2×2 On the Ark: Five Secrets of a Great Relationship Book Reviews

US Review of Books

Published August, 4th 2021

5 Out 5 Star Review

US Review of Books posted a recommended seal on their review of my new book – 2×2 On the Ark: Five Secrets to a Great Relationship. Below is an excerpt and you can read the entire review on my website at: https://lnkd.in/etMEJdf

Falling in love is easy. Swept up in emotions and the excitement of something new is like a rose-filled wave that lifts lovers to dizzying heights and sets them off on shore to find their way. Then the hard work begins, and sometimes that work demands the help of the experts. With over forty years of experience, Mary Giuffra offers resources and practices to empower couples to build and maintain long-lasting relationships.

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Kirkus Reviews

Published February, 26th 2021

5 Out 5 Star Review

Couples therapist Giuffra offers a debut guide for those navigating the waters of romantic relationships.
This work draws heavily on the metaphor of Noah’s Ark in the book of Genesis: “Did [Noah] wonder what he needed to learn from all those animals aboard? Clearly the animals had done a far better job connecting and living peacefully with others of their species than humans had.” Giuffra uses such examples to help readers explore what traditional wisdom reveals about modern love, but she also draws on more recent neuroscience research. In five sections, the author lays out a practical “Love Map” for successful relationships, arranged into five distinct advice topics: “Leave Space for Love,” “Operate Your Brain To Love,” “View Your Conditioning With Love,” “Emerge Free To Love,” and “Route and Navigate Life’s Stormy Seas.”

Throughout, Giuffra not only provides numerous stories of couples, including her own anonymized clients, as they learn to incorporate various principles, but also clear tips for readers for using these strategies in daily life: “Recall a time when you felt happy, fulfilled, or just pleased….Sense, smell, touch, feel, hear, and imagine that experience again.” At the core of her research is the understanding that, when it comes to love, one’s anxious “reptilian and
mammalian brains” dominate; however, she asserts that one can resist one’s natural “fight or flight” response, create new perceptions, and reverse negative relationship dynamics. This meticulously researched but easy-to-follow work is pragmatic and never preachy, and although it’s aimed at those in long-term relationships, its advice will likely be effective for those who are currently in the dating world or simply looking to improve communication in platonic or familial relationships. The broad relevance of Giuffra’s work is due to its focus on self-love, on taking responsibility for emotional outbursts, and on addressing unrealistic expectations of oneself and others. By touching on such topics as attachment styles and birth order, she encourages readers to recognize and challenge limiting beliefs and patterns in their own lives. An informative and useful guide to approaching emotional interactions in new ways.

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Online Book Club

Published November, 7th 2021

2 X 2 on the Ark: Five Secrets of a Great Relationship is a relationship guidebook written by Mary J. Giuffra, Ph.D. It has five sections, each dedicated to one of the secrets. The sections are further divided into chapters explaining those secrets in fine detail. This book has been written to help readers decode ways they can make their love life great and more fulfilling. It stems from the author’s many years of experience of studying, researching, and working with couples on how to better their relationships. It takes us through an eye-opening journey of how to discover love and make it blossom. It is a love map that enables people in a relationship to navigate the tumultuous journey of love. It offers several apt, resourceful suggestions based on the author’s many years of experience. l learned a lot and greatly enjoyed reading it.

All in all, I couldn’t find anything to dislike about this book. I believe it was professionally edited since I found only a few minor errors, most of which were to do with missing full stops. I am, therefore, glad to award 2 X 2 on the Ark: Five Secrets of a Great Relationship by Mary J. Giuffra, Ph.D. four out of four stars. This interesting, informative book deserves each of the four stars I’ve given it, and I had no reason to rate it any lower.

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