From the reflections of famous people and the stories of everyday folk to classic love letters and contemporary "ten best" lists, this delightfully eclectic treasury shines a spotlight on the many joys of marriage.
I Like Being Married is the ultimate celebration of the ties that keep loving couples together in good times and bad. With a guest list that includes Paul Newman and Joannne Woodward, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, Queen Victoria, George Burns, and Secretary of State Colin Powell (to name just a few); poetic tributes from Homer, Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; and wedding readings from the Bible and other religious traditions, it captures the magic and deep-seated sense of commitment at the heart of married life.
I Like Being Married shows that the institution of marriage is integral to our common humanity. There are heartwarming stories of courtship, including Mikhail Gorbachevs charming "Chasing Raisa" and Rosalyn Carters story of meeting Jimmy for the first time. Jerry Stiller, Celine Dion, and others who have broken the "rules" describe how they overcame family expectations, age differences, and other obstacles to wed the people they love. In moving and amusing portraits, husbands and wives reveal the qualities and the quirks that make their mates endearing, and vignettes by Ruby Dee, Roy Rogers, and Walter Payton capture the special joys that children bring to a marriage. Long-married couples look back on a lifetime of love, and look forward to the future with hope. Lists of the ten best books, songs, movies, and sitcoms about marriage, along with evocative illustrations, round off this unusual, multifaceted look at marital bliss.
Filled with stories, memories, and musings, I Like Being Married is not only an ideal gift for showers, weddings, and anniversaries but is the perfect way to explore the true meaning of marriage.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Michael Leach and Therese J. Borchard are the editors of I Like Being Catholic. Michael Leach, the executive director of Orbis Books, has edited and published numerous award-winning books. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Therese Borchard has written seventeen books, including Winging It: Meditations of a Young Adult and the acclaimed childrens books series The Emerald Bible Collection. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Therese J. Borchard
Therese J. Borchard is the author of the hit daily blog Ã¢â‚¬Å“Beyond BlueÃ¢â‚¬Â on Beliefnet.com, which is featured regularly on The Huffington Post and was voted by PsychCentral.com as one of the top 10 depression blogs, and she moderates the popular depression support group, Beyond Blue, on BeliefnetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s social networking site. Therese is the editor of The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World, featured in Real Simple, Parenting, More, Working Mother, Psychology Today, Fit Pregnancy, the Chicago Tribune, and on Salon.com, and of I Love Being a Mom: Treasured Stories, Memories, and Milestones, a Target selection, and featured in Redbook, Parenting, BabyTalk, the Chicago Tribune, and the Detroit Free Press. With Michael Leach, she is co-editor of A Celebration of a Married Life and the national bestseller I Like Being Catholic. Her memoir, Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes, will be released in January of 2010.Therese has published articles in the Washington Post, LadiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Home Journal, Parenting, Guideposts, Publishers Weekly, the Baltimore Sun, America, and on PsychCentral.com, The Huffington Post, and Yahoo! Her nationally syndicated column, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our Turn,Ã¢â‚¬Â is distributed biweekly by Catholic News Service. She appears monthly on Sirius Satellite Radio, is featured regularly on radio programs throughout the country, and has been a repeated guest on national television programs, such as "Fox and Friends" (Fox News Channel) and "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" (ABC). She lives with her husband, Eric, and their two Ã¢â‚¬Å“spiritedÃ¢â‚¬Â children in Annapolis, Maryland.