Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis is well known for her Torah outreach, her lectures, and her popular newspaper column. She is also the author of "The Committed Life," in which she wrote about the spiritual rewards of living according to the laws of the Torah. In her latest book, "The Committed Marriage," Rebbetizin Jungreis convincingly shows that a man and woman whose marriage is faltering may be able to revitalize their relationship by learning from the wisdom of the Torah.
Jungreis wisely avoids lecturing the reader. She presents many pertinent and interesting anecdotes, which demonstrate the importance of treating your partner with respect, communicating with him or her effectively, and persevering when the going gets tough. The reason that Jungreis's words do not come across as didactic and condescending is that she infuses her advice with love, compassion, and deep psychological understanding. Jungreis's beautiful writing style flows smoothly and effortlessly. Her warmth and concern shine through and embrace the reader. The book is enhanced by Rebbetzin Jungreis's frequent and personal allusions to the words and actions of her late father and husband, since these two spiritual giants exemplified the purest Torah values.
Cynics may dismiss the ideas brought forth in "The Committed Marriage" as simple common sense. However, in our self-centered society, too many people hide behind their busy schedules; they neglect the most important relationships in their lives, until they realize that it is too late to turn back. It is unfortunate, but true, that common sense is increasingly uncommon.
I recommend "The Committed Marriage" for those who want to have a more meaningful, harmonious, and joyous marriage.