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First Kiss to Lasting Bliss: Hope & Inspiration for Your Marriage Paperback – November 14, 2011

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About the Author

Lori Lowe is a journalist, GenXer and child of divorce who has been married to her college sweetheart since 1995. She created the popular marriage blog, www.MarriageGems.com in 2008, which features hundreds of free research-based marriage tips. Connect with Lori or learn more at www.LoriDLowe.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Geode Publishing (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984045104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984045105
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading From First Kiss to lasting Bliss. The author took the time to interview and truly capture the essence of twelve couples who have all overcome serious obstacles to their relationship. In each chapter, Lowe shares the story of a couple whose marriage was severely tested, and ultimately strengthened, by going through their challenges.

Her writing style is easy and engaging. It feels like you are making new friends as you read about their lives and what they went through to become an even stronger couple.

Then Lowe extracts a lesson from each couple for creating a strong marriage, which she summarizes at the end of the book. There are twelve important lessons brought alive by the generous sharing of each couples' story. This book is truly a gem.
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This book really fills a gap in books about marriage. Most marriage advice books talk about problems, not successes. I know from my marriage counseling practice that struggling couples really need a vision of a happy marriage to aim for. They want to know what's possible and realistic. Couples that have no good role models to guide them are especially prone to wonder, What can I expect? And, How good is good enough?

I think this would be a great reference book for couples. When you're feeling discouraged in your own marriage, you can dip into it and read about one of the couples. These couples have been amazingly frank with the author about what they've been through. Their stories are so detailed that you really travel the journey with them.

If I could make one suggestion, it would be to weave the key lesson of each story into the fabric of the story more. I think that would help readers "keep their eyes on the prize."

Each couple has a different challenge, so everyone can find something to relate to. And they all have achieved that solid bond that only comes from going through hard times and coming out the other side. This book shows couples that all that work IS worth it.
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I grabbed a Kindle copy of "First Kiss & Lasting Bliss" as soon as I could: based on Lori's other writing I only expected great, useful content. My expectations were met and greatly surpassed.

Each of the twelve couples that we meet through the book are depicted in such a way that you feel that you really get to know them. It feels like I had the opportunity to sit down with them and hear them tell us their life story. I shared their struggles and cheered on their victories.

As we get to know the couples we can learn from their experiences. Not only do we get to see what went wrong in their lives (whether it was a decision that they made or something that happened to them) we then see how they dealt with the outcomes from those struggles. How they picked up the pieces and put them back together in a way that resulted in an even stronger relationship than they had before. (And fortunately they aren't all negative experiences that we get to share in.)

At the end of each chapter Lori Lowe then shows us a specific lesson that we can implement into our own marriages, and then covers them a final time in the last chapter.

No matter what you might experience in your marriage, I am sure that you will connect with the couples in "First Kiss & Lasting Bliss". With Lori as your guide you will learn what to avoid and what to strive toward in your marriage. I can't recommend it enough!
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We are one of the couples featured in this book. After being extensively interviewed by Ms. Lowe, neither of us knew exactly what to expect. In fact, we were interviewed separately and didn't know what the other shared. We didn't know Ms. Lowe before we were interviewed, and had to trust our instinct that she wanted to tell our story well.

When we received the book we were a little nervous...and then--IMPRESSED.

We both agree the telling of our story is accurate and well presented. Maybe too accurate because when my (LaRita) mother read our story in the book she started to cry. I had to remind her "the story has a happy ending" :)

Each story is unique and really shares the emotions we all face when we feel we "can't take one more thing."

I think this is a great book to share with everyone. It shows both the work and the rewards of long term relationships.

Thank you, MS. Lowe, for telling each story with love and compassion.
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