I admit that I haven't gotten that far into the book and I am struggling to find the inspiration to finish it.
While her conclusions might be correct about extroverted sports jocks it is by no means a conclusive study of male mentality or motivations.
In the section where she describes boys from the age of about 2 to 10 the attitudes and behaviours supposably produced by testosterone in no way resemble my development years.
I was hoping for something that would help me my wife and myself understand me and my son better but up until now all I have found are numerous anecdotes on bullies, alpha males and sport jocks.
Anybody who is or knows a male who is introverted, bookish or intellectual will have a very difficult time believing Brizendine.
I am going to trudge through about 2 more hours of this dribble with the hope of finding something more substantial and meaningful, but that is all I can give her.
There are just too many fascinating, high quality books to waste more time on this dribble.
The imagery, the characters the complex web of plots and themes is really quite overpowering. From the first line to the end of the book John Lee had me captivated and transported to such an unusuall reality that I couldn't stop listening.
The emotional depth is palpable, and even though it has been months since I have read this book I can't stop thinking about the characters: their innocent ignorance, sincere love and afection, and in some cases the bullheaded hatred. You cannot get them out of your head.
This isn't a light read, and it isn't for the faint of heart but highly recommended. You will remember it for years to come.
To be honest I was quite disappointed with this book. As a man of faith I was intrigued by the book's promise to apply scriptural principles to healing internal turmoil and finding peace. However I found her analysis as to the sources of mental discomfort altogether rather simplistic (her analysis doesn’t go much further than attributing all our problems to the devil). Furthermore, the voice of, Pat Lentz, the narrator is actually grating and discomforting rather than soothing.
While I appreciate the scriptural insights into internal turmoil I feel that the author lacks the background to cover this subject with the thoroughness, professionalism, and balance that one needs in order to resolve inner conflicts.
In summary, I would recommend an author with more of a balance between science and religion to get a more thorough, objective, and ultimately more useful perspective.
Although it is still not what I am looking for, I am finding much better results with “Learned Optimism” by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.
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