Have you ever wondered why it is the some people who have had horrendous childhood experiences have created successful relationships and some others who have experienced ideal childhoods just don’t seem to be able to get it right? This book will give you that answer and many more!

Over a two-year period, Charlie and Linda Bloom interviewed over 50 couples who had been married for an average of thirty-one  years and seemed as happy as newlyweds. Were they just lucky? Or did they know something that most other couples don’t know? Or did they do something different? And if so, What?

Their ground-breaking book features 27 of those couples who share the sometimes surprising secrets of their success in overcoming the challenges that occur in nearly all committed partnerships in one form or another.

The Blooms found that these couples had faced real challenges — difficulties with children and stepchildren, war wounds, infidelity, health crises, 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, not despite, their challenges. The authors distill this real-world wisdom into practical, positive actions any couple can use to achieve or regain not just a good marriage but a great one!

Praise for Secrets of Great Marriages:

“While the secrets of successful marriages are being demystified by contemporary scientific scrutiny, most of the data comes from studying conflicted, often dysfunctional, marriages. The portraits of couples in Secrets of Great Marriages demystifies the intimate bond by studying successful rather than conflicted couples and identifying the factors they all have common. Any couple reading these stories will be inspired, challenged and guided towards the relationship of their dreams. I highly recommend it to all couples, successful or unsuccessful.”

— Harville Hendrix, Ph. D. Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples 

“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: Practicing for a Joyful Life 

“A fascinating and moving glimpse into twenty-nine 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 relay real-world wisdom to couples in all stages of relationships. Take their words as golden–they’ve walked the walk!”
— Pat Love, Ed.D., author of The Truth about Love

“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, Tears to Triumph: Spiritual Healing for the Modern Plagues of Anxiety and Depression and The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life

“The Blooms’ commitment to relationship, demonstrated by their many years together and their fine undertaking in Secrets of Great Marriages, is certainly commendable. The couples in this book eloquently describe the relationship roller coaster, offering very enjoyable lessons that give readers an opportunity to compare notes with others on the same path.”
–Stephen and Ondrea Levine, authors of Embracing the Beloved