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3 Stars Out Of 5
Not what I expected
January 31, 2014
Okay, first of all I do think this is a very good book. My problem is that I have 2 other marriage books by this author and a lot of what he says in this book is just recycled, so I feel like I just paid for something I had already bought before. I was hoping for more of a focus on communication, but instead found a lot of this book was again about the differences between men & women.
I don't like to give a low rating for what is a very informative & good book, but just want to say if you have other marriage books by this author then you really don't need this one as well.
Author and speaker Rick Johnson's book "How to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen" helps demystify husband-wife communication. In fact, his purpose in writing is to help women learn how to use their power of influence to help their husbands become the men they were created to be (p. 20). He wants to help wives become "husband whisperers."
He says, "As a woman you can build up a man or tear him down merely by the level of respect you give to him and the amount of faith you have in him. Your tongue wields greater power than any double-edged sword" (p. 18).
In the book Johnson addresses such topics as authentic masculinity, character traits of a good man, traits that hold a man back, differences in how men and women communicate, keys to successful communication, and powerful tools for influencing a man.
Wives, this book is guaranteed to help you better understand your man as you take a look at how men think and process information and how they communicate. You'll also find lots of practical tips you can put into practice immediately. Probably the most helpful chapter is chapter five, which highlights communication differences between men and women, but also outlines ten keys to successful communication with a man. More than anything, you'll learn to appreciate your man for being a man and not just another of your girlfriends.
Sprinkled throughout the book you'll find gray boxes with additional information or humorous anecdotes. There's "One Woman's Description of a Good Man," "Communication Needs of Men and Women," "Differences between Men and Women," "Why Men and Women Aren't Always on the Same Page," "Words That Supercharge Your Man," and others. Along the same lines, I appreciated the author's sense of humor.
If you're a wife trying to better understand your man or talk so your man will listen, this book will get you started in the right direction. Because we're so different, it may take practice, but I think the strategies Johnson presents are sure-fire ways to improve communication in any marriage. I highly recommend this book.
<em>Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed in the review are my own.</em>