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SECRETS OF GREAT MARRIAGES

Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love

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.

Endorsements

“With Secrets of Great Marriages, the Blooms have captured the essence of  true partnership and what it  involves. These stories illustrate the essential qualities that are necessary for genuine communion with another person. This book provides compelling evidence that no matter who we are, we can develop the skills to create truly extraordinary relationships.” — Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

“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