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Sunday, November 21, 2010

CLOSED: Getting Ready For The Holidays: This Path We Share: Reflecting On 60Years Of Marriage Book Review & Giveaway

This Path We Share
Nearly 50 percent of married couples in the United States end up divorced. Government figures from the Center of Disease Control show the U.S. marriage rate is 7.1 per 1000 total population and the divorce rate is 3.5 per 1000.

According to, the percentage of married persons who reach their 25th anniversary is 33 percent; 20 of couples reach their 35th anniversary; but only 5 percent reach their 50th. Clearly it is not easy to stay married.

But what if you do stay married? For sixty years and counting? What does it take?

Most books and articles focus on newlyweds or couples facing midlife crises. Where can couples turn for advice on how to make a marriage thrive after 40, 50 or more years of marriage?

"To stay married for a long time, you have to be blessed with unusual longevity," admits Hjelmstad, "and you have to find a way to resolve the many differences that arise over the years. My Husband Les, and I did very well until our 33rd year. Then one day the word 'divorce' came up during a heated discussion. It took four months to figure out that that probably wasn't a great idea."

"Another thing that amazes us is that we actually traveled 400,000 miles together, speaking on breast cancer issues, after we were 63 and 72. And we didn't kill one another or even mention divorce."

In This Path We Share we learn the story of Hjelmstad's long marriage - through four children (born two years apart), illness (including breast cancer), tragedy, and unprecedented social upheaval.
A few of the core bits of advice shared in this book are:
- Nurture your primary relationship tenaciously
- Fall in love with each new person your mate becomes
- Create a post-parenthood marriage - if you are lucky, there will be years after children leave
- Reinvent your lives to fit changing circumstances
- Foster a lifelong sexual connection

Lois hopes This Path We Share will help couples from the about-to-be-marrieds and young marrieds to those struggling to hang on to what they once had and those looking to affirm their long happy relationships.

I think this book is a must read for young couples. I love that Lois is so candid & doesn't hold anything back. I look at my grandparents who have only been married once & for 65 years. Yes, 65 years is amazing & I am just hoping I live 65 years. Sadly my grandfather passed away a few minutes after the 65 year mark. Even though they may have bickered at each other which was often more cute than anything other than hatred. Yes they may have got on each others nerves but deep down they truly loved & respected each other.

I am sure they had their struggles as does any couple but they were in it together. I always thought it was so very sweet that they would kiss before the other would leave to go somewhere. Maybe a true general respect & concern without selfishness is the key.

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Open to US residents only & must 18 years old at the time of entry. Giveaway will end on Dec. 5th @ 11:59 pm EST & a winner will be chosen by I will email the winner & the winner will have 72 hours to respond before choosing another winner. I received free samples to properly conduct this review & the opinions of this product are solely mine.