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The Marriage Story Hardcover – 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Boulevard Press (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983241139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983241133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dennis Edward Green is a husband, father, and grandfather. He is also an award-winning architect, artist, designer, entrepreneur, and best-selling author.
Dennis was raised in Sheridan, Wyoming and attended Idaho State University on a basketball scholarship; he graduated with a BA degree in architecture. After college he became a licensed architect and briefly taught a graduate course in creative thinking called "Living Space Awareness" at the University of Maryland College Park. He was a design consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts. He practiced architecture and interior planning for a decade before turning his creative energy to inventing consumer products, writing, and painting.
Together with his wife, Mary Lou, he has invented more than fifty unique consumer products, They built their own sales force and sold their products in more than twenty thousand retail stores in the U.S.A. and around the globe. He has been awarded sixteen patents, more than fifty trademarks, and hundreds of copyrights, for what he calls "simple consumer products" that solve everyday problems in unique and entertaining ways.
Playing God is his third book. His second book, The Marriage Story, is available in hardback only on Amazon.com.
Dennis and Mary Lou are now devoted to teaching and coaching entrepreneurs to become "metapreneurs."
Learn more about their work here:
www.DennisAndMaryLou.com
www.DennisGreenAuthor.com
www.Metapreneurs.com
Facebook.com/www.HowToPlayGod.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In "The Marriage Story," author Dennis Green has penned the story of his marriage to Mary Lou, from that first magic "I love you" moment through the many trials and tribulations that any lasting marriage must endure and overcome to survive. His story is no syrupy Valentine's Day sentiment. It's the real story of his marriage, with the good times and the bad times, including one of the biggest marriage-killers: the gradual drifting away that happens almost without a couple realizing it, until one day, they're like strangers to each other. Fortunately for the Greens, an acquaintance's terminal illness spurred them to rekindle the flames of their marriage.

Two things made the story stand out for me. First, it was written as a narrative poem. Second, the author has violated a cardinal rule for men: Never open up and reveal your true feelings, it's a sign of weakness. That's not true, of course, but in our culture, that's the way we're brought up, and it's not easy for a man to be this open and honest. So kudos to Dennis Green for disregarding the rules and telling this marvelous story of his marriage, and for having the courage to publish it.

Full disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review, which I have done to the best of my ability.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gillian on April 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After reading it with my husband of 40 years, I sent the Marriage Story to our daughter and her husband (married 9 yrs, with 3 kids-all under 6 yrs of age!). Her husband has been traveling a great deal for work and income is good, as well as the accumulation of middle class "stuff." He seems to feel the need for accumulating and moving up the corporate ladder ASAP after many dedicated years with the same company. He's a good man and has a candid relationship with us, so he called and told me that his initial response was to wonder why I sent the book and did I think something was wrong, etc.

We didn't say much, just listened and concluded that it was a book that seemed to let couples take what they might need or want from the story if they read it openly.

A few weeks later, we have noticed that his traveling has decreased (he suffered a sports related injury and some changes were forced, then he kept them), next they have reinstated "date night" with what looks to be committed regularity. The end result is that our daughter seems to be calling less, now that he is more plugged into their family's daily life and that really pleases me, especially knowing that a mother of small children can be a lonely job, especially without another invested adult to laugh with and help you keep it in perspective!

Needless to say, it caused me to really like the book for yet another reason! We believe it should come off the shelf and be read at least every 5 years!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hbmomof5 on April 2, 2012
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The Marriage Story arrived in my mail on Saturday and I sat down immediately and read it. It was so easy to read and I loved it as it brought back fond memories of when my husband and I fell in love and why we fell in love with each other. It also reminded me that every marriage needs to be nurtured and not taken for granted. After 5 children our lives have become so busy with all the activities that they are involved and running here and there that we realized our family life was suffering so about a year ago we cut back in the activities to provide us with more family time now if we can incorporate a weekly date night back into our lives I know our marriage will flourish. This is an awesome book that everyone should read and I plan to give one to each of my children as they get married and start their new lives together. Thank you for writing such a simple but profound book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pat on February 11, 2012
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Life is too short to not know who and what is most important to you. No matter where you are in your relationship with the most important day to day person in your life this wonderful story will remind you of how important it is to never take that relationship or person for granted. Truely, everyday is a gift and to share that gift with the love of your life is a double blessing. But, it won't just happen! This book will remind you of how important it is to never take love, life or people for granted and that "busyness" can take its toll on all three if we're not careful. I will read this book many times and each time I will be reminded of the reasons why the love of my life became the love of my life. Life's too short to let "busyness: get in the way. This is a powerful story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Garrett on March 29, 2012
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My wife and I read THE MARRIAGE STORY together, and were excited to learn that it provided us a needed foundation for discussing our own marriage and the little "course corrections" we now understood we needed and wanted to make.

Dennis Green's book has made us more conscious of our attitudes and expressions to one another, and helps us daily as a reference book on what we need to keep doing to insure our relationship stays fresh.

Young newly weds (or old newly weds)deserve to be given THE MARRIAGE STORY rather than another pot or pan from a registry list. Its benefits will be overwhelmingly greater.

Joe G.
3/29/12
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Quigley on January 9, 2012
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Most of us have heard the keys to maintaining a long-term relationship, but may periodically lose our perspective and focus due to multiple, sometimes conflicting priorities. "The Marriage Story" bring us back to the basics and reminds us that all relationships, especially marriage, require nurturing. The book is a very easy read and after reading the book I lent it to several co-workers so that they could also enjoy it. Definitely a book that should be reread at least every 12-24 months. Don't pack this one away with your novels!!
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