Monday, January 31, 2011
What's He Really Thinking? by Paula Rinehart
Paula Rinehart aims to help women understand how to relate to men. She breaks the book into 2 categories: "Understanding the man you love" and "Loving the man you understand." She discussed what men do, how they change, the respect they need and conflict. The goal was for women to become a "relational genius" with the men in their life.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. After reading it, I have not come away with anything that I will use or think through. I never felt like the chapters accomplished the purpose, they just stated information and shared stories that were supposed to make us laugh and agree wholeheartedly. The practical advice given was, in my opinion, not godly; and her use of Bible verses was only to prove her point and therefore seemed out of context. Her assertions such as, "In a man's life, the driving force in her personal and spiritual development is his sexuality. It's the way God designed him." are not cited, nor do I find in the Bible, and therefore she is making these ludicrous statements to sell a book that women will read and try more schemes to have a happy marriage instead of working on their own spiritual growth and praying for their husbands.
Mainly, I felt like she assumed her audience believes men are dumb and only useful when it comes to sex, and suggested women are here to run the relationship through manipulation and coddling.
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