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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316787
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Any couple reading these stories will be inspired, challenged, and guided toward the relationship of their dreams. I highly recommend it to all couples, successful or unsuccessful.”
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

About the Author

Charlie Bloom, MSW, and Linda Bloom, LCSW, have lectured and taught around the world. Regular presenters at Esalen Institute and the Kripalu Center, they have been adjunct faculty at University of California Berkeley Extension Program, California Institute for Integral Studies, JFK University, and many other institutes of higher learning. They live in Santa Cruz, California.

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Overall, I found the stories to be very heartwarming and inspiring.
Debra v.
The personal stories they share tell us how they have managed life and love through many years of laughter and pain, struggle and smooth sailing.
Martha Borst
Reading "Secrets of Great Marriages" inspired me with confidence that I, too, can create my own version of a great relationship.
Carolyn

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By eileenwj on March 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
The incredible stories of these mostly Type A personalities made me feel that my ordinary 28 year working marriage just didn't cut it, we are not dramatic enough. The interviews are from mostly overachievers - how about some "regular" folk without websites, institutes, etc. - the interviews were not from a balanced range of the population so struck me as unrealistic
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alanna on March 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book provides many examples of how relationships have their spirals and it is generally in the depth of the spirals that we are most challenged and often when we give up. The couples give us great hope and possibility for that long term relationship that was the fantasy of our youth. It provides a reality base for advancing our relationship to a powerful, exciting and provocative experience. Kudos to Linda and Charlie who have not only been role models in maintaining a vibrant relationship but have also helped 100's perhaps 1000's of relationships survive through crisis. From personal experience, I know that their counseling centers on speaking truth to your self and your partner and understanding that you have to be willing to lose your partner in order for the relationship to metamorph to deeper spiritual levels. Levels where your respect and love for another prevents you from ever taking advantage of that person or your self again. This book reflects their very important work in this world and we are all better for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brett Weiss on August 30, 2010
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With all of the conversation about divorce, too many people can't see the great marriages that are occuring all around them. In the face of this, the Bloom's made a bold and honest connection with real people experiencing great marriages and share their lives and ways with us. You will find that each chapter is an intimate look at a couple's lives in their own words. The stories are inspiring and powerful.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Steven Svoboda on November 28, 2012
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Wow, 41 reviews to date and 38 give five stars. Unbelievable.

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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Callan on September 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've known so many couples who gave up on their relationship when the going got tough. Secrets of Great Marriages offers hope. It's not like most books I've read and then put up on the book shelf. This one stays on the coffee table so I can refer back to a particular story for guidance and inspiration when I'm facing a challenge in my marriage. I've attended several of the Bloom's workshops and what's most appealing is that they don't deal in theory. They bring the learnings from their relationship into the workshops - the pain, challenges, joy, fear, fun - all of it. They've managed to do the same thing with Secrets of Great Marriages by bringing forth true stories from people who were willing to be real, people who were willing to face the challenges of relationship and, in doing so, provide inspiration to others. I'm very grateful to Linda, Charlie and the couples who shared their experiences from which we all can benefit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Lewis on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
When we met Linda and Charlie Bloom to be interviewed for the book, we were immediately disarmed by their sincerity and gentle interviewing style. We had a great talk and found ourselves sharing in a special way with strangers who became friends in a short span of time. When we received the book, we were impressed by how well they described us in those select passages. It's a peek into the joys and challenges of our almost 32 years together, going on two years married under the roller coaster ride of California's same-sex marriage law.

It was a pleasure to read through the other 26 stories and see that they also distill the essences of the couples and bring them into our lives to enhance our marriage by building our inner strength. So many challenges overcome and love triumphing, all captured in this wonderful book. The Blooms tell the essential stories that we may or may not have heard from our elders when we were children. Now, with families so busy, gay or straight, this is one way to read and share the real life wisdom about the work of making a marriage.

Veda and Kathy
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