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Twelve Gifts in Marriage
by Charles Costanzo
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The book is intended 'For all couples for all time.' It includes a tale of counsel given by elders to a newly married pair, illustrated in soft watercolors, and pithy, wise advice accompanied by photographs of happy couples.

In the story, an older married couple advises the younger duo to use their gifts - 'Strength, Beauty, Courage, Compassion, Hope, Joy, Talent, Imagination, Reverence, Wisdom, Love, and Faith' - to nurture their love. In the advice, I especially appreciated 'May you make time each day for moments of play', 'May you show that you care when you come and you go' and 'Again and again, may you renew your dreams.'

This lovely little book ends with a quote from Kahlil Gibran, 'Let the winds of the heavens dance between you.' If you know someone who plans to get married, or who has a special anniversary in 2005, The Twelve Gifts in Marriage would make a very welcome gift.

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