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Good Husband, Great Marriage: Finding the Good Husband...in the Man You Married Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : March 1, 2007
- File size : 850 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 382 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2007)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000O76NT6
- Best Sellers Rank: #353,320 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Put your pride aside and give it a read. Ladies, give it a read as well and make him read it. Regardless of where you are in your marriage, I highly recommend this book and truly believe it's lessons can bring about change if you take them to heart.
I told my husband I wanted him to read the book, and because it CAN be offputting to men, I included as a bookmark a love letter telling him how much I love him and want him to be happy. I also added post-it notes throughout the book telling him where he does a great job in our relationship and where we need improvement, and I threw in a lot of "I love you" post-its just to remind him that this is not about him being BAD or WRONG. In a lot of ways it is about me being so focused on making him happy that it never occurred to me to demand that he be as committed to my happiness and comfort as I was to his.
I think that is what Alter means when he says, "It's (mostly) his fault." Women tend in general to be good at relationships, at communicating, at being aware of other people's needs and feelings and at giving their loved ones what they need. We read books about relationships and try to change ourselves to be better wives and lovers. In general. Whereas men, in general, tend to feel that they are entitled to whatever comfort or luxury they want at any given moment. My husband, and I love him to bits and think he's wonderful, is happy as long as I am always available to him when he wants me and the rest of the time, he shows no sign of being aware that I am in the same room with him.
It's true, as one reviewer remarked, that there are women out there--and I have met and loathed a number of them--who act like the worst male examples in Alter's book and then some. I did see some suggestions in the book that might help my male friends who are involved with the women in question--even if it is only helping them to see when they need to leave the relationship. And what the heck. They're great guys. They're going to find themselves in another relationship. All the better to have some idea of what a sane, sensible woman wants and expects.
As a women who loves men for all their sweaty, hairy, goofy, sometimes boorish and obtuse behavior as well as their strength and warmth and genius, I would highly recommend this book for all those guys who are scratching their heads and wondering "What the heck is she on about NOW?" Read the book. THen ask her to read the book and tell you what she thinks you do well and what she would like you to do more or better. Then DO what she says she wants you to do for her. I think your relationship will probably improve at least 500%.