From This Day Forward: Meditations on the First Years of Marriage
The most intelligent book I've encountered. Poynter's quotations are as wide ranging as they thought-provoking. A compassionate reminder to help couples stay connected. -- Jennifer Louden, author of The Couple's Comfort BookFor the more than one million women who marry for the first time every year, and the many who have already made the leap, here is an intelligent, thoughtful, and provocative book about the complexities and comforts of the first years of marriage. From the sublime moments of deep intimacy to the frustrating arguments over money and in-laws, author Toni Sciarra Poynter tells what to expect in this collection of mini-essays.Offering common sense and wisdom, advice and sensitivity, From This Day Forward is chock-full of the inside aspect that's often missing from books for newlyweds. As a book of firsthand, real-life anecdotes, the author looks unflinchingly, humorously, and humanely at the issues that daily surface in any working marriage: how to keep your identity, balancing individual goals with mutual dreams, how to handle anger, and the importance of carving do-nothing time. Each is covered completely and contemplatively within the pages of this lovely book.A beautifully practical volume that offers insights and inspiration, From This Day Forward makes a perfect gift for new brides, giving them crucial advice in a candid, relevant way that only someone who has lived through the first years of marriage can give. The essays weave in other women's experiences as well to create a tapestry that is universal in scope but specific and useful in its details. Each page addresses a particular issue with a quotation, a brief essay, and an affirmation, makingit easy for the newly married to find guidance along the way.
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