AwareNow: Issue 25: The Light Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN & ANA MANN

THE GO-GIVER MARRIAGE

A LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE FIVE SECRETS TO LASTING LOVE “To say love is what makes a marriage work is like saying it takes oxygen to climb a mountain. Yes, oxygen is necessary. But not sufficient.” Clinical therapist and marriage coach Ana Gabriel Mann and her husband, New York Times bestselling author John David Mann, are the authors of The Go-Giver Marriage, a little story about the five secrets to lasting love. ALLIÉ: Let’s start at the beginning. Did you both reach for the same book at the library? Or swipe right on an app? Please share the story of how the two of you met and a bit about your marriage.

JOHN: When we were kids in our twenties, one night we both attended the same party, and we had a Tony and Maria moment, like right out of West Side Story. Our eyes met across a crowded room, and we saw each other. I won't speak for Ana, but for me, I thought, "She's really cute...This person looks fascinating." We never met. I didn't even know her name. We never spoke a word until 20 years later when we both showed up for the same business event and happened to be involved in the same business enterprise. And we ended up as business colleagues and became fast friends. We read all the same books and loved all the same books. And over the years, that friendship turned into something more.

THE GO-GIVER MARRIAGE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY ALLIÉ MERRICK MCGUIRE WITH JOHN & ANA MANN

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