Last night I took the wraps off the Five-Year Marriage during the inaugural event at the Pyramid Club in Philly.It was exciting and fun!
There were many interested and curious people who wanted to find out about the Five-Year Marriage. It was mostly women, but a few men were there, and the ones who were got really engaged, including a man who has been married forty-two years! And a couple came who are marriage mentors – something they do with their synagogue. They chatted with me a little after the event. They can see the need for and the possibilities of short-term and contract marriage.
And then there were a couple people who were just annoyed with the five-year marriage idea. I expect that. A lot of people just don’t want to upset the applecart with some new-fangled idea about marriage.
But, cheezlouise, with the divorce rate being what it is, and so many people living in unhappy marriages, I would think people would want a sensible alternative. Even governments are showing concern in countries like Mexico and Australia.
Did you know…in Australia, if a couple is married for less than five years, the have to go to counseling to try to work it out? If they don’t, they won’t be granted a divorce!
The divorce rate is a serious problem in almost every society. And the incidence of domestic violence is terrible. And you can ask many women who didn’t divorce – maybe for economics or maybe for the kids – it’s no fun to live with someone you don’t like, in a relationship in which you feel lonely.
I’m very encouraged by what women who have already read Five-Year Marriage – who gave me feedback as I wrote the book – are saying. And some of them have given me testimonials, including:
- “This is the kind of stuff couples should know”
- “I wish I’d used this as a guide before I got married – I might not have gotten divorced the first time”
- “I’ve been married a really long time but I can see these ideas making my marriage better.”
Five-Year Marriage will be available for pre-sale in November. We launch in February. Stay tuned!