This is my first review for BookSneeze--they send free books, and I agree to review them! Looking forward to getting into the swing of this, although it took me a LONG time to review this one.
At first I was a little disappointed with this book. I had thought I was getting the big, full-length, and in my mind almost CLASSIC, book Love and Respect, I wanted to read it because I have heard great things about it, I buy it and give it away in Chinese..thought I should check out the original. But alas, this is the table-top edition. I was a little disappointed.
However, on reading this book, I was quite impressed. It is the gift edition, with some pages containing only one big quote, but there are pages with more content too--six chapters and an introduction to boot. I suspect that for many that may never get reading the full-length book, this one would be great for succinct content, covering the main points of what I suspect the full length book is about. "A women needs love like she needs air to breath. A man needs respect like he needs air to breath." (p. 5). Yes, women, men need love too, but for them it is spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T. In the space of this short little book, some specific differences are pointed out--what that "love" really looks like for a woman, what "respect" really looks like for a man, and deals with reasons we don't want to give him the respect he needs or the love she wants. This little book packs a punch. I think I know marriages that would be improved simply by the
individuals involved reading this book, talking about it, listening to
each other, and deliberately putting it into practise.
Downsides: I did think the "pink" wife and "blue" husband was kind of corny (probably in the big book too). Sometimes statements come rather abruptly and out of context. More background may help to understand better.
And my personal take away (gee, some of this is basic kind and caring communication stuff--not just for marriage!). Good reminders about things I have been told before that I need to watch--the expressions on my face--the reactions. I wonder how many times my tone of voice or stern expression makes it hard for others to hear--they may not feel loved or respected. And I think, it can make it especially hard for male staff members. I'll keep working on this.
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