A Very Good Marriage

A Very Good Marriage

Hardcover(1 ED)



For couples who have experienced-or who want to experience-a loving, long-term marriage, this book invites them to fully give themselves to another human being in order to truly enjoy life together. This is the compelling and inspiring story of a Quaker man and his wife and their 41-year marriage together as they raised four children, negotiated careers of service, lived with chronic illnesses, and continued to nurture and cherish each other. Reflected through stories, conversations, personal notes, and poems, theirs is a marriage that demonstrates the faith, gratitude, generosity, friendship, commitment, and humor that are crucial to any successful marriage. Written by a pastor after the death of his beloved wife, this is a perfect gift for engagements, weddings, and anniversaries. It also is appropriate for marriage and grief counselors.

Author Biography: Tom Mullen is the author of Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered Someone Spills the Milk, Laughing Out Loud and Other Religious Experiences, Living Longer and Other Sobering Possibilities. He is a retired dean and professor of writing at Earlham School of Religion. He lives in Richmond, Indiana.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780944350577
Publisher: Friends United Press
Publication date: 11/15/2001
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.72(d)

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A Very Good Marriage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't think of a better way to teach husbands and wives how to have a strong marriage than to show them by example. In A VERY GOOD MARRIAGE, author Tom Mullen not only pays tribute to his wife's memory, but honors their marriage with stories of everyday living. As he points out, most marriages end in divorce due to unrealistic idealized expectations of marriage. But marriages can survive by remembering that it's not what happens to us but our attitude toward it that makes a difference in our lives together. By committing to shared beliefs, values, and supporting one another we can get through life's battles together. If every married couple took the time to write down and share with one another A List Of Cherishing Behaviors, as outlined in Mr. Mullen's book, I believe we could change the world of marriage as we know it. Sharing sound advice through common sense, Mr. Mullen encourages us provide a safe and secure home for our children by having a happy marriage-- and indeed this is truly the best gift we can give our children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this day of seemingly constant stories of marriage ending in divorce, Tom and Nancy Mullen have a tale of something rare indeed ¿ that of a long term marriage. When Nancy died suddenly in 1998, Mullen writes lost his ¿wife¿lover¿companion¿best friend in the world¿(and) light of (his) life.¿ In his book, Mullen gives an intimate, honest and inspiring look into his marriage, his grieving process after Nancy's death and the lessons he¿s learned about what makes for a successful relationship. Based around the traditional wedding vows (love, comfort, honor, sickness and in health, richer and poorer, and, forsaking all others), Mullen uses stories, conversations, personal notes, and poems to illuminate the faith, gratitude, generosity, family, friendships, commitment, and humor that make for a good relationship. This helpful little book, written with good humor and a careful voice, makes an excellent gift for couples getting married or the already married. I've bought multiple copies to give as gifts -- it's that good.