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Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love Paperback – January 26, 2010
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Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want
Reading this incredibly enthusiastic, confident celebration of marriage is a total joy! Every couple is unique. Every story is engaging. The level of candor in which matters both tragically dire and delicately intimate are presented is thrilling. The message commitment to love supports and sustains through difficulties resounds throughout.”
Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job
A fascinating and moving glimpse into twenty-seven very different happy marriages. Think of it as a primer: Marriage 101 Daily Love.”
Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly
Charlie and Linda Bloom use real-life stories to relate real-world wisdom to couples in all stages of relationships. Take their words as golden they’ve walked the walk!”
Patricia Love, EdD, author of The Truth about Love
The Blooms work their special magic of evoking, appreciating, and analyzing the special alchemy of relationships and their power to test, heal, and transform. Read, laugh, and weep in recognition and learn nuggets you can use immediately in your own practice and your own life.”
Gordon Wheeler, PhD, president of Esalen Institute
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Top Customer Reviews
The Bloom's approach isn't idealistic. Many of the couples featured in this book had plenty of rough patches in their lives and relationships. As you read, the book reveals some common denominaters that may be the real secret to great marriages. But, the common thread of commitment is best told by each couple.
Secrets of Great Marriages is a truly great book for anybody who cares about marriage - whether their own or everybody else's.
Here's my review:
Therapists, workshop co-leaders, and life partners Linda and Charlie Bloom have written a book that is more unusual than it should be. This book is packed with inspiring stories of pairs of people who manage to stay committed, to enjoy each other, and to move forward despite the many challenges life and marriage can offer. The Blooms networked through colleagues, relatives, and friends to locate twenty-seven married couples to feature in their book, each of whom have been together at least fifteen years and an average of thirty years. The list is diverse, including lesbian and gay couples, couples of various races including interracial couples, working-class people, four couples who like the Blooms co-lead relationship workshops, a restaurant manager, a dress shop owner, a multi-millionaire (who later ends up losing all he has), and professionals from a number of different fields.
The Blooms certainly cannot be accused of having picked out people lucky enough to have led relatively charmed lives free of serious conflict or strife. If anything, many of the couples depicted here have faced and overcome more than the typical level and number of issues. Deaths of children, marital infidelity, life-threatening health challenges, and many other difficulties crop up. Yet in ways as different as the individuals depicted, they somehow manage to negotiate these minefields, usually emerging with a stronger relationship with their spouse than when they started.
From the very first example, it is clear that the Blooms have located some great couples. Lobsterman Pete Smith hires Deanna as his first female assistant.Read more ›
It was both heart-opening and validating to hear stories from couples who have overcome obstacles and navigated so much. And, who have been together for so long. Maintaining a deep, evolving connection to your partner is not for the faint at heart, but having support from resources like this book, help us believe the journey is possible. And definitely worthwhile.
Thank you for being advocates for committed relationships. This book is a gem!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Because so many of us were raised with fairy tale expectations of an effortless happily ever after marriage, it's refreshing to read about real life couples. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marcia Naomi Berger, Author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love
I was hoping for something my husband and I could go through together and this is not the right format for what I need..the book isn't bad just not conducive to what I need...Published 12 months ago by Rachel Petschel
I recommend this book to anyone thinking of getting married, or presently married, or even looking forward to a long-term relationship. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Mt. Shasta CA
five star was given for great service,came as describe,although I found the book boring.short stories of people and their life and marriage.Published on April 27, 2013 by catherine
Therapists Charlie and Linda Bloom's book, Secrets of Great Marriages, entertains the reader while sharing true-life, heart-felt stories about lasting love. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos
I couldn't wait to get my hands on "Secrets of Great Marriages" by Charlie & Linda Bloom and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Carolyn
This immensely readable book presents a collection of stories that offer a wealth of profound insight and wisdom into what it takes to create lasting, satisfying marriages. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Claire Bloom
"Thank you Linda and Charlie for documenting these inspiring real life stories of love, long term commitment and intimate relationship. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Kim Karkos