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How to Get Your Husband to Listen to You: Understanding How Men Communicate - eBook
Multnomah Books / 2009 / ePub
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Imagine what it would be like to confide in a husband who really listened! Cobb and Grigsby explain the difference between male and female communication; show why wives and husbands often talk past one another; and empower women to quietly rebuild the love and respect in their relationships, resulting in the deep intimacy they crave.
You talk for thirty minutes, telling him every detail of your day. He has three great ideas for how to fix your problems.
"Why cant you just listen to me?" you ask. You pull back, he gives up, and your marriage suffers.
The problem? Hes a man. And you expect a girlfriend.
You could play the blame game. Or dish out the cold treatment. Or find a better way.…
Many women feel their husbands dont listen the way they "should." How to Get Your Husband to Listen to You is not about how to change a mans God-given way of thinking but about how to initiate healthy communication and enjoy the blessing of a husband who wants to listen.
Discover specific ways to:
• Help your husband value what you say and how you say it
• Understand what your husband really wants (and it might not be what you think!)
• Rebuild love and respect in your marriage
• Become a wife whose husband wants her insights
• Strengthen communication in marriage through your communication with God
• Give your husband the desire to listen to your needs, your words, and your heart
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Nancy Cobb and Connie Grigsby are popular speakers and the hosts of a weekly radio program called Lifewalk. They have co-authored three books, including the best-selling How to Get Your Husband to Talk to You. Cobb and Grigsby have been guests on The 700 Club and have made ten appearances on Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey and nine appearances on Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. They live with their families in Omaha, Nebraska.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
She talks for thirty minutes, telling him every detail of her day. He has three great ideas for how to fix her problems. Why cant you just listen to me? she asks. She pulls back, he gives up, and the marriage suffers. The problem? Hes a man. And she expects a girlfriend. She could play the blame game. Or dish out the cold treatment. Or find a better way...
In their new book, How to Get Your Husband to Listen to You: Uncovering How Men Communicate (Multnomah, January 2008), popular authors Nancy Cobb and Connie Grigsby offer practical solutions for wives seeking clear, meaningful communication with their men. Their best-selling book, How to Get Your Husband to Talk to You, has changed the lives of women across America. Now the pair has applied their characteristic blend of biblical principle, personal experiences, and to-the-point illustrations to the other half of the communication equation.
As wives, we often want our men to listen to us the way our mothers, sisters, and girlfriends listen to us. The problem is that while men have no trouble relating to other men, they have a huge problem relating to women because they arent doing what women think they should do, Cobb states.
We may be tempted to ask, Why cant a man be more like a woman? There is a simple answer: men dont want to be more like women, Grigsby adds. Theyre born male, and theyre hard-wired to grow into men. Such behavior would be completely unnatural and foreign to them.
How to Get Your Husband to Listen to You is not about changing a mans God-given way of thinking. Rather, it teaches women how to initiate healthy communication and enjoy the blessing of a husband who wants to listen. Within its pages, readers will discover specific ways to:
Help their husbands value what they say and how they say it
The wealth of useful information is organized into user-friendly sections with titles like Hinting Doesnt Work, Women Way Overthink, Dont Ask if You Dont Want an Answer, and So Hes Not Exactly Prince Charming? As they share moments from their personal marriage experiences, Cobb and Grigsby lovingly encourage women to let go of their notions of how they wish their husbands would act. The rewards that come when a wife pursues a true understanding of her husband are well worth the effort!
This entertaining and insightful book is a must-have for anyone who advises women or couples, both in church ministry or secular counseling practice. The authors astute observations of the hilarious, often problematic, differences between the sexes and their prescription for healing the most broken of relationships will empower any wife who is willing to change.
Cobb and Grigsby have co-authored three books, including the best-selling How to Get Your Husband to Talk to You. Both are popular speakers and the hosts of a local weekly radio program called Lifewalk. They have appeared on The 700 Club and have been repeat guests on Family Life Today and Revive Our Hearts.
Author Bio: Nancy Cobb
Nancy Cobb is a best-selling author, retreat and conference speaker, and frequent radio guest. As the director of womens ministries at Christ Community Church since 1997, she meets monthly with a team of 32 women who are involved in the leadership of womens ministries. Nancy also shepherds numerous groups of womenin her church, in other churches, and in the communitythrough her leadership class. Through her relationships and her written and spoken words, she has helped countless women to grow in faith.
Nancy came to a relationship with Christ in 1981 through the ministry of Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham), who was her teacher and mentor. Seven years later, Anne, who taught a Bible Study Fellowship class of 500 women in Raleigh, NC, providentially chose her to take her place as the teacher of the class. Anne also selected Nancy to be a seminar leader when she began teaching women at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in NC. Nancy continued in these two ministries until she and her husband, Ray, moved to Omaha, in 1992.
One of the major focuses of Nancys ministry has been encouraging and equipping women to live out Gods design for them in marriage. When I became a Christian at the age of 43, I had no idea that God had a job description for wives in His word, Nancy recalls. I kept thinking, If only I could change Ray, that would fix our problems. But after about a month, I realized that I was the one who needed to change. At that time, Ray wasnt a believer, and neither were any of our kids. Without any announcement, I decided to start doing things Gods way. Everyone began to notice. As more time passed, I was amazed at the transformation the Lord accomplished in my marriage and my family.
Nancy has co-authored three books with Connie Grigsby. Their first project, Is There a Moose in Your Marriage?, was a finalist for the ECPA Gold Medallion Award in 2001. This book was renamed, reformatted, and re-released as The Politically Incorrect Wife in 2003. Their second book, How to Get Your Husband to Talk to You, was a finalist for The Books for a Better Life Award and was on the ECPA bestseller list for several months. Their third book, The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Marriage, was released in August 2003. Their newest book, How to Get Your Husband to Listen to You: Uncovering How Men Communicate, will be released in January 2008 by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Nancy and Connie have taught a class on marriage called The Wife Class for ten years which has been attended by hundreds of women. Nancy also mentors women from numerous churches so that they can teach The Wife Class in their own churches. She and Connie have appeared on The 700 Club and have been repeat guests on Family Life Today segments with Dennis Rainey and Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. In addition, Nancy and Connie have a regular program, Lifewalk, every week on KGBI, one of Omahas Christian radio stations.
As the writing of How to Get Your Husband to Listen to You: Uncovering How Men Communicate was drawing to a close, Nancy lost her husband, Ray, to cancer on December 10, 2006. They had been married for 48 years. They have four children and one grandson.
Author Bio: Connie Grigsby
In retrospect, its plain to see that Connie Grigsby was destined to be a writer. As a fifth grader in the tiny town of Elgin, Oklahoma, she was already churning out novels; but in the economy of her farm girl upbringing, practical skills held more value than the written word, so she set her writing abilities on the backburner. While earning her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Oklahoma, she met her husband, Wes, who was studying medicine. The couple married in 1980, and they quickly discovered that being married was more difficult than they had anticipateda topic which eventually fueled her writing career.
Connie worked very hard on her marriage relationship for four long years. Then she gave birth to twin girls and discovered that they loved her much more unconditionally than Wes ever had. Before long, the relationship between Connie and Wes turned cold and distant. The couple plodded along and had a third daughter.
life took a surprising turn the day she made a seemingly inconsequential decision. I was going to go to the pastors wifes class on teens, but decided to attend the wives class, taught by Nancy Cobb, instead, she remembers. I learned all about Gods plan for me in my marriage. A month into the class, I woke up in the middle of the night and prayed, Lord, I dont even know what Im doing, but you do. Will you help me? I determined I had missed so much by living life my own way. I discovered that God wanted an intimate, personal relationship with me on a daily basis. I began to change and, as often happens, my husband began to soften as well. It was like watching 1 Peter 3 come to life before my very eyes.
Connie was finally able to employ her latent writing talents when Nancy Cobb asked her to collaborate on their first book, Is There a Moose in Your Marriage? This book was a finalist for the ECPA Gold Medallion Award in 2001 and was renamed, reformatted, and re-released as The Politically Incorrect Wife in 2003. Their second book, How to Get Your Husband to Talk to You, was a finalist for The Books for a Better Life Award and was on the ECPA bestseller list for several months. Their third book, The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Marriage, was released in August 2003. In addition, Connie authored How to Get Your Teen to Talk to You. The pairs newest book, How to Get Your Husband to Listen to You: Uncovering How Men Communicate, was released in January 2008 by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Random House. Connies stylehumorous, insightful, and unpretentiousreflects her desire to craft user-friendly books that can capture a secular audience with Gods truth.
Nancy and Connie have taught a class on marriage called The Wife Class for 10 years which has been attended by hundreds of women. They have been repeat guests on Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey and Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and have appeared on The 700 Club. In addition, Nancy and Connie have a regular program, Lifewalk, every week on KGBI, one of Omaha, Nebraskas Christian radio stations.
Wes and Connie have three grown daughters and reside in Omaha, where Wes has just been appointed Chief of Staff at Creighton University Medical Center. Connie enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her family and friends, and eating other peoples cooking. She can frequently be found driving the golf cart for Wes, an avid golfer and devoted Starbucks customer.
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