Priscilla D Robinson reviews Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel by Peter Davidson
Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel is written by Peter Davidson. While the book is personalized to Joel about the life that him and his wife Abby the stories have a way of shedding light on certain parts of marriage for anyone. I think that some of the things written in the book aren't realistic for a healthy relationship (your wife can be as mean as she wants but not you). I would hope that both husband and wife treat each other with lots of love and respect.
I found this book to be more comedy than self-help but I think it works because all comedians say that they gather inspiration from real life. I laughed when the author tells Joel to think about football session before picking a wedding date. The book touches on everything from shopping tips, to eating what your wife cooks, to compromising when it comes to arriving at an event. I also really enjoyed the quotes that were placed before each new section in the book.
I give this book 4 stars. While I don't think that all the advice in the book should be followed the book in its entirety was a really good read that kept me giggling. It would be a great gift to not only men who are looking to settle down but I could so see giving this to one of my sisters since the advice really is hilarious.
When my grandson, Joel, got engaged I decided to jot down a few words of marital advice for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week (www.maritaladvicetomygrandsonjoel.com). As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is. The name of the book is: MARITAL ADVICE TO MY GRANDSON, JOEL: How to be a husband your wife won't throw out of the window in the middle of the night.
Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it's also an upbeat, insightful, humorous look at married life that any engaged, married, or even single person can relate to and enjoy.
Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to answer your wife's questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world's most powerful anniversary card for your wife.
Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you'll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.
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