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Put the Seat Down and Other Brilliant Insights for an Awesome First Year of Marriage Paperback – October 1, 2010

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About the Author

Jess MacCallum is the president and part owner of a commercial printing company in Columbia, South Carolina. For over twenty-nine years, he has been engaged in various ministries in the church including men's discipleship, prison Bible studies, small groups, and marriage counseling. Jess pursued his future fabulous wife, Anne, for nine years until she finally caved in and married him. Twenty years later, they have a really cool son, two beautiful daughters, and all sorts of practical marriage experience to share.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Standard Publishing; First Edition, First edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0784774625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0784774625
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jess MacCallum writes to avoid watching television. It also makes him feel like someone is listening... sort of. He has a long history with words having used them since he was 2 years old.

After wasting his college experience obtaining an art degree, Jess moved into the world of commercial printing, helping grow a wonderful company that he now leads as president thanks to a potion he tricked his two partners into drinking. As an outlet for his constant need for attention, he writes everything down, and publishes what sells. His remaining ponderings are given freely to unsuspecting bloggers desperate to fill their endless days. Consideration of these collected works might, God willing, explain his midlife behavior to his children once he is gone.

Jess' hobbies include pleasing God, creating an adventure for his family and seeing people find true life. To see some of his highly overrated cartoons, visit

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. Tubbs on December 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I wish this book had been written twelve years ago when I was married at the tender age of twenty.

The book's format is quite straightforward. It comprises ten brief chapters on eminently practical relationship issues, from romance and sex to décor and in-laws, plus everything in between. Each chapter ends with an installment of "The Smart Guy's Guide to Being Awesome." Sounds empowering, doesn't it? Well, reader beware: in some cases be ready for a sock in the gut. The two most convicting chapters for this reviewer were the chapter on money and the chapter about the importance of showing my wife masculine, biblical consideration.

The final chapter is a brief but punchy call for the husband to lead, protect, and accept help from his wife. Chivalry is far from dead, if Jess MacCallum has anything to say about it. Not merely a door-opening, eyes-always-fixed-on-her, coats-over-mud-puddles type of chivalry (although these are noble things to do) but a chivalry that protects her life and reputation and feelings at the expense of your own.

This is a book written for men, but I can envision women benefitting from it as well. For those men who might feel that MacCallum has at times let the cat out of the bag and betrayed us, such as the page-long "explanation of two halves of a man's brain" - a section that is far from complimentary, let me tell you, but entirely warranted - I would pass along MacCallum's counsel from a different context, but which remains apt and applicable here: "Get over yourself." The better your wife/fiancée understands you, the better she can help you be a better husband/man.

This book is an all-around "strong dose of reality" (to borrow another of the author's phrases) for males who aspire to biblical manhood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buyin Guy on January 21, 2014
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Forget wine, roses, cards, and all the 'fluff' you *THINK* she loves. Seriously. This book is worth 10x the price tag - it's the book you should've been given by your best man.

This is the Marriage Guide for Dummies. The Idiot's Manual on Relationships. The Starter Kit for Neanderthals with a Woman.

Most marriage books start off with deep fuzzies, or dive into impossible-to-understand words about feelings and unspoken verbal cues, explaining to us all the nuances of.............never mind. They suck. They're written by counselors. for counselors, who enjoy that kinda stuff. And they're written to be sold.

This is not one of those books.

This is the Idiot's Guide. This is WHERE. You. Freaking. Start.

If you're clueless why you're sleeping on the couch again, or you've snuggled with the dog more than the wife, you need this book. It'll help you dig out of the mess you've managed to create in the first few months (or years) of your marriage relationship. It's the guide for those of us who have no freaking clue how to go from Coolest Boyfriend to AWESOME HUSBAND.

This is the one book ALL the marriage counselors should hand out on the first meeting. Seriously. If you are in those first couple of years of marriage, have been to a counselor, but weren't given a copy of this book, you should cancel your next appointment. Right. freaking. now.

First, buy this book, read it, take 10 weeks to READ and ACTUALLY FOLLOW it. There are 10 chapters. Read them one chapter at a time. Take 3 minutes to read the Smart Guy's Guide to Being Awesome (at the end of each chapter). Practice (yeah, we're men, we're thick, and we're slow... so practice)... I **GUARANTEE** you will learn. a. lot.
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Getting married in March and this book and its companion (Put the Seat Down...) have been very insightful to both my fiancee and me! Its content is Biblically-sound but not stodgy-religious.
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By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2014
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I loved this book! It's so funny but too the point! I can't say how much I enjoyed reading it!
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