How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk: The Foolproof Way to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind
by John Van Epp
. It's happened to everyone: you meet someone and fall madly in love and all good judgment and perspective are thrown out the window--until slowly you realize this person isn't who you thought he or she was. But follow the steps in "How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk"--a proven program used by thousands of singles worldwide--and break the destructive dating patterns that have pr...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published August 28th 2006 by McGraw-Hill Companies
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This is a very informative book based on lots of research that gives many real-life examples of relationship red flags and problems. However, I deducted one star just because it is so long. It requires some work on the part of the reader to go through this book, highlight, make notes, and figure out exactly how to go about putting this information to good use. I personally wouldn't describe this as a "how to" manual. It's more of a summary of lots of academic research regarding what works best w...more
A ok self help book. This author goes around the country talking about how to not marry a jerk. Each chapter has questions to discuss with your significant other and yourself. I think the most interesting thing is that, he says not to move in with your boyfriend/girlfriend until you are almost married. Only 13% of people living together last after marriage. It is worse than the average divorce rate! Slow and you will be bugging your significant other...a lot!
Very, VERY useful book. I wish i'd read it 5 years ago. Practical information about what to look for, what WON'T change, what you SHOULD change, and how to break some of the patterns you have. Basically the predictor of your future relationships is your past ones, and the only thing they have in common is...you. Depressing thought! Lots of food for thought. I'm hoping i'll do something different in my next relationship!! :-D
This book should be required reading for anyone who anticipates getting hitched and popping out some kids! Seriously though, Van Epp discloses the "secrets" to developing, maintaining, and sustaining successful intimate relationships using a program he developed over many years of research and trials. I was amazed. This is more than a self help book or an instructional text for "dummies"; it is truly a guide.
I'm not finished reading it, but it is a really well written book. It was recommended to me by my psychologist. It is based on a lot of research, and I appreciate that. There are a lot of things you have to look for when picking who you are going to marry, it is sort of daunting. I'm glad I picked this book up, so at least I have some where to begin.
I agree, this book should be required reading for singles. Whether you are currently in a relationship or not, the author has some amazing insights to offer on evaluating both yourself and a future husband/wife. Very well researched and supported with real life examples.