I'm not usually a big fan of the whole "this book will answer all your questions about the opposite sex" premise, butThis book is little, but mighty.
I'm not usually a big fan of the whole "this book will answer all your questions about the opposite sex" premise, but this particular book came highly recommended by a good friend so I put my skepticism aside and gave it a go.
I can't promise it will do the same for you, but I can tell you that Shaunti Feldhahn did a FANTASTIC job of helping me understand my fiancé better. The title promises a revealing peek into the "inner lives" of men and the book does not disappoint.
The chapters discuss things like why men have such a deep desire to be respected, why sex is so important to a healthy marriage and how a man's success in the workplace impacts how competent he feel at home as a husband/father. Most of the ideas presented in the book aren't new (ie: men will likely desire sex more often than their wife will ... REALLY? Who knew?! Haha) but the author backs things up with well-conducted research, provides clear statistical information and, best of all, uses snippets of her conversations with real husbands to illustrate each concept. In doing so, she takes things that many women already "know" about men and helps us actually understand it and make sense of it.
I found this book to be a wonderful asset in our pre-marital communication. Often, I'd read something and turn to my fiancé and ask "is this true?? Do you really feel that way?" Then we'd end up discussing it in detail, even digressing to areas the book hadn't touched on, and he helped me understand how the idea applied to him and our relationship specifically. If you're going to read this book and try to actively apply it to your relationship, then I'd highly recommend discussing its content with your man as you go along. By necessity, the author makes a lot of generalizations and while the information she's presenting likely applies to most men it might not apply to yours. If you take the book's ideas and information as guidelines for conversation starters with your man, not as absolute, definite fact, I think you'll get way more out of it.
Many of the other reviewers here have commented that this book is like a "dumbed down" version of His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley Jr. I haven't read that one yet, so who knows ... my opinion of For Women Only may change once I do. For now, I say this book is an EXCELLENT resource for any woman in a serious relationship. I'll be giving a copy to each and every one of my girlfriends who becomes engaged. :) ...more
I was really disappointed with Elizabeth Berg's take on the nativity story. While I thought she did a great job of depicting Joseph, his doubts and thI was really disappointed with Elizabeth Berg's take on the nativity story. While I thought she did a great job of depicting Joseph, his doubts and the disappointment he felt regarding unmet expectations, the character of Mary fell flat.
Mary's character seemed all over the place - one minute naive, one minute wise beyond her years, one minute she seems prophetic and divine, the next she seems just downright nuts. I found myself unable to relate to her and that's a shame because there was so much potential to bring her character to life and give her a fresh face.
I was also disappointed that there was almost no mention of Mary's emotional & spiritual struggles. Berg does make reference to rumors circulating around the village, but she doesn't go into detail about how that made Mary feel or what other struggles Mary faced. Did she lose friends? Did she ever feel ashamed? Wasn't she scared of being stoned to death? None of these questions are answered.
The writing itself was lovely, and I'll likely read more books by Berg in the future, but I wouldn't recommend this novel. ...more
First things first ... Steinbeck can write, no doubt about that. Of Mice and Men is beautifully written, with vivid descriptions of California ranch cFirst things first ... Steinbeck can write, no doubt about that. Of Mice and Men is beautifully written, with vivid descriptions of California ranch country and great dialogue between characters. Steinbeck is a master at foreshadowing and a sense of impending doom lurks on every page.
That said, the feminist in me was not at all impressed with the way women were portrayed in this book. The only female character doesn't even have a name ... she is referred to only as "Curley's wife", is obviously seen as nothing more than her husband's property and is treated as such by all the other characters. (view spoiler)[ Her horrific death is barely even acknowledged; the primary concern expressed by other characters is how her husband will react and what this means for Lennie. There is no empathy whatsoever; the general consensus being that she had it coming. (hide spoiler)] I'm curious to read more of Steinbeck's work to see if women are always portrayed this way in his stories. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is probably my current all-time favorite fiction book. I absolutely loved the story, the characters, the writing. When I picked up this book, I wThis is probably my current all-time favorite fiction book. I absolutely loved the story, the characters, the writing. When I picked up this book, I was expecting a typical love story ... but by the third chapter, I realized "Ten Thousand Lovers" is so much more than that. It's a story about community, about patriotism (or lack of it), about war, about peace, about making mistakes, about forgiving one another. And, yes, it's also a story about two people who fall in love despite the chaos and turmoil that surrounds them. I found Edeet Ravel's style of writing totally addictive but I have a feeling this book is the kind you either love or hate. Ravel leaves no room for lukewarm impressions. ...more
This is the first graphic novel I've ever read and I LOVED it. A fantastic portrayal of race, shame, cultural differences and learning to love and appThis is the first graphic novel I've ever read and I LOVED it. A fantastic portrayal of race, shame, cultural differences and learning to love and appreciate who you are. I also thought the way Gene Luen Yang weaved together Christianity and Chinese mythology was brilliant. ...more