For Women Only: The Prequel

5 07 2005

Below are the links to my reviews on this material. But if you want to find out how it all started, read this post.

Part 1 – Chapters 1 & 2
Part 2 – Chapter 3
Part 3 – Chapters 4, 5 and 6
Part 4 – Chapters 7, 8, and 9
Shelly’s Final Word

My week is very busy with a few things that are going on – and people around at night when I’m usually all alone. I don’t have the presence of mind to sit down and write a good review of the first three chapters of For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn. So, I have written this little introduction to how I came about the material, kind of a prequel to Sal’s For Women Only trilogy. Next week, things should be all clear for me to delve into the material, giving it the thought and time it deserves.

I wasn’t searching for this book, but it was searching for me. Back in March sometime, my husband mentioned to me that he had listened to an author on Focus on the Family that he thought I should listen to. FOTF has their shows archived online, so it’s easy enough to do.

I’ll mention that I do not do well with listening to stuff online. I want to read everything, get distracted and usually don’t hear anything that’s being said. Dh knows this. So, I blew him off. After all, I have a blog to write. He tells me about good shows all the time.

A few days later he asked me if I had listened to it. I said, “no.” He got a little upset. So, I went into their archives to try and find it. I sat down and listened to what was the first of three segments on the topic. We were in the midst of the Terri Shaivo situation, and a portion of the show was spent talking about that. They didn’t delve into Shauti’s book until a little later on. What I heard in that introduction didn’t stir me at all. It didn’t seem any different than some of the things I had heard before.

Later that day, I reported to my husband that I had indeed listened to his little show. I wanted to discuss his interest in it. He started going into things that weren’t in that segment. I was frustrated. He wasn’t clear about which one he wanted me to listen to. Finally we relented that we would just buy the book and discuss it.

It took me some time to get the book. I couldn’t find it in local bookstores, and eventually ordered from Amazon, but it took a few weeks to come for some reason. In the meantime, I got hooked into Created to Be His Help Meet reviews and never really got into For Women Only (FWO).

So now, I’m coming back around again.

Although the two books are very different, they both present materials that can be helpful to Christian women. From what I have read so far in FWO, it is not necessarily a Biblical perspective, although certainly it explores the differences between men and women as God made them. This books presents a way to understand your husband’s hard wiring. There are things that set him off, hurt him or turn him off that we (as women) are unaware of. This book explores some of those areas by presenting data to support these thinking patterns and then offering approaches for women to consider.

So tune in next week for my review of Chapters 1-3.

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