A Very Good Marriage

by Tom Mullen. Friends United Press, 2001.

During one recent year, there were nearly 1.2 million divorces in the United States. Seventeen out every 1,000 children under age 18 are involved in divorce. And most divorces occur within the first 10 years of marriage. Which makes the 41-year marriage of author Tom Mullen and his wife, Nancy, something rare indeed. Mullen laments that with Nancy’s sudden death in 1998 he lost his wife, lover, companion, best friend, and light of his life. In this book, Mullen gives an intimate, honest, and inspiring look into his marriage, his grieving process after Nancy's death, and the lessons he’s learned about what makes for a successful relationship. Acknowledging the importance of traditional wedding vows, 'A Very Good Marriage' uses stories, conversations, personal notes, and poems to illuminate the faith, gratitude, generosity, family, friendships, commitment, and humor that make for a good relationship. This helpful book could serve as an excellent gift for couples getting married, a premarital counseling tool, the basis for adult education classes on marriage and family, or a resource for grief recovery groups.