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The Art of the Compliment, 2nd Edition: A Man's Guide to a Relationship Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Suck Free Publishing; 2 edition (January 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073AROYA
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Born in 1961 into an enlisted Navy family of an eventual five boys, Jonathan grew up on or around military bases, doing all the normal things boys in the 1960's and 1970's did. A writer from an early age, Jonathan has published a guidebook on relationships for men, several volumes of poetry, a book of short stories, has written for numerous websites, is a writing mentor in on-line workshops, and fills his time with work and hobbies.

Jonathan's experience in reading and writing poetry is founded on a love of language and story-telling. In the Suck Free Poetry series, he attempts to demonstrate that style and form need not be absent from modern poetry and that good writing should be the only grade against which poetry is judged. His short stories are a humorous take on the circumstances of life and involve family, marriage, dinner, and random confrontation that have ceased to be a surprise but remain a mystery.

Some people respond to tragedy with drink, drugs, or other destructive behaviour, Jonathan decided humor was a better choice. Because if you cannot laugh at yourself, you'll spend all your time angry that others are.

Jonathan currently lives in the Jacksonville, Florida area with his youngest son, his rescue mutt, and spends his time writing, teaching and training in martial arts, making armor for and participating in SCA heavy combat, making props for and performing with the We Are Street Circus troupe, playing video and other games, but no longer waiting for Sandra Bullock to come to her senses and call him.

Because, apparently, being wiling to treat others with respect and refusing to be treated poorly is an excellent way to meet a compatible person for a romantic relationship.

Who knew?

Jonathan did, it's in his book, The Art of the Compliment, after all

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JJ Givens on April 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I would call this book "crap" but that would be an unfair insult to crap. This book is sub-crap. I'm not even sure that the author intended this sub-crap book to be read as genuine advice. I almost thought that it was intended to mock the pathetic relationship advice it contains but then I read the author's comments to the negative reviews and it is clear this hack isn't kidding.

Still, I almost gave the book two stars because it almost does work as a comedy book. It is not intended comedy, but you can't help but laugh at the hopeless way he looks at relationships. So, I almost gave it two stars. Then I saw that the author had rounded up his pals to phony up some reviews. It seems very odd that, out of the blue, substantial activity for this author's book would happen on April 3, 2012. How does that happen? Five star reviews, comments, etc. So, I deducted a star for phony self-promotion from this author.

The book sucks.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By presto on April 3, 2012
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You know how some books feel like they were written by a commitee? Others like the author and his editor have gone over every word a dozen times to make sure they don't offend anyone?

This book is different. Jonathan has a wonderfuly personal and direct way of writing. You can't read this book without feeling like you are getting to know him personally.

This book isn't macho nor is it touchy-feely. It's the authors personal take on relationships and you can take the parts that make sense to you.

I wish I had this information 30 years ago.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Jane on April 5, 2012
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This book should be given to every boy as a required read when they hit puberty, so they can grow up to be well adjusted men that don't require their significant other to do everything for them. This author is a considerate man that tells it how it should be. If men today did half the things in this book, there would be much less divorce in the world. I found this book to be very enlightening which helped me realize how I should be treated as a woman which is a heck of a lot better than I have been treated in my past relationships. I have even given this book to family and friends and it saved a few relationships and marriages. The negative reviews are nothing but children wanting to be men that don't even read the whole book, that find a need to make a comment on a few pages. They probably sit at home in their parent's basement contemplating their navels because if a woman actually took notice of them they would not have any clue what to do and run scared to their mommy. Especially if they don't do what is said in this book. I wish the author best of luck and look forward to his future writings.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas J. Nelsen on April 3, 2012
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This book is written by a man for men. It gives you basic tools to ensure that your femanine significant knows and feels your appriciation. In todays world, with the lack of strong male role models, the simple guidance of "Men don't hit women" is lacking in many. The approach of notice, appreciate, and pamper her is a simple tennant but one that women (at least my wife) appriciate.

As far as the other reviews alluding to the guidance being sophmoric/imbecilic/overly-macho I say pound sand. I know that in today's world man bashing is chic. I think that a dose of testosterone replacement therapy may be in order for those who view this guidance as sophmoric, imbecilic or overly-macho as they have likely been reading too much Valerie Solanas.

This book, while not a Shakespeare love sonnet, is a guiding set of basic principles for how a man should treat a woman.
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