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8. June 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

Beautiful Ukrainian bride, CherryLady35

While plenty of information can be found on the internet, there are still bibliophiles among us who appreciate a good paperback. Some may scoff at self-help books, but many others find them fascinating.


If you're about to embark on any type of life changing journey, seeking out experienced advice will help you prepare and know what to expect. Here are 5 books about intercultural relationships and marriage which have received rave reviews.


Your Intercultural Marriage: A Guide to a Healthy, Happy Relationship

Author Marla Alupoaicei serves as the director for an intercultural marriage support ministry in Texas. She met her husband Catalin while on a missons trip to Romania. This book helps couples sort through such issues as food, finances, family, and such “hidden” problems as different understandings of what it means to be “on time.”


How to Survive an International Marriage

Written by Oksana Kornienko Leslie, a Russian woman married to an American man, this autobiography shares the challenges and rewards of being a foreign spouse in the U.S. From the legal aspects of immigration to adapting to the new culture and lifestyle, her stories are intimate, funny, and informative.


Wedded Strangers: The Challenges of Russian-American Marriages

Author Lynn Visson interviewed nearly 100 Russian-American couples to uncover a variety of real relationship stories. It’s not geared toward the Russian bride industry, but rather delves into historic Soviet relationships, human nature, and gives readers insight into the Russian soul.


Intercultural Marriage: Promises & Pitfalls

Author Dugan Romano, a cross-cultural trainer and counselor for 15 years, shares his personal experiences in this book and many consider it a must read for anyone new to multicultural relationships. He tackles topics like raising bicultural children, religion, values, male vs. female roles, sex, social class, legal considerations and more.


In Love But Worlds Apart: Insights, Questions, and Tips for the Intercultural Couple

Written by Grete Shelling and Janet Fraser-Smith, both married to spouses from different cultures, this self-help workbook uses the metaphor of two artists who commit to producing a lifetime project together, using their differing skills, communication styles, colors, craft paint, tools, and canvas. Questions to think and talk about are included.