Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love

Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love

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by Linda Bloom, Charlie Bloom
     
 

Therapists Charlie and Linda Bloom have been married more than thirty-five years. Over a two-year period, they interviewed twenty-seven couples who had been together for an average of thirty years and seemed as happy as newlyweds. Were they just lucky? The Blooms found that these couples had faced real challenges — difficulties with children and stepchildren,

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Therapists Charlie and Linda Bloom have been married more than thirty-five years. Over a two-year period, they interviewed twenty-seven couples who had been together for an average of thirty years and seemed as happy as newlyweds. Were they just lucky? The Blooms found that these couples had faced real challenges — difficulties with children and stepchildren, war wounds, infidelity, and financial ruin. They also found that with loving dialogue and open hearts, the couples had found ways to heal, grow, and deepen their commitment through, and not despite, their challenges. The Blooms distill this real-world wisdom into practical, positive actions any couple can take to achieve or regain not just a good marriage but a great one.

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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

Publishers Weekly
Married relationship gurus, the Blooms (Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married) share the secrets of 27 happily married couples. A high-profile lawyer husband and his political activist wife demonstrate how balancing family and careers requires teamwork, commitment, creativity, and surrendering of the ego. Two gay musicians, one with AIDS, have perfected the art of treating each other like adults rather than being each other’s parents. Although it profiles fulfilling relationships worthy of respect and emulation, this volume’s New Age bent, long-windedness, and lack of self-help format may preclude a wide audience. (Feb.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577316787
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
646,168
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet 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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