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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.
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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 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,298,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day by Bonnie Jacobson and Alexia Paul is a book that offers "simple strategies to transform your relationship." I have to say that I was disappointed with this book as a whole. When I received it for review, I was looking forward to reading it and seeing what ideas were offered. Sadly, I felt like the book was lacking in depth and was somewhat unrealistic. It seemed to me that while the concepts of the "Say This" sections of the book were well meaning, it seemed that the way it was worded was how you would speak to your child, not your spouse. While I get the idea of approaching your spouse without blaming or accusing, I think you can obviously adopt your own way of speaking to the concept and have a conversation with your spouse that is non threatening.
Additionally, there were suggestions in the book that went against my personal beliefs. In one of the early chapters, a marriage is described in which the wife has affair. She, of course, later regrets the affair, however, she feels that she learned from it. In my opinion, it seemed that the affair was excusable, even though she regretted it, because she had learned from it. I also disagreed with the idea of viewing pornography together with your spouse.
That being said, I did feel that there were some positive ideas in the book. The author gives some practical ideas of ways to communicate love to your spouse. There are many illustrations in the book of how couples have put the strategies to work and have seen success from them. The book is broken into helpful sections and addresses issues such as communication, children, physical and sexual relationships.
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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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A happy marriage takes work and I have to tell you that it is constant work or you get into a rut that is hard to get out of. I've been married for 20 years and some days are great and others are not so great. I like the way the book takes on a subject in each chapter, I felt I could have skipped over some because those items have never been an issue for us, but others sure are. I feel like it will take way more than 5 minutes to fix the issues that need fixing, but this book is a good start.

The chapter on touching is a good one, I have a hard time with touch from having 5 kids who want to hug and touch me all the time. Sometimes I feel like I never get to be alone without little or big hands wanting more from me. The chapter on chores is another good one, I think we do pretty good here until my husband only makes one side of the bed(that ticks me off it's not like I make half the dinner or wash half the laundry.) Each chapter has a summary of things you can do together to improve that area of your lives.

This is a great book to see the problems and the triumphs in your relationship and offers great advice on how to improve it in all areas of life(more then 5 minutes will be better, maybe we try to simplify things a bit too much.) I would suggest it to anyone who would like to see an improvement in their relationship or to keep the problems from forming in the first place. Also happiness is a state of mind and no one can make you unhappy unless you allow them. Think your happy and most likely you will be, but a bit of a reminder is never a bad thing.
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