(Nonfiction – Men's Gender Studies, Social Science)
This is a new one.
He has some good advice on communication (listening as well as speaking), journalling, mutual respect, both intimacy and Man Cave time. There isn't a lot that is new, here, but it is all good advice.
Gray, and co-author Arjuna Ardagh, give guidance on changing spousal roles. It's been a long time since men have been sole breadwinners, however. I think of my client, a farm wife for most of her adult life, with 7 children. She has lived in the same farm house for 72 years. For her, life did not change much.
|I do outdoor chores, and cook.|
Hubby does kitchen clean-up and errands!
That is our division of labour,
as he has a bad back.
I'm just not sure that the target audience, the workaholic, strong, silent man, will actually read this book. It might be helpful for couples in counseling, but women have to treat men how to treat them. In some families it is a team approach, and in others it is very stereotypical.
There are many fewer men who are workaholics, in lieu of hanging out with their kids. There are stay-at-home dads, as well. I reviewed an autobiography by one! That said, this book does examine archaic male attitudes towards women and housework, and shed light for those living in the dark! I think of hubby's comment, "I don't think smart men drive pick-up trucks." There are many men who are happy being neanderthals!
Author John Gray is the leading relationship expert in the world. His relationship and health books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 different languages. His new book, Conscious Men guides a man to look within and discover his purpose and mission; to be in touch with his feelings but not ruled by his feelings; to live a life that is in pursuit of his path, while honoring the commitments he made during that pursuit. This book is a practical road-map to support every man to discover and live his unique calling.