- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468104721
- ISBN-13: 978-1468104721
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Cat Won't Bark! (A Relationship Epiphany) Paperback – May 23, 2012
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Darné—a veteran of many long-term relationships and “dating advice examiner” for Examiner.com—distills the wisdom he has gained over the years into this handy and entertaining collection of advice, tips, and maxims. His central thesis is that most relationships break up because people choose the wrong partner.
At the beginning of many relationships, people fail to be deliberate about what they want from a partner, and later find themselves frustrated. Darné reminds readers about the importance of being honest and asserts that communication isn’t a goal if it doesn’t lead to change.
While a great deal of Darné’s advice can be distilled to trite maxims, he raises useful points that challenge conventional self-help texts, particularly in sections addressing when one should consider leaving a partner (as soon as one realizes one’s needs won’t be met) and the importance of ending and beginning relationships well. -- Reviewed on: 12/24/2012
"Life's journey is a complex one, with many questions, and often not many answers to go with them. "My Cat Won't Bark! (A Relationship Epiphany)" is a memoir from Kevin Darne as he shares the myths of life and shares what he has brought from them in his pursuits of better life. With a touch of humor and plenty to consider as we try to see through the myths the world has put on us. "My Cat Won't Bark!" is an insightful and much recommended pick, not to be overlooked." -The Midwest Book Review
"My Cat Won’t Bark!" is an interesting book with a charmingly whimsical title. Kevin Darné points out the futility of trying to improve our own lives by ‘improving’ others. His take, well presented, is to spend the effort instead on looking inward and discovering what it is that we really want before we start looking. The book is smoothly written and interesting and while it seems to apply more to people before or between relationships, there are insights that apply to those who are married and have been for years. - Terri Tumlin, Readers Favorite
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This book is about relationships in life, dating, marriage and more. The ones that strike me the most are the dating / engaged, and marriage. With the divorce rate what it is today, people need all the help they can get BEFORE they commit their lives to the one person. They also need enlightenment into what to expect, and how to keep the romance and love going for years and years. I think this book does all this.
I do recommend this book to all, teens, engaged couples, and married couples, be they newly married or married for awhile.
What I ESPECIALLY recommend this book for is the 'just got engaged' person, or the just got married person if you were not so lucky to gift it to them before they tied the knot. We are not taught how to work to keep and / or improve our relationships anymore. It is more of a 'if I don't like it we can break up' kind of world. With this book as a gift, maybe we can stop that.
In an age where everything is easily handed to us (think TV remote, microwave popcorn, audio books) we tend to expect to have t do little work to achieve exactly the desired effect we are looking for. The author of this book gives us all a chance to self evaluate and decide what is right for us before jumping into something and expecting it to magically work out for the best.
I found the humor the author used to be both appropriate for the theme of this book and to lighten the mood enough that it made this a really fun book to read. Even if you are settled into a relationship, you might want to take a couple hours and read this book. I did and I came away with a new understanding of some things I hadn't considered, and also had fun while I was at it. Great book!
However, there were a number of places in the book where the author's editor was remiss in his/her duties. Many times the word "where" was used when the correct word was "when". There were also several instances of subject/verb disagreement.
Still I am glad I read the book and appreciated the author's summary of main points at the end of the book. I would have highlighted much less in my Kindle version if I had realized there was a summary at the end.
He said that staying put in a bad relationship is like saying "This is the best I can do." In other words (mine), it's like settling when you know you deserve better. The other one is to ask for what you want from your partner and then make a decision: "If it's a deal breaker, get out. If not, learn to live without." Well-said and easy to remember. And a third (bonus): If you ask your partner for something multiple times and you s/he won't give it, either they don't have it in them to give, or they don't think you're worth the effort. Do you see why loved this book? Since I had the Kindle version, I couldn't reference or highlight a page, but I took lots of notes and those 3 gems were priceless to me.