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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605501166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605501161
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two happy lovers make one bread." - Pablo Neruda"

About the Author

Bonnie Jacobson, PhD, coauthor of Choose to Be Happily Married, has been happily married for twenty-five years. In addition to running her own private practice, Dr. Jacobson is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Group Psychotherapy, and Eastern Group Psychotherapy. Alexia Paul is a wife of three years as well as a writer, editor, and former literary agent. She is also the coauthor of Choose to Be Happily Married.

Customer Reviews

Some of the ideas weren't my cup of tea.
Mommy Does...
While the little steps in a marriage can make a huge difference, I didn't feel like there was anything actionable in the book for my relationship.
A Customer
I was provided with a copy of this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for my review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ES on June 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Save Your Marriage In Five Minutes a Day is a practical book with advice on how to make the best out of ordinary, everyday interactions. Sometimes life becomes a boring routine, and the spark of marriage can be snuffed out by the everyday of making meals, caring for children, and tolerating our jobs.
In this book, there are practical ways in which one can make an ordinary situation, something a little bit less ordinary. How a simple shoulder squeeze can make a difference, or how the tone of voice can change a response. These are simple, reasonable things that anyone can do, and that really do make a difference, and can help a marriage stay strong.
As practical as this book is, I found a significant downfall. Each practical suggestion is accompanied by a scenario where a husband and wife interact. The scenarios are common, situations that you can see happening, but the interactions between husband and wife? I found them to be unrealistic. In every scenario, one spouse seemed to be a collected therapist, in situations where most people would be hurt. In fact, I personally do not know of a couple that would really interact in such a way, not when emotions and hurt feelings are in the mix.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Smith on May 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have recently read 'Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day' by Bonnie Jacobson, PhD, with Alexia Paul. I really wish I could say that this was a great book and that I loved it, but I can't. When starting this book, I thought it was just like the other books I have reviewed in the past on Booksneeze- a Christian book on Marriage. But it isn't. Which is fine, there are plenty of secular books that have a great message. However, when looking for a book to enhance my marriage, I prefer Christian ones.

Anyways, within the first 30 pages I had started to realize it wasn't my type of book, especially when I read things like "gigantic penis" in the book. I'm sorry, but Christian or not- I don't need to see that in any book. From there it was downhill. For example, on page 30, the authors write: "share an exciting visual, be it cinema, occasional pornography, or a salacious Calvin Klein ad with your partner. Is there a particular sex scene in your favorite movie that moves you whenever you see it?The next time it's on, call your partner into the room, and feel the charged atmosphere that appears" WHAT!!!! DID SHE REALLY SAY TO WATCH PORN TOGETHER? Yes, she did.

Totally disgusted at this point, I wanted to put the book down but I had agreed to read it and review it, so I finished it (only because there was no way I was going to pay 15 bucks for this piece of crap). Anywho, on page 34 the authors advocate "sporadic pornography to assist in mutual masturbation" and on page 35-37 they tell a story ofa spouse who cheated on her husband. This wife realized through her "torrid love affair" that she likes sex (hadn't with her husband) and decides to talk to him about how to spice things up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By theorybell on September 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day was a difficult book to get through. It offered some helpful suggestions for daily activities one can do, but this book was definitely not written from a Christian perspective. I did not realize that when I offered to review this book. The book offered some suggestions that could be helpful---things one doesn't normally think of. However it also offered other suggestions that I do not believe are appropriate for a marriage.

For example, the book suggested a couple watch some porn together. Really? Porn? For a married couple? Aren't our bodies to belong to one another only? Isn't it lust, adultery, a plain sin to be viewing pornography? I had a serious problem with this and it really turned me off to the rest of the book. The book seems to be highly focused on sex and seems like that is the reason why a person should work on their marriage daily, to get sex. Seems to me that there should be much more to a marriage than that.

Maybe some people in the secular world would enjoy this book, but I really did not. I could take away a few things from this book that might be helpful, but when I think about them in context with the rest of the book, no Christian perspective, I don't know that it is worth it. I would not recommend this book to anyone I know.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mommy Does... on May 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Overall this book is to offer advice on how to keep a relationship
happy, healthy, and in perspective. There are topics over how to keep the spark alive in your relationship, how to have a better home-life, communication, and problems that can happen in relationships.
All the while, the book provides scenarios of couples that relate to the topic at hand. It also offers 5-minute strategies at the end of each chapter centered on that topic.

Some of the wording made me feel as if I was talking with an older lady about my relationship.
But the information provided wasn't really hard to "get."
Some of the ideas weren't my cup of tea. I would rather not watch "occasional pornography" with B.
I feel that I should be the only woman he sees unclothed.

The scenarios were a little too cookie-cutter for my relationship.
But I understood the message behind them.
I just wish that those stories and "say this" messages would have been worded as if they are being said in a relationship rather than being repeated from a marriage counselor.

Overall I would rate this book a 3/5.
For someone who has never read any type of book over relationships
or marriage, this book covered valid subjects in my life.
I would suggest this to someone because I have no other relationship/ self-help book to compare it to, and the message is there. Though it might not all completely apply since my relationship isn't cookie-cutter.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Bonnie Jacobson, PhD, earned her doctorate at New York University where she is currently an adjunct professor in the Applied Psychology department. She is also the director of the New York Institute of Psychological Change, one of the founder of Elem, a non-for-profit organization that works with youth in distress in Israel, and is a specialist in modern analytical group training. Dr. Jacobson is also a media expert who is frequently called on by television, radio, newspapers and magazines to discuss topics related to relationships. She lives in New York City with her husband and the immediate family live throughout the world in London, San Francisco, D.C., Santa Fe, Israel, Zurich and Hallendale Florida; a fact that supports her passion for traveling.