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FANTASY VS. REALITY
Romance novels and magazines taught us that men are knights in shining armor. We can expect them to be sensitive, romantic, suave, punctual, attentive, patient, unselfish, observant. A passage might go something like this:
Mary had spent the whole day preparing for Tom’s return from work. His shirts were washed and ironed, the house was clean, and dinner was ready. It was 5:22 when she heard Tom’s key in the door. He was always home before 6:00. She rushed to the door to greet him.
When he opened the door and saw her, his face lit up into a big, bright smile. He wrapped her in a tender embrace and kissed her passionately. When he let her go, she was heavenly breathless. “Hi, sweetheart. I’m home a little early. I hope that doesn’t upset your schedule. New dress? You look gorgeous! Man, I’m a lucky guy!! The house looks wonderful. What are you cooking? It smells delicious. I hope we’re having dinner by candlelight. You look even more beautiful in candlelight!”
That’s what we read, and that’s what we fantasized on.
Men don’t read romance novels or magazines. Most of them don’t have a clue about what’s in those pages. So, they don’t know how to act like that. And that can destroy a lot of fantasies!
Men don’t have “date-book” or “calendar” minds. They tend to forget anniversaries, appointments, birthdays (sometimes, even their own!), and other celebration-type events. As females, it would warm our hearts tremendously if they were more like us and remembered everything—if they were more like the romance novels and magazines told us they were. But that is usually not the case, so we have to brush off disappointment and keep on going. Of course, we can always remind them. (And then, later [before or after the date] remind them that we reminded them!)
Females can be tidy, prim, and proper to a fault. It’s not a federal offense because he takes off his underwear and leaves it on the floor, doesn’t put the top back on the toothpaste. As little girls, we learned that dirty underwear is supposed to be in the hamper or down the chute. Little boys learned it too, but most of them didn’t care or focus on that. As little girls, we learned that you’re supposed to put the top back on the toothpaste so that the exposed toothpaste doesn’t dry up. Little boys learned that too, but dried-up toothpaste didn’t bother them at all.
Our fantasy tells us that they’ll get better. They’ll become more like us and remember to do all the things we wish they would do. Reality contradicts that.
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