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A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage Book Review

Hubs and I have read several marriage helps books, as we have led a Marriage Care Group and like to read things that will help us as we help others.

A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage

A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage: The Essentials for Long-Lasting Togetherness is one of those books that is short, sweet, and straight to the point.  Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill hits the proverbial nail on the head with this one.  As she says on page 30 of this quaint little book, “Talk, talk, talk.  It should happen every day.  I like to think of touch and talk as the absolute essentials of daily married life.”

A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage: The Essentials for Long-Lasting TogethernessAbout the book…

While there are many self-help books addressing marriage issues, none is as pointed and straightforward as O’Neill’s A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage: The Essentials for Long-Lasting Togetherness. Like her highly acclaimed short book, Sheltering Thoughts: About Loss and Grief, this book will speak to its readers through its directness and simplicity. It challenges readers to understand and live by the tenets of a committed relationship. In the spirit of the bestselling book, A Short Guide To A Happy Life by Anna Quindlen, author Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill offers readers the same inviting and simple but sensible approach for embracing marriage, and provides the essentials of a long lasting relationship.

About the Author…

Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill, Ed. S, is a marriage and family therapist who has always been obsessed with how and why relationships last.  She has been in practice for over 25 years.  Her website is She lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband and son.

This book is one that I would feel comfortable giving to a couple that is just embarking on marriage, or a couple who has been through the storms of life and needs a little reminder of what makes a marriage work.  It is an easy read, but do not let the ease of the read fool you.  There are nuggets of 14 karat wisdom in this book!

This book would make a great stocking stuffer for the couple on your list, or shower gift for the bride to be.

A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage is available at Borders, Barnes&Noble, and on

What books have you found useful in navigating relationships?

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Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.