Tuesday, November 1, 2011

For Men Only by Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn

While it is not especially long (190 pages including all endnotes), the Feldhahn’s little guide for men is insightful and thought provoking. From the moment you open the book and find a small “quick start” guide in the front of the book for men who don’t want to read the whole thing, but only get the meat of it, you get the feeling that you are reading something written by a couple who has grasped in some way the nature of the husband/wife relationship. The book has a fairly simple premise and goal: rather than being a comprehensive marriage manual, it takes a slightly different tack. The authors conducted a national survey of women and from that took common threads and themes and built a profile, or better terminology might be a picture, of a woman’s mind. They spend the chapters of the book fleshing out that picture by identifying a man’s general perception about what his wife is saying, and then explaining what she is actually trying to communicate. The chapters are easy to read, and the research is strong. The downsides are that because the book is based on a survey, there is very little textual support for any of the premises that are established. That being said, if you understand the limitation of the scope of the book, then it is an excellent little volume for the bookshelf of anyone who is married or heading in that direction! I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. I received a free copy of this book from the blogging for books program in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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