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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: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 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: #2,983,269 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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Sadly, I felt like the book was lacking in depth and was somewhat unrealistic.
Meredith Drake
Jacobson discusses money, family and sex which are areas that affect any marriage but the advice is general and I wouldn't put too much merit on it.
3 Boys and an Old Lady
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

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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jrsrwf on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of tips and hints for keeping the love and appreciation in your marriage. Each section includes stories of real-life couples dealing with problems in their marriages and examples of how to communicate with each other to overcome the problems. The end of each chapter includes a section called "five-minute strategies" that give suggestions for things to think about for five minutes a day to become a better spouse.

My first thought after reading this book is that the title isn't right for the advice given by the author; "Save your marriage" implies that your marriage is already in trouble. If that's the case, I don't think this book of simple tips will help your marriage. However, if you want some advice on how to keep your marriage happy, this is a book full of good ideas. They are mostly obvious ideas, but good nonetheless. I think many people take their partner for granted, even in a happy marriage, and that is where things start to decline. Therefore, I do recommend this book as easy reading with helpful reminders of ideas to show appreciation for your spouse. There is nothing in this book that will change your life, but there are some good reminders.

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.
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