Contrary to popular opinion - and no shortage of media attention reinforcing negative perceptions - the institution of marriage can be a "fortress for well-being" against even the most challenging circumstances of life. Just ask Heather Cardin, author of Partners in Spirit: What Couples Say About Marriages That Work, who interviewed more than forty successful couples for their thoughts about their marriage experiences and what made their relationships thrive. Through this collection of interesting and in many ways familiar stories, Cardin discovered that a majority of them believe that spirituality is perhaps the most important component of marriage success.
The stories were collected from different parts of the world and reflect the wide range of human circumstances, troubles, and tragedies that can affect people living life today: tensions between family members, serious financial and cultural issues, depression, addiction, cancer, HIV infection, and the loss of a child, to name a few. Many of the couples interviewed are members of the Bahá'í Faith. Some originally came from a variety of religious backgrounds - including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist - while others were born into Bahá'í families. Most have been married to one person for a long time.
Consistent in all their stories is the value of creating and understanding the equal partnership of husband and wife in spiritual development as a strong foundation for a happy and prosperous family life—a key feature of the Bahá'í perspective on marriage. Cardin also weaves other Bahá'í teachings on marriage through the book, providing a solid introduction to the topic.
Partners in Spirit will appeal to spiritually-minded engaged couples, newlyweds, and even long-time marriage partners seeking hints and advice about strengthening their relationship.