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My Cat Won't Bark! (A Relationship Epiphany) Paperback – May 23, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
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
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
should be read by everyone contemplating getting into a relationshipPublished 2 months ago by Alfonso Messieh
This is a great book - anyone can see themselves in the author's often hilarious anecdotes on dating and relationship mistakes. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Prolific book reader
Nothing bothers me more than reading a book and then out of nowhere the author delves into his political or religious views. This book is no exception. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by William Jackson
A coworker and I are both on a journey of self discovery and share books, sites, blogs, etc. that we think will help the other on her way. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Emma Devine
I loved this book! Although, I didn't agree with all of the viewpoints of the Author, I think he was spot-on with regard to most of his points. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Kilee
and great inside look and you're relationship. I think everyone can benefit from a book like this. Just keep on the bed side table.Published on June 28, 2013 by Belinda Carter
There were many elements of My Cat Won't Bark that resonated with me. There was a great section called Seasons Change that gave a very typical scenario of how relationships begin... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by CBlack
It all seemed to make sense as he explained various relationships and why they weren't working and how to fix it. He made it all seem quite simple.Published on June 10, 2013 by Ruth A. Jenkins
I'm putting this book on my permanent keep list. I can imagine going back to it if I'm ever single.Published on March 29, 2013 by PegFF