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First Kiss to Lasting Bliss: Hope & Inspiration for Your Marriage Paperback – November 14, 2011
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For two years, Lori interviewed couples across the country who, despite some of the most challenging circumstances, found true marriage and lasting love. The couples featured experienced drug addition, stranger rape, loss of a child, infidelity, infertility, raising a special-needs child, financial crises, separation for military service, depression, cancer, brain injury, differing religions and cultures--and much more. Each couples story has an overarching lesson you can incorporate into your own marriage. The book offers hope and insights whether you are looking for a shot of inspiration or going through a difficult period.
Lori has a master's degree in journalism. She is a marriage researcher, writer, and marketing consultant. She shares advice from experts in the fields of psychology and relationships at her blog, www.MarriageGems.com, where you can find hundreds of research-based marriage tips to boost your marriage.
Lori married her college sweetheart in 1995. They reside Indianapolis with their two children, one crazy cat and two aquatic frogs. They have enjoyed traveling to France, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Canada, Mexico, England and Ireland--and can't wait for their next trip.
Top Customer Reviews
Her writing style is easy and engaging. It feels like you are making new friends as you read about their lives and what they went through to become an even stronger couple.
Then Lowe extracts a lesson from each couple for creating a strong marriage, which she summarizes at the end of the book. There are twelve important lessons brought alive by the generous sharing of each couples' story. This book is truly a gem.
Each of the twelve couples that we meet through the book are depicted in such a way that you feel that you really get to know them. It feels like I had the opportunity to sit down with them and hear them tell us their life story. I shared their struggles and cheered on their victories.
As we get to know the couples we can learn from their experiences. Not only do we get to see what went wrong in their lives (whether it was a decision that they made or something that happened to them) we then see how they dealt with the outcomes from those struggles. How they picked up the pieces and put them back together in a way that resulted in an even stronger relationship than they had before. (And fortunately they aren't all negative experiences that we get to share in.)
At the end of each chapter Lori Lowe then shows us a specific lesson that we can implement into our own marriages, and then covers them a final time in the last chapter.
No matter what you might experience in your marriage, I am sure that you will connect with the couples in "First Kiss & Lasting Bliss". With Lori as your guide you will learn what to avoid and what to strive toward in your marriage. I can't recommend it enough!
I think this would be a great reference book for couples. When you're feeling discouraged in your own marriage, you can dip into it and read about one of the couples. These couples have been amazingly frank with the author about what they've been through. Their stories are so detailed that you really travel the journey with them.
If I could make one suggestion, it would be to weave the key lesson of each story into the fabric of the story more. I think that would help readers "keep their eyes on the prize."
Each couple has a different challenge, so everyone can find something to relate to. And they all have achieved that solid bond that only comes from going through hard times and coming out the other side. This book shows couples that all that work IS worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read. Some of the stories used in the book tend to go on a little longer and almost tends to confuse me but it seems there are couples who have endured different... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Glenda N. Jaswal
Anyone who has been married for many years can appreciate the struggles mentioned in one or more of the twelve stories that make up this book. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Siggie