb condition. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rand | 8/5/2011

    " Just read the original 7 habits - this a re-hash. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stanley | 7/27/2011

    " The best book on families ever written in my opinion. the principles taught in this book can be applied to any situation "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Analisa | 5/7/2011

    " Goes right along with the other "Seven Habits" books. But there are some great examples from his own family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynn | 5/1/2011

    " Has some really great ideas to get started with in your own family. I would highly recommend it even if just to get you started about thinking about how you want to maintain your family's values. Excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 2/16/2011

    " One of my favorite books. I've read it 3 times and always come back to it when things get out of sync with our family. If you lived by just 1 or 2 of these principles, your family would be in superb condition. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tauna | 9/12/2010

    " This book annoyed me. It was like a worldly version of Biblical family principles - it was just irritating for me. I ended up quickly skimming over a lot of fluff to grab the few points that were interesting or useful to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aram | 8/10/2010

    " The 7 Habits are the same, don't change. He just adapts the concepts to family life. The idea is to build a Highly effective family culture. I really enjoyed it and found some great concepts to implement at home right away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tbone | 7/23/2010

    " I actually bought this book on cassette and listened to it. I still have it. It was great. I think will help any family and with 50% divorce rate and all the problems nowadays start reading everyone :) will help individuals in personal life as well no surprise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Koren | 6/24/2010

    " so inspiring! Very helpful for focussing on what is truly important in our lives. He is very real and down to earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 6/2/2010

    " This is a really great book that could be the basis for MONTHS of FHE. I am looking forward to starting on our family mission statement. Now if I could just get my husband to read it- he hates "all that self-help" junk- but this is different :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/30/2010

    " The same ideas as the original 7 habits presented in a family setting rather than an individual/business setting. The vignettes from the wife and kids made it a little more personal and easier to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 3/16/2010

    " Excellent book - a great reminder of how important family truly is. I came away from it with many tools and ideas on how to be a better wife, daughter, mother, and friend, as well as how to create an environment that will create stronger bonds between the other members of the family. "

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Author Stephen R. Covey

Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was a renowned leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and cofounder of FranklinCovey Co. He was author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than twenty million copies. Named by Time magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Americans, he held the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership at the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.