Before reading this book I thought that my husband and I had pretty good communication in our marriage but after reading it I began to think back on all the times that we had misunderstood each other and, at times, had even hurt each other's feelings by snapping back at a remark rather than thinking through a respectful way to discuss whatever the issue was.
Why is it that we take out our frustrations and disappointments on the one person that God has given us to be our love, our friend, our supporter, our life long mate? Is it because we know we can get away with it? Or maybe they just happen to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Either way, as wives, we need to learn how to communicate with our husbands. We are the hearts of our homes, ladies, and we should strive to be patient and kind with everyone in our household, most especially our husbands.
Al and Autumn Ray compare marriage to being on a team. If the team can't work together to succeed, then their efforts will fail. In this case, if we can't learn to speak kindly and respectfully to our husbands and learn to listen to what he is saying, then there are going to be tons of misunderstandings and arguments.
I can hear you right now asking, "Well, what about him? He never listens to me and if the television is on, I can forget a discussion!" This book isn't written just for wives but is actually written for a couple to read through together. I have never seen a book like this one. It is written like a Dick and Jane reader and has pictures and everything. I found myself smiling as I worked my way through this book. It is a very easy read and even my husband, who hates to read, read it with me and agreed that there was some great points made.
The book isn't really divided into what you would call chapters, it's more like sections and they are are titled:
- Rick & Jane Fight
- The Decision For Coaching
- Meeting The Coaches
- Goals And the Sidetrack
- Effective Talking
- The Dynamic Play
- Active Listening
- The Wrap Up
- The Team Challenge
Overall, Rick & Jane Learn To Listen & Talk The First Step To Intimacy is a great resource to add to your library and I would definitely rate at 4 stars. It is a short and quick read at only 71 pages, but it also has a My Listening Skills Self Assessment at the back that is helpful if you answer truthfully :)
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