From This Day Forward

From This Day Forward

by Cokie Roberts, Steven V. Roberts
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From This Day Forward 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing a interview with the authors I was very intrigued. I honestly was expecting a book that preaches the dos and don'ts of having a good marriage. I was surprised to find a funny, honest book about a couples low and high times in a marriage and much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be both informative and an inspiration. The personal stories that they share allowed me to see how and what two people sacrificed and compromised for the love of each other and their family. The other stories that fill the book such as John and Abigail Adams, pioneer marriages, slave marriages, immigrant marriages are just wonderful. I found the story about immigrant marriages to be the most interesting to me. They tell the most beautiful love stories and coincidences that just cannot be ignored. I would have missed out on so much had I not read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a big fan of Cokie's last book, We Are Our Mother's Daughters, because I admired and enjoyed how she wove her experiences in with more historical examples of how women have lived and loved over the last century. I eagerly anticipated her and her husband's new book, From This Day Forward. I actually enjoyed this more than her first book - she and Steve give us the transcripts of many conversations they had over the months as they labored on this book and those talks are a delightful window into their marriage. The chapters alternate between their conversations about chunks of their lives together from when they first met and progressed from a college relationship to getting married to their times abroad and their struggles with careers, religion, and children. Unlike many authors, they do not gloss over the hard times but seem to give the reader an accurate picture of their marital, domestic, and career triumphs and struggles and the lessons they learned. The personal chapters alternate with historical examinations of marriages including famous ones like John and Abigail Adams to little-studied ones like commonlaw marriages among slaves in the last century. The chapter on the Adams marriage was a particular favorite since I am an American history buff who had no idea what a large role Abigail played in her husband's success nor had I any clue the kinds of turmoil that early American women suffered through since most books focus on the politics and military side of the revolutionary period. The interwoven narratives are crisp and relative to the Roberts' account of their marriage and they provide pleasant diversions from the chronological memoir of Steve and Cokie's marriage. A unique and enjoyable way of combining social history with personal memoir!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought the book, I was hoping to read an insightful story of how a mixed-marriage could work. Instead, all that I learned was that this marriage works because the both Cokie and Steven are high profile people whose lifestyle can not be compared to any average person. I must admit that this angered me. I feel that both Cokie and Steven come across as 'high-pedestal' people looking down on the rest of the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I had high hopes prior to reading it. Unfortuantely, these hopes were dashed. This book proves to be a very tedious read and I feel that the authors were 'preaching' to me throughout the read. It's all very well to have a different point of view than the reader, by an author should not write in a manner that demeans individuals who do not share their view. It appears that Cokie Roberts does not understand the meaning of 'diversied viewpoints'. I wish that I could get my money back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My purpose in reading this book was to assist mixed faith marriages in our church. I gained a whole lot more. I observed communication, compromise, perseverance, respect for each other and each other other's beliefs and partners doing what was best for family despite the fact they they might have preferred to do differently. I gained insight into my own 38 year old marriage. We need more role models like Cokie and Steve Roberts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The discussions of slave, pioneer and immigrant marriages were very interesting and I was pleased to see that the Robertses included their bibliography. There is much on 'blended families', and how being a stepparent can affect one's marriage, which I also found interesting. I must note, however, that the Robertses could not resist the urge to talk excessively about how perfect (ingenious, athletic, and musical etc.) their 2 children are, to the point it becomes almost offensive. As punishment, they lose a star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a member of the modern generation who is wondering what Marriage is all about, I found this book to be inspiring. If we could all find this level of commitment in each other than the divorce rate wouldn't be at 60%.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ohmaigosh I'm trembling! AWESOME!!! (really cool names by the way!)