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No wonder many men are really angry at Charles J. Orlando, and many women are swooning. He's the antidote to the current trend showing men as post-adolescent narcissist jerks. Charles tells it like he sees it: He's pithy, passionate, and powerful. In his first book: The Problem with Women ... is Men: The Evolution of a Man's Man to a Man of Higher Consciousness he extrapolated from his personal experience as a man, husband and father combined with interviews of men and women to delineate a man's journey from emotional adolescence to the full maturity required to create healthy relationships with women. Then he started a Facebook Page in which he expressed the state of today's love/hate relationship between the genders in brief, witty and in-your-face assertions which created a firestorm of response from both men and women. Those Facebook posts are collected in this volume, and each one is a challenge to think, or re-think what you know about men relating to women. His fans are fervent, his critics inflamed. Read this book, and you'll have a reaction. But, in the meantime, like it or hate it, you'll learn a lot.
My favorite quote: "Passion: When you want someone SO badly. Respect: When you value them and they know it. Love: When you tell and show them daily that you care. Successful relationships combine the all three."
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"Naked at Our Age is a candid, staright-talking book about addressing senior sexuality in all its colors: the challenges, the disappointments, and the surprises, as well as the delights and the love stories." writes Joan in her introduction.
I really like that it takes into account all the changes life, relationshships and sexuality have gone through since today's seniors came of age. To elicit experiences, opinions and questions from seniors, Joan developed a questionnaire. She compiles the first-person sexperiences of her respondants into topics like "The Old Ways Don't Do It Anymore," "Surviving Divorce, Breakups and Betrayal," "Sex with Myself" and "Erectile Dysfunction," and many more. In each section, she compiles quotes from her respondants and balances them with advice from recognized experts. (full disclosure: Dr. Romance is included as an expert.) In addition, each section contains specific problems presented with the prescriptive response of an expert.
If you have questions about sexuality in the senior years, want to compare your experience with others, or are looking for excellent, reliable advice and information, you'll find what you're looking for here.
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From the first sentence (which invokes prehistory) of this intriguing book, I was interested. When the plot developed into a parallel modern story, I was hooked. The writing is deceptively simple, bringing the setting and characters to life without distracting literary pyrotechniques. The story drew me along with pleasure, a great tale by an expert storyteller. I was both enjoying the journey, eager to discover what was around the next bend, while at the same time not wanting it to end. The characters live in two worlds. The prehistoric tribe, including protagonists Muta and Rami, are well-drawn and believable, living in harmony with their surroundings and the spirits. The modern archeologists who are searching for answers about a mysterious cave not only discover the secrets of the tribe, but also find themselves influenced in subtle ways. Within that fascinating scenario, we are treated to not one, but three powerful love stories. When I read a book, I want to care about the main characters, and to see those characters grow and learn from their struggles. I closed the last page of this book completely satisfied. What a great read.
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Dr. Romance writes: Charles' book speaks to a great need in our society. How do men and women learn to treat each other well and live together in harmony? He approaches the question from the male side -- what do men need to learn to make their relationships (and their lives) work? I especially love his chapter 5, "For Women: How to Positively Effect a Man's Evolution Without Losing Your Individuality" because I spend a lot of time in counseling teaching women exactly how to do this.
Charles is insightful, and has hard- won experience from his own life as man, husband and father which he combined with interviews of men and women, and boiled down into the cogent advice in this book.
I frequently recommend it to my clients. This book is a compendium of what men need to learn to make their lives more successful and fulfilling, and women need to understand about men. Bravo, Charles for observing the devolution of men which is a result of our permissive society, and coming up with a road map toward evolution.
Under One Roof Again is such a timely, helpful and upbeat guide for the many parents and children who find themselves living together again. Newman, by interviewing hundreds of subjects, has put her finger on the essential things they need to know. She offers guidelines for attitude changes, the available options in many situations, such as time and money dilemmas, and covers each person's expectations and gives you helpful clues to what your family members may be thinking. A really important aide for families in this situation, guaranteed to help them create a comfortable and mutually happy situation out of dire necessity.
We all have times when we're at a loss for words, and times when only the perfect words will do. But who knows what the perfect words are? Sandra Lamb does. If you've ever sat down to write a note of condolence, congratulations, announce good or bad news, or any other personal or business note and found yourself at a loss for words; this book is for you. The author begins by helping you get organized to write greeting cards, then covers happy occasions like birthdays and congratulatory notes, holiday, religious, social, condolence and all the usual personal note occasions, as you would expect. But then, she increases the value of this special little volume by covering relationship building, business, and even natural disasters. Every section includes the basics of what to cover, suggestions for what to write and even quotes from the wise and famous, with which to enrich your writing. The suggestions are useable even for e-mail and text messages, although the book stresses the importance of a personal note for special occasions and people in your life.
Wherever you write, at home or at the office, your writing equipment should include a copy of this book. You'll find yourself turning to it again and again.
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Dating 101: The Second, Third, or Fourth Time Around by Deanna Frazier
Dr. Romance writes: This little, pithy and right-on book by "Dating Diva" Dee Frazier is like reading zen koans about dating, especially dating later in life. The dynamic Dee practices what she preaches, and understands the realities of looking for a good partner. In a few well-chosen words, she not only encapsulates the more important points of dating, grooming, flirting, sex or no sex, dancing, getting in shape, having fun, and -perhaps most important- getting yourself out there. I'll happily recommend it to my clients along with my Unofficial Guide to Dating Again.
If you are in a committed relationship or have had one in the past, you’ll recognize the questions couples ask in this book. If you’re wondering why you can’t sustain a committed relationship, you’ll find a lot of answers here. As a therapist in private practice for many years, I encounter these very questions on a daily basis – the couples I work with ask them repeatedly. Using her expertise as a columnist, author and counselor, Sherry Amatenstein LCSW invites well-known authors, therapists, coaches and counselors to answer them in this enlightening and informative book. As a result, the reader is treated to a very revealing glimpse into the private space of the counseling office, as well as the different approaches of the experts.
Most couples wait far too long before agreeing to go for counseling together. Sometimes, a judge has to mandate counseling or mediation before a couple will seek help. Because marital problems tend to get more entrenched with time, this delay means the couple's habits and attitudes are more ingrained and harder to change, so counseling takes more time and money. The Complete Marriage Counselor can make an important difference to real couples, by de-mystifying the advice of the experts, and by demonstrating how reasonable and effective that advice can be. Hopefully, anyone reading it to search for answers about their relationship questions will be encouraged to seek counseling, if the answers are not all they need. Sherry includes guidelines for finding counseling at the end of the book.
The advice of the experts quoted here is wise and thoughtful, obviously the result of years of helping struggling couples communicate better, solve problems, create more functional partnerships and increase the love and intimacy between them. Sherry offers her “take” – her astute recap and analysis of the experts’ varied responses to each question; and her “two cents” – her own advice for the particular situation. The sum total gives you, the reader, several points of view from which to assess the situation and a variety of solutions to apply in your own relationship.
In a couple’s counseling session, partners ask about fairness, frustration, sex, intimacy, chores, family dysfunction, betrayal, infidelity, monogamy, privacy, money, parenting, blended families, struggling, time, health, anger, separating and starting over. Sherry covers all those topics and more. Because these are the major issues most couples struggle with, you’ll undoubtedly see snapshots of your own past and present relationships in these pages.
The experts’ suggestions clearly show that simple changes can make a very effective difference to a struggling, confused or concerned couple. The advice here can also be useful to couples who are not struggling but who simply have questions they may not be comfortable sharing with friends and family, or even each other. I also believe it will be a great resource for stimulating conversation between you and your mate. If your mate doesn’t read much, try just reading one (carefully chosen) question aloud from this book. Presto! You’ll have instant conversation.
As you read, you’ll find that this book affords a priceless array of well-known and respected counselors, and reveals that even experts don’t always agree. When they don’t, Sherry is right there to sort out any confusion.
It's also useful to me as a therapist, because I often find that backing up my own counsel with the advice of other experts helps my clients to understand the recommendations in a more well-rounded way. I am delighted to see the questions and answers here. I can picture myself pulling out this book when a client is resisting or confused, and reading the advice in these pages aloud, which will accomplish several things: it gives the clients several different points of view from which to view the problem, shows that the experts often agree on what’s important, and helps partners understand the changes in attitude and habit that are necessary to create a relationship that works.
Every counselor in these pages has dedicated his or her life’s work to helping couples navigate the often rocky, winding pathways to marital success and satisfaction. The Appendix in the back lists brief bios, books and the philosophy of each expert. It’s an astounding list. The sum total of wisdom, experience and perspective you will find here will astonish and enlighten you, and definitely benefit your relationship.
What a gem of a book this is! As a psychotherapist, I can use it over and over with my clients, who often need to forgive themselves and others. As a seeker, I learned a lot from reading it. The Seven Steps of Forgiving are so valuable and clear; and the rest of the book reads like the wisdom of Zen masters. It's uplifting, refreshing and challenging at the same time. The author obviously has walked this journey for a long time, and has left guideposts for those who follow. Do yourself a favor, and buy it as a gift to your spirit. Then, buy a few more copies for those you love. They'll know it means you love them.