Top positive review
Rich with insights and practical--and revealing-- exercises
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
I bought two copies of this book because it looked like a good present for younger couples and, in a few years, my grandchildren. Then I got fascinated with the engaging exercises. This is a BIG book, abundantly flowing with interactive opportunities for couples to connect and learn things about each other that would typically take years for them to discover. One previous reviewer said that you really need to spend a lot of time using it. That may be true. But I learned a lot by cheating and zooming in and out of several chapters related to my own long marriage and my experience as a widower in later-life relationships. And then I realized that this would be a perfect gift now for my parish priest who often conducts counseling sessions with couples she is going to marry. I gave it to her at the Easter service, and she was delighted. Here’s one suggestion. Many pages offer separate spaces for partners to write candid answers to serious questions like “What makes you feel loved?” I think some readers will want to cover the first writer’s entry before they write their own. It’s easy to hide the spaces temporarily with one or two Post-its.
In any case, I can imagine couples returning to the book as a baseline document for many years (we can hope) after their wedding.