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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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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.
There is so much to admire in this book. The miniature essays that introduce each couple are gems. Clearly the Blooms invested a lot of quality time with each couple in order to draw out their truly unique stories. The transparent candor evidenced by the interviews reveal how deeply the couples must have trusted the authors.
These couples have created marriages that work for them. Love flows through each story but there is more, much more about what happens when love is not enough. I truly enjoyed getting to know the couples through the book and would enjoy spending time with them in person.
I had to buy a second copy of this wonderful book as my daughter-in-law begged me to borrow it the day it arrived. I'm glad it went home with her.
-- respect and trust
-- willingness to own up to their own contribution to conflict
-- not letting resentments fester
-- verbally and physically affectionate.
But the thing that makes this book most interesting is the great variety of ways that these different couples with different personalities facing different challenges create deeply loving and connected relationships. Reading about the lives of these couples in some depth, hearing about their challenges and struggles in their own words is a powerful way to really absorb the principles that underlie the extraordinary relationships that the book describes.
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Therapists, workshop co-leaders, and life partners Linda and Charlie Bloom...Read more