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Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted Paperback – February 11, 2014
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— Edward M. Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction
The perfect book for the twenty-first-century marriage. A practical, easy way to increase intimacy, romance, and teamwork and resolve conflicts more smoothly.”
— Susan Page, author of How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together
A clear, well-organized, and easy-to-use book that will lead to a satisfying marriage. This could be the best investment for happiness you’ll ever make!”
— Jon Carlson, PsyD, EDD, distinguished professor, Governors State University
Marcia Naomi Berger has nailed the essentials required for growing a great marriage....I am grateful to her for writing this book because I now have a practical, inspirational guide to recommend to my students and marriage-counseling clients.”
— from the foreword by Linda Bloom, coauthor of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married
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Paired with a good therapist and a desire to be happy again, this book can be very helpful. As another reviewer mentioned, it's the "How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen" for marriage (which, by the way, is like magic for 2 year olds).
Make sure you aren't giving up until you've done weekly meetings for at least 6-8 weeks. That's how long it took us to move from it feeling forced and weird to it feeling like a fun way to connect. Because it actually does help you connect with your partner.
We're now doing family meetings using the same technique and my kids LOVE them.
dumbest, most anti-romantic idea since the cold shower.
I was wrong. So wrong.
Among other things, my girlfriend and I have dramatically improved our
sex life at age 70 and 69.
If you are younger, as you most certainly are, it will have even more impact.
Having read the book and used the techniques and ideas with my
live-together mate, I can say that if I had known then what I know
now, I might have saved my marriage. If you are on the rocks, this book can steer you into peaceful waters.
You see, some of us, maybe more men than women, have difficulty
expressing our feelings. We especially have difficulty working through
highly emotional issues of conflict.
This book by Marcia Naomi Berger gives anyone, but especially men,
step-by-step tools to have the important conversations we need to have
with the women we love.
Tools, right, tools! We men love tools and can use them to fix things.
A major idea from the book that I have been able to use is the
counter intuitive core of the book: DON'T try to resolve conflicts
when they arise. You will usually be tired, in a hurry, angry, cranky
- whatever. Learn to take a deep breath and say to your likewise
angry, baffled partner - Let's talk about this at the marriage meeting
Wednesday. In my own life, it has been amazing how big issues become
small when we've cooled off, thought awhile and then sit down to
discuss, rather than fight.
The idea of planning for good times has paid off in a unexpected way.
Like many couples our sex life has its ups and downs. We were able to
discuss this in a "meeting" over coffee and figure out when would work
best. We now have an inside joke to get things rolling: "Perhaps we
can have a rendezvous this afternoon?" That resulted from the male
half of our couple being able to recognize and explain it wouldn't
happen unless planned around his energizing pill (the blue one).
In a marriage meeting (we call it that even though we are not
married), following the steps in the book and using the "I feel..."
format, I was able to discuss why we weren't having sex: It seemed the
timing was always bad for one of us. I suggested an "appointment."
She, using the same format in response, which we got from the book, suggested that word was
off-putting, but maybe we could call it a "rendezvous." She was also
able to tell me what she needed by way of warm-up (Ladies, if you have
ever wanted your man to truly get the need for foreplay, this book
This book has strengthened this man's ability to communicate to and
listen to his loving partner in a new and rewarding, and, ultimately,
My wife and I sat down for our first marriage meeting tonight. We plan to meet each Tuesday night. I have read MARRIAGE MEETINGS FOR LASTING LOVE from cover to cover and have urged my wife to do the same. The book is truly wonderful. Berger consistently points out that the book is not meant to be a substitute for marriage counseling ---which we are in already.
The sections are easy to access and the advice is quite practical. My chief complain (tongue in cheek)---why didn’t we start doing this years ago?
We approached just one set of chores tonight and I expect we’ll tackle many more as we go along---but just that start has provided me with the structure I have needed. I sort of kept saying to myself ‘someday we have to get organized’---well, I think we’re on our way.
San Rafael, CA