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Keys to the Kingdom Paperback – October, 2003
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BJ Gallagher, author of Everything I need to know I learned from Other Women says, "The principals woven throughout Keys to the Kingdom have the power to transform your relationships with men - ALL men! Read, reflect, reframe...and be prepared for miracles with men."
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Written entirely from a woman's perspective, this book uses a model describing the phases that every man naturally goes through in his life, and also describes the motivation for these phases. By "not" taking a perfectly good Prince and turning him into a Frog, it helps women to understand men better, as the perhaps strange but ultimately loving creatures they are based on each life phase a man must pass through. It also gives the male reader a way to understand more about himself and the phase of life he is currently in.
But it does not stop there. It also explains by example of the storyline how men tend to think differently than women about things. For women, it is invaluable to know as a tool to understanding relations with men, and for men it is a positive affirmation for the tendencies that come so naturally.
Let me tell you about my favorite example in the book. To me as a man, it was perfectly clear and obvious. It made me wonder why anyone would need to learn it, until I realized some basic differences between men and women. For example, when you ask a man a question, there may be pauses and silences before the true answer comes out. This is only because he is not finished processing the answer to completion. From several books I've read, women's brains are "generally" more efficient in emotional and linguistic processing than men's brains are.Read more ›
Alison Armstrong's "Keys to the Kingdom" is part of a new movement: a laudable attempt to swing the pendulum back the other way, toward a happy middle ground.
How does the twenty-first century American woman live in peace with her husband? By accepting three things that many of our foremothers realized almost instinctively: 1) men and women develop in ways that are fundamentally different from each other, 2) stemming from those differences, men and women have different expectations from each other, and 3) neither is happy living life with each other unless those expectations are met to a reasonable degree.
In her novel, Armstrong ably demonstrates these facts of life. Her protagonist, Karen, has been married to Mike for several years but is becoming distressed by the lack of ability to communicate between the two. An older woman, Claudia, comes into her life and helps her to understand the "secrets" about men; those that have been handed down matrilineally in Claudia's family. Claudia teaches Karen that her husband's needs are just as important as her own, that they change as a man ages.
The most enlightening part of the novel (for me) had Claudia explaining to Karen of the stages of develop for men.Read more ›
I fully recommend this book to anybody tring to understand how most men think.
I would have much preferred that she simply present the information she's compiled in a straightforward, non-fiction format. As it is, if I'm going to really make use of the message she's trying to convey, I'll need to go back through the book and create my own outline, or highlight the actual "meat" of the text.
My other problem with the book is that because her viewpoint is purely secular, she neglects the spiritual aspect of men's life stages. It seems to me that it would have been possible to address this without having to go into sectarian particulars. By not addressing it at all, she's left a large hole in the work.
You do have to work for it, but there's good content in here that certainly fits what I've observed about men I know. If women are open-minded enough to hear Armstrong's message, I think it can help us relate better to the men in our lives.
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I wish I had read this as a teenager and every year since. It would have helped me be a better partner to the amazing men in my life.Published 1 day ago by C. Gibson
Highly recommend this book. Read it twice. So worth understanding men and their stages. Written in an enchanting novel. So worth reading as it helps us relate better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Soul Source/ Karen La Puma Consignment
I love the stages that are described. I see all the men in my life, my ex husband, my boyfriend, my father, grandfather and son. I can't wait to read the next one!Published 1 month ago by Carol Graham
The book was very good. Offers insight into understanding me better in easy recognizable examples.Published 1 month ago by FL
Wonderful engaging story illustrates the differences in male and female thought processes. Focuses on the stages of male development and how individual men may experience them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible, I have been reading and applying it to my kids who are boys and to my hubby, and I also discuss it with him... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vassia Sarri
Gave me a whole new understanding and approach to the male population.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Seriously. I have it in audible as well as kindle versions. That way I didn't have to stop "reading" when I was driving! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra A. Keller