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Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  183 ratings  ·  30 reviews
It's no secret that men and women are different. And it's no secret that they don't always get along because of these differences, even when they love each other. But having a successful marriage is not about finding the perfect person to marry. It's about loving someone in an unselfish, Christlike manner. Whatever we want out of marriage--unconditional love, forgiveness, ...more
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Published January 25th 2010 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2010)
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This book is obviously about a man and a woman and how the heck in the world they can have a nice and satisfying marriage. This subject is not about the newest Web technology but about probably the oldest problem in the world since Adam and Eve, so it has been receiving a great amount of attention from thousands of authors. Still Rick Johnson managed to add some new thoughts to this, while keeping the book pretty fun and easy to read.

The book talks about both men and women, and is aimed to help
I really enjoyed this one. It's written from a Christian perspective; half of the book is aimed at explaining men to their wives, and half at explaining women to their husbands so we can cherish one another better. I learned a lot! I do think the half of the book explaining men is the stronger half--a couple of the women's chapters were a bit thin. :-) No surprise, since the author is a man who confesses to being flummoxed by women often enough. I guess I give him credit for a credible effort de ...more
Kelly (TheWellReadRedhead)
I went into this book very optimistic. I read one of Dr. Laura's marriage books a few years back and really disliked it, so I was hoping this one would be different.

It was different, but not in the way I hoped. First of all, I won this book through Goodreads, but I don't exactly fit the profile of the type of person that this book was written for (which I didn't know when I entered the drawing). I'm a liberal, feminist, atheistic female who dislikes shopping and will probably never stay at home
I enjoyed this book by Rick Johnson. This was my first book that I have read by him and he put humor throughout the book which could have been a boring book about marriage. Though, I wish that he had more insight on the women but I did understand why he did not as he is a male. Though, reading the guys part of the book really helped me have more insight on my husband. I wish then he would have had a section about marriage all together. Also how to work it all together and have a good marriage. A ...more
Neil Geisel
Reading a good book like this is great for the soul and it's content is making an impact in my marriage. How much better is it that my wife also read it?! This is a great marriage book for him and her. It is written by male author Rick Johnson, and after discussing it with my wife, we both agree it is spot on in much of the material. However, when he talks about some men being exceptions to the rule, some ways for us are on the exception route rather than whats stereotypically normal. It is my b ...more
This book did enlighten me about knowing who is a man. xixixi..
It tells reader 7 things we should know as a woman about who a man is.
and 7 things man should know about woman.
It will helps reader to become a good spouse's better half.
Kristen MacGregor
I read the first half in the early part of the year, but just finished the second half meant more for husbands to read this last weekend. Nothing really new to the self help genre, but that doesn't mean it's a worthless read. However, I personally could have done without all the talk of spirituality and God. I'd rather hear more about relationships in a book about relationships (some might say that it's a necessary component, but obviously not all feel that way... so, if you are like me, try to ...more
Such an amazing book! Thanks Uncle Rick! :)
Lucille Zimmerman
I just finished reading Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half: Why Differences Make a Marriage Great.

Rick spends seven chapters describing how man think and why they behave the way they do. Then he spends seven chapters talking about women and their unique thoughts and behaviors.

I'm a counselor and I've been married for 26 years, so much of this book confirmed what I knew. However, there were parts that were new and interesting. Mostly what I loved about the book was Rick's lighthearted writing and
Barbara M
This was an enjoyable and informative book. It is written by a married pastor with children. He seems to have excellent insights regarding some of the basic differences between men and women and the way they communicate. At times, the book really had me laughing!

The book has a section which discusses what men need from their wives & another section outlining what wives need from their husbands. Most of his suggestions for a happy marriage boil down to good communication and looking out for
Yellow Rose
The strengths of this book include Amazing insight into the man's mind, what the man needs and wants. The book lacks depth overall, however it is only 215 pages. It is written by a pastor and it does have occasional quotation of scripture and bible stories. However, even if you are not Christian (as I am) you can overlook this, because the topic in itself is fascinating and interesting to read about. Another point where the author lacked depth was on the subject of women. I think if his wife had ...more
This book is definitely worth reading. I like the authors voice and facts on how to understand men and women in marriages. He's funny. My husband really enjoyed hue book and would often read ahead of me and I'd have to catch up. It really helped me understand the male mind and how Christian men still are affected by things the same as unbelieving men. It really helped our marriage and understanding and getting to know my husband better. Our marriage is the best that it has every been in almost 5 ...more
Good stuff

This was a good book and an enjoyable read. A lot of what he said resonated with me. My husband and I will use this knowledge to deepen our relationship.
There were several points in this book with which I didn't agree; however, I thought it was a great informational book about the differences between men and women. The seven chapters that spoke to women about the different "modes" of men really were food for thought. I read several parts aloud to Josh, and he was in complete agreement. One part really spoke to me about an issue I've personally been struggling with-the author stated that men take pride in their work while we take pride in being m ...more
Linda Trionfo
Good book over all, He talks to women in the first half explaning why men do the things they do and to women in the 2nd half. I read the whole thing and thought in general he was correct on most fronts. Every women and man is different so you pick and choose what would help your marriage. It made me see why Kenny needs food all the time and how he views it. It helped me understand men and the whole sex thing, why they need it and that they also feel loved from it, not just a physical fulfillment ...more
Easy read. Light read for 'normal' marriages that could just use a little tune-up.
Begitu banyak perbedaan antara Pria & Wanita yang seringkali membuat hubungan mereka bermasalah.
Buku ini mengupas dengan sangat detail perbedaan2 tersebut dan memberikan solusi2 yang menarik dalam mengahadapinya.
Saya sendiri akhirnya menyadari hal tersebut & berusaha semaksimal mungkin untuk lebih memahami kekasih saya. Tidak hanya kekasih, tetapi juga memahami saudara laki2 saya di rumah.
Buku ini sangat direkomendasikan untuk pasangan yang akan menikah maupun juga yang sudah menikah.
Very good book. I have read several books on marriage but I like the way this one is formatted -- one section for women to read about their husband's needs, wants, and what you as his wife can better understand and be supportive. This same information is given for husbands to better support and provide what their wives need. It is recommended that a couple read the book together-which I agree would be effective. This might also be a good book for a married couple class for newly-weds and for mar ...more
It was good. Basic information that we already pretty much know (or I at least hope majority of married know). BUT... sometimes it helps to re-educate yourself, take a step back, and "oh yeah... that would be nicer of me to do" etc. It was such a quick and easy read that why would you not put in the effort to revamp yourself in the llllove department?
Lindsey Meyer
Nov 06, 2012 Lindsey Meyer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
If you're married, read this book. If you're in a relationship, read this book. If you want to be in a relationship and have it work, read this book.

Why men are men and why women are women and why that is perfectly all right. Understand your spouse/significant other/opposite sex.

Understand yourself.

This book will help with it all!
I read this entire book in 2 days. It was pretty informative as far as the different thought processes between women and men. I had a few of those "Ah ha" moments that will change the way I behave in my marriage.

I will edit this review in a few months to review the changes in my marriage.
Mellie B
Dec 12, 2013 Mellie B marked it as abandoned-books  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciated his insights as a man into men's thought patterns and emotions,when I got to part 2 of the book I just had a hard time reading what a man thought women's thought patterns and emotions were all about. I might pick it back up later.
Natasha B
I give it 3.5 stars! A good, lighthearted book on marriage. Learned a lot about the men's side and can see how the book would be useful for couples to read together. Agreed with a lot of the women's side, too. Nice easy read!
Lexi Muhlenbeck
This is a great book for a husband and wife to read together. Reading this book will help you better understand your spouse and allow you to love the differences that are male and female.
This book was worth reading and gave me some things to think about and discuss with my spouse. Sometimes the stereotyping and humor got on my nerves.
Excellent book with fresh information.. I put a longer review on Amazone but of all the marriage & relationship books I have read this is one of the best.
Easy to pick up and read what you're interested in. Vulnerable stories hit home. Learned more about myself than my husband.
good book.....great tips...for men and women. all boils down to caring about the other one and communication between you.....
I hated this book. The author seemed to think that all women are emotional basket cases.
Shellie G
I found some helpful ideas. Glad I took the time to read
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