The 5 Core Conversations for Couples

Expert Advice about How to Develop Effective Communication, a Long Term Financial Plan, Cooperative Parenting Strategies, Mutually Satisfying Sex and Work-Life Balance

Non-Fiction - Relationships
216 Pages
Reviewed on 02/02/2020
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Reviewed by K T Bowes for Readers' Favorite

There are a lot of favorite quotes in The 5 Core Conversations for Couples by Julie and David Bulitt and I marked a fair few. I love this one: ‘The concept of making a connection is soaked into our relationship blanket. The word itself is thrown and tossed around—and not just on TV—without much thought about what it means to make a connection, and what it really represents in terms of developing and maintaining a relationship.’ It represents just one of the genuine nuggets of wisdom hidden in this helpful toolbox for couples.

There were lots of sections in the book which struck home for me in my marriage of almost three decades. David and Julie Bulitt do an insightful job of highlighting the trigger points in most relationships and walk through each with painful honesty. They share personal stories and situations which cut very near the bone and I’m not sure I could be so brave. Coming from the perspective of an experienced family therapist and a divorce lawyer, the Bulitts have the market sewn up and yet their advice is strangely familiar. There are so many ‘aha’ moments hidden in the pages of this book, which will quickly become a handbook or instruction manual for living as half of a successful couple.

‘"It didn't take a heart-to-heart chitchat to know how you were feeling. I knew that when I saw my putter bouncing into the neighbor's yard," David points out.’ There were so many points in this book which found me laughing out loud. The situations are so raw and real that it will appeal to anyone looking for self-improvement. It’s the kind of workbook that can be read individually or as a couple and targeted questions at the end of each section force the reader to think about making the necessary changes. The 5 Core Conversations for Couples by Julie and David Bulitt is written as a conversation between a man and wife team and is hugely effective in providing a safe place to learn and grow.

Romuald Dzemo

The 5 Core Conversations for Couples by Julie and David Bulitt is a non-fiction relationship guide that provides tools for couples to build effective communication, establish a long-term financial plan, create winning and collaborative parenting strategies, have a work-life balance and a mutually satisfying sex life. The authors have solid backgrounds that give them the authority to write this book. David is a divorce lawyer who knows from inside knowledge what married people go through while Julie is a family therapist. The authors draw on their personal experiences in raising their family to share the wisdom that will help couples find topics for meaningful conversations, handle the stress and challenges that accompany making difficult decisions, and reach deeper levels of success in marriage and intimacy.

The 5 Core Conversations for Couples by Julie and David Bulitt is one of the best books I have read on relationships — practical and packed with wisdom. The authors explore important topics that address the key challenges many families are facing, including abuse, disability, poverty, estrangement, divorce, and parenting. The book provides answers to some of the questions that readers deal with: how can a couple create the balance that allows them to experience emotional, financial, physical, and psychological growth in their family? The book is written in a popular conversational and easy-to-read style. The 5 Core Conversations for Couples is a beautiful gift that couples need to have at the start of their journey. I could have avoided a lot of stress and the headaches my wife and I experienced had I read this book before our wedding.

K.C. Finn

The 5 Core Conversations for Couples is a work of non-fiction in the relationship/self-help genre which is aimed at adult couples and was written by author duo Julie and David Bulitt. The book is written to serve as a guide for couples who intend to build a strong and healthy relationship by having honest and difficult conversations at an early stage. Focusing on communication between partners, the book gives insight from its highly qualified authors on how to navigate the hurdles that couples must jump together to keep their relationship fulfilling and rewarding for both partners. What results is a fulfilling read that is sure to inspire confidence for couples tackling their issues head-on.

Author duo Julie and David Bulitt have really hit the target with this series of intense but accessible hot topics that can serve as the strong foundations of any relationship as it moves towards a serious future. One of the most endearing things about this guide is the level of personality and personal experience which the authorial couple has put into their delivery and development of the text, as their own professional and personal lives are offered up with honesty and the wisdom of hindsight. This makes for a strong dual narrative that speaks of hard work, passion, and honesty, and it makes some of the more distressing subject matter in the work a lot easier to take on and engage with as a result. Overall, The 5 Core Conversations for Couples is a must-read for any couple who feel they need stability and deeper mutual understanding in their lives.

Christian Sia

The 5 Core Conversations for Couples by Julie and David Bulitt is a book whose purpose is succinctly captured in the subtitle: Expert Advice about How to Develop Effective Communication, a Long Term Financial Plan, Cooperative Parenting Strategies, Mutually Satisfying Sex and Work-Life Balance. This is a book that deals with the kinds of conversations that couples need to have, especially if they want to create a long and strong relationship. The authors observe that “...there isn’t one simple rubric of questions to ask before embarking on a committed relationship. There are general questions you can ask, but each couple needs to also figure out his or particular deal breakers, whether it’s money, sex, kids, or in-laws.” So, how can they ensure that they stay together and weather the storms together? This book offers strong insights and tips on how to lay the foundation for a solid relationship.

This groundbreaking book is written by two people with solid backgrounds and a lot to share. Julie is a licensed Clinical Social worker who doubles as a private therapeutic consultant for family and couples while David is an experienced and reputable divorce lawyer. It is interesting to see how the authors bring their professional and personal experiences into the book, providing practical advice on key and sensitive topics like disability, illness, estrangement, abuse, and a lot more. This book is one that anyone should read before making a long-term commitment to marriage because it contains suitable material for family planning and setting relationship goals. The 5 Core Conversations for Couples by Julie and David Bulitt is very informative and engaging, filled with insights and wisdom.