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A Top Divorce Lawyer and a Family Therapist Show You How to Really Talk—for Better or for Worse   Married for 33 years, David, a divorce lawyer, and Julie, a family therapist, have both been witness to families struggling with life’s most difficult challenges. At the same time, they have weathered their own challenges at home: raising four daughters, two biological and two A Top Divorce Lawyer and a Family Therapist Show You How to Really Talk—for Better or for Worse   Married for 33 years, David, a divorce lawyer, and Julie, a family therapist, have both been witness to families struggling with life’s most difficult challenges. At the same time, they have weathered their own challenges at home: raising four daughters, two biological and two adopted, and dealing with one child’s mental health and behavioral issues. What they’ve learned about saving a marriage or knowing when to call it quits, when to turn to professionals or when to try tough love, could fill a book—and it does.    The Five Core Conversations for Couples tackles every corner of relationships with the wisdom, knowledge, and best advice culled from David and Julie’s unique personal and professional experiences, organized topically into the five core reasons that people come to their offices. Topics include: Disability Abuse Serious illness Estrangement And much, much more Take a look inside the hearts and minds of two marriage professionals to gain a fresh perspective into your own relationships and to have valuable and more frequent conversations with those you love. 


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A Top Divorce Lawyer and a Family Therapist Show You How to Really Talk—for Better or for Worse   Married for 33 years, David, a divorce lawyer, and Julie, a family therapist, have both been witness to families struggling with life’s most difficult challenges. At the same time, they have weathered their own challenges at home: raising four daughters, two biological and two A Top Divorce Lawyer and a Family Therapist Show You How to Really Talk—for Better or for Worse   Married for 33 years, David, a divorce lawyer, and Julie, a family therapist, have both been witness to families struggling with life’s most difficult challenges. At the same time, they have weathered their own challenges at home: raising four daughters, two biological and two adopted, and dealing with one child’s mental health and behavioral issues. What they’ve learned about saving a marriage or knowing when to call it quits, when to turn to professionals or when to try tough love, could fill a book—and it does.    The Five Core Conversations for Couples tackles every corner of relationships with the wisdom, knowledge, and best advice culled from David and Julie’s unique personal and professional experiences, organized topically into the five core reasons that people come to their offices. Topics include: Disability Abuse Serious illness Estrangement And much, much more Take a look inside the hearts and minds of two marriage professionals to gain a fresh perspective into your own relationships and to have valuable and more frequent conversations with those you love. 

30 review for The Five Core Conversations for Couples: How to Talk about Parenting, Communication, Finances, Sex, and Balance to Stay off the Couch and out of Court

  1. 5 out of 5

    C. Gonzales

    I enjoyed the Bulitt's approach and execution on the subject. I think they set out to accomplish something in writing this book and they definitely succeeded in it. It's full of great information and leaves the reader feeling capable and motivated. I enjoyed the Bulitt's approach and execution on the subject. I think they set out to accomplish something in writing this book and they definitely succeeded in it. It's full of great information and leaves the reader feeling capable and motivated.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Highly recommended, no matter how long you’ve been married! Big fan! After reading David Bulitt‘s previous two fiction books (check out Card Game and Because I Had To), I was excited to see what his latest non-fiction book had to offer. And, The Five Core Conversations for Couples does not disappoint. As one of the most highly regarded divorce attorneys in the country, he and his wife Julie (who is a marriage counselor) definitely hit it out of the ballpark with this one. After being married for Highly recommended, no matter how long you’ve been married! Big fan! After reading David Bulitt‘s previous two fiction books (check out Card Game and Because I Had To), I was excited to see what his latest non-fiction book had to offer. And, The Five Core Conversations for Couples does not disappoint. As one of the most highly regarded divorce attorneys in the country, he and his wife Julie (who is a marriage counselor) definitely hit it out of the ballpark with this one. After being married for 7 years, I’ve taken so many great approaches from this book (especially from the “Use Your Oxygen Mask” chapter - it’s so valuable during these challenging times) that I can implement for years to come, and have recommended this book to family and friends that have been married for much longer. No matter how long you’ve been married, there is valuable information for everyone. I couldn’t lay it down and finished it over the weekend, now my husband is reading it and wholeheartedly agrees (he’s loving the “Weekends Away” chapter). Definitely my go-to gift for upcoming weddings!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This book tells it like it is. It pulls no punches. And, it's funny. Funny is important when your marriage is on the rocks and everything else in your life sucks. So many reviews say a book's information is "practical" - this is SO practical and to the point that I think if I'd read it during my 26-year marriage, I'd still be married to a great guy. It's my road map for my new marriage (again, with a great guy). This is great for life partners of any kind - it covers everything from money issues This book tells it like it is. It pulls no punches. And, it's funny. Funny is important when your marriage is on the rocks and everything else in your life sucks. So many reviews say a book's information is "practical" - this is SO practical and to the point that I think if I'd read it during my 26-year marriage, I'd still be married to a great guy. It's my road map for my new marriage (again, with a great guy). This is great for life partners of any kind - it covers everything from money issues to sex. And, truly, if you can master those, aren't you well on your way to happier times?! But, through their experience as a divorce attorney and a marriage counselor - married for over 30 years, they've seen it all in their offices and at home. I like that it deals with kids and the issues that can seep into a marriage from those challenges. Read this to stay married! Or, read it before you commit to anybody seriously.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Campbell

    This is a fun, breezy read about a complex subject: MARRIAGE. David Bulitt (a divorce lawyer) and his wife Julie (a family therapist) share their hard-earned personal and professional wisdom in a forthright and humorous way. As a result, their victories - and defeats - translate into teachable moments for the reader. The book unfolds more like a playful novel than a clinical self-help book, offering concise, real-life stories with relatable advice on how to be a better spouse/parent. The Bulitts This is a fun, breezy read about a complex subject: MARRIAGE. David Bulitt (a divorce lawyer) and his wife Julie (a family therapist) share their hard-earned personal and professional wisdom in a forthright and humorous way. As a result, their victories - and defeats - translate into teachable moments for the reader. The book unfolds more like a playful novel than a clinical self-help book, offering concise, real-life stories with relatable advice on how to be a better spouse/parent. The Bulitts lead by example, turning the mirror toward themselves - warts and all - to discuss issues that inevitably arise in even the happiest of marriages. The tone is never preachy, but instead refreshingly self-deprecating and self-aware. THE FIVE CORE CONVERSATIONS FOR COUPLES wholly embraces the Mars/Venus dynamic - and gives concrete pointers on how to navigate the challenges of marriage/parenthood.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charles F. Mitchell

    Five Core Conversations offers something for everybody who is in a relationship, whether you've been dating for two weeks or married for forty years. It explores important topics in all relationships and it fearlessly asks questions that are not always easy or comfortable to ask. The dialogue is fun and authentic and by the end, you feel like you've been close friends with Julie and David for a decade. I'm looking forward to their next offering! Five Core Conversations offers something for everybody who is in a relationship, whether you've been dating for two weeks or married for forty years. It explores important topics in all relationships and it fearlessly asks questions that are not always easy or comfortable to ask. The dialogue is fun and authentic and by the end, you feel like you've been close friends with Julie and David for a decade. I'm looking forward to their next offering!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Rebersak

    Funny, insightful, and conversation sparking! I have only been married for 1.4 years, although my husband and I were together for about 6 years before marriage. The cores hit on the most important and often most uncomfortable spots of any marriage for even the most solid of couples. This is a book that we plan to read and re-read throughout the years of our marriage and continue the conversations sparked by the questions after each core.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Books Forward

    Such an insightful (and funny!) book from a couple who really are so qualified to write it. I was surprised by the number of topics they were able to speak on with authority -- they left no stone unturned!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim T

    I thoroughly enjoyed these “couples conversations” Whether you’re considering marriage or in a long time relationship the Bulitt’s provide valuable insight into the ups and downs of a partnership.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Didn’t Like the Set-Up The book's subtitle promises expert advice, and this couple could certainly be considered relationship experts, as he is a divorce lawyer and she is a family therapist. So they see it all, from both sides of the spectrum and all points in between. But, to me, the way they set up this book was not such that it delivered any “expert advice.” Instead, they share a ton of personal stories from their life as a couple and as parents, including dialogue and their thoughts. That's Didn’t Like the Set-Up The book's subtitle promises expert advice, and this couple could certainly be considered relationship experts, as he is a divorce lawyer and she is a family therapist. So they see it all, from both sides of the spectrum and all points in between. But, to me, the way they set up this book was not such that it delivered any “expert advice.” Instead, they share a ton of personal stories from their life as a couple and as parents, including dialogue and their thoughts. That's honestly what the bulk of the book is. While transparency is generally an excellent thing, this felt like too much to me. I don't know my own parents as well as I know this couple now. Each of the five core sections has a set of questions at the end that the couple can ponder and discuss; perhaps this would have been more effective if they had put a question or two with each story rather than at the end of a long, multi-part section. Each story within the core sections leads off with a quote from the person who wrote that section; that line or two is the only thing that could be construed as “advice” in the book. I guess you're supposed to draw your own conclusions from each story, and they consider that to be giving expert advice; a key takeaway or two beyond the initial quote for each story would have been nice. This way of sharing information didn't quite work for me. I also didn't like the profanity and use of other crude words. I just don't think that belongs in any book, fiction or nonfiction. All in all, I was disappointed in this book. My book blog: https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Stroup

    This book is co-authored by a family law specialist (aka divorce lawyer) and his wife, a family therapist. I liked how they chose to structure this book - one chapter from his point of view, the next from hers. It reads as a conversation, and I enjoyed their banter. While I imagine they have plenty of professional examples of how one might not handle certain situations in a relationship, they included many painful struggles from their own marriage, and the lessons learned through those challengi This book is co-authored by a family law specialist (aka divorce lawyer) and his wife, a family therapist. I liked how they chose to structure this book - one chapter from his point of view, the next from hers. It reads as a conversation, and I enjoyed their banter. While I imagine they have plenty of professional examples of how one might not handle certain situations in a relationship, they included many painful struggles from their own marriage, and the lessons learned through those challenging times. I appreciated their honesty. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Emery

    The fact that this was written by a married couple gives it even more credibility. Yes, the authors accomplishments do as well, but I think something about the fact that they are able to lend their own relationship experiences really gives it something extra. The authors play off of each other well and have really been able to put together a cohesive relationship self-help book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This book caught my attention since it was written by a divorce lawyer and a family therapist, who happened to be married. It seemed like they'd make a great book and this topic and my expectations did not disappoint. This was a much more fun and light book than I expected since it can be a heavy topic, and I loved that about it! I loved the broad range of topics that they covered and loved that it provided valuable insights into these topics. Overall, I enjoyed the couples' conversations and thi This book caught my attention since it was written by a divorce lawyer and a family therapist, who happened to be married. It seemed like they'd make a great book and this topic and my expectations did not disappoint. This was a much more fun and light book than I expected since it can be a heavy topic, and I loved that about it! I loved the broad range of topics that they covered and loved that it provided valuable insights into these topics. Overall, I enjoyed the couples' conversations and this book! **Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janani Kalpathi

    To be honest, I was skeptical at first reading the title. Yet took a chance and glad I did! The book is a rather interesting take of a couple - one being a divorce lawyer and the other a family therapist on communication, finances, sex, kids and balance. The stories and perspectives gets entertaining as you read. Good example of 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Literally. Some of their personal stories were meh. Some conversations utterly funny specifically on sex. Some of it made me wonder ho To be honest, I was skeptical at first reading the title. Yet took a chance and glad I did! The book is a rather interesting take of a couple - one being a divorce lawyer and the other a family therapist on communication, finances, sex, kids and balance. The stories and perspectives gets entertaining as you read. Good example of 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Literally. Some of their personal stories were meh. Some conversations utterly funny specifically on sex. Some of it made me wonder how did they even make it together for 30 odd years?? I think I'd have needed a therapist if I was in the middle of a few of those conversations. 🤣 The insights on finances were good. Sharing is not caring but a 'CYA strategy'. Get behind the steering wheel every now and then. The moving part of the book are the struggles and failures they go through as parents and turning away from their kid. The letters to their troubled daughter addicted to drugs and bad behavior are touching and too authentic. Hence why life changing experiences are so important to go through and yet beautiful. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.. P. S. My fav line of this book on the importance of sex summed up the best ever - 'The booty should not be on a budget.' 🤣🤣

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Your money would be better spent on Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. I didn't think they actually gave any real advice. It felt more like a book about their marital issues as well as others' issues. Would not recommend. Your money would be better spent on Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. I didn't think they actually gave any real advice. It felt more like a book about their marital issues as well as others' issues. Would not recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Hueston

    The thing I really like about this book is that it's not only helpful and insightful, but written in a way that doesn't make it seem like work to learn new stuff. It's engaging and has humor spread throughout. I'm hoping the authors have a new book coming soon. The thing I really like about this book is that it's not only helpful and insightful, but written in a way that doesn't make it seem like work to learn new stuff. It's engaging and has humor spread throughout. I'm hoping the authors have a new book coming soon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andres

    This book is quite entertaining, educational, and important for many couples. It brings numerous topics that often get people in hot water and jeopardize relationships to the table. The humor and the wit used in the book made it that much more enjoyable. The writing style is great.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Not a huge fan, there are way better books on couples. Full review on my blog soon - www.therapybooknook.com/blog Not a huge fan, there are way better books on couples. Full review on my blog soon - www.therapybooknook.com/blog

  18. 5 out of 5

    Oxana Tomova

    *DNF* The book was pretty good up to where I reached before the file broke and with the book archived, I can't reach the end. I do recommend checking it out, as I'll probably do myself later down the road. *Thanks to NetGalley and BookBuzz.net for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.* *DNF* The book was pretty good up to where I reached before the file broke and with the book archived, I can't reach the end. I do recommend checking it out, as I'll probably do myself later down the road. *Thanks to NetGalley and BookBuzz.net for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.*

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Bulitt

    I wrote it with my wife. Its hard not to show bias, but we are both so very proud of this book. Hope folks enjoy and get a little something from it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Rothenheber

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ilke McAliley

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Cherri

  26. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  27. 5 out of 5

    HAROLD B PREGLER, Flora Pregler

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pistachio7188

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jerrilyn

  30. 4 out of 5

    S M

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