Wins and Works Wonders, March 15, 2005
W. Bruce Cameron is an expert in "male-pattern
thinking." He shows you how to beat your man at his own
game by utilizing a wicked sense of wit, undying perseverance
and playful naughtiness. This does not include undermining your
man's ego, but it does send a clear message about being treated
So, should you try to turn your man into Prince Charming, or are
men charming enough in their own way? I think men are amazing,
especially when they are a challenge. All the men I've ever
loved have been irresistible challenges and reading a book like
this truly inspires me in my quest for romance, witty
conversation and a sense of comfort resulting from unconditional
How to Remodel a Man can at times read like a comedy of errors.
There are also elements of physical comedy woven into words that
threw me into fits of laughter, as did the "poem,"
"cooking adventure" and "sock puppet" idea.
There were moments during this book where I had to stop reading
because I was laughing so hard I could not see the page. When
you laugh until you cry, you know the writing is superior.
Fortunately this book seems to be divided into three main
sections: laughing out loud in places, general amusement (to
give you a break), and laughing until you cry. The play-by-play
account of Madame Butterfly could be the most enjoyable review
of an opera yet. Oh, and you might cry at the end because of the
sheer beauty in the writing.
In addition to the intriguing interplay of ideas between all the
characters in this book (his children, guy friends and
associates at work), you will also discover the answers to the
What is invisible to men?
Is watching sports more about being "on the team" than
What are the three sentiments a man can express to win a woman's
Why do men deliberately fail at an assigned task?
What verbal game should you only use as a last resort?
I adored How to Remodel a Man, not only because of the new
insights into the male mind, but because there is heart in this
book. I especially enjoyed the playful romance between the
author and his art museum accomplice. Then there is a kitten
named mitten. How can a man who takes care of his daughter's
kitten have any faults?
There are many ways to use this book to your best advantage. For
instance, if your neighbors have been running about wildly all
evening above you and have finally decided to drift off into a
peaceful slumber, take out this book and read it for hours and
hours. They may find you to be noticeably giggly until late into
I'd love to stay and chat, but I have to run to the store for an
extra can of Lemon Pledge. You'll see why once you read this
book, although the sports scoreboard idea may be more effective
and less expensive.
~The Rebecca Review
Paper-over, lid down
Men Fake Foreplay ... and Other Lies that are True
Honest, June 20, 2005
"Ultimately, the forces outside of us have little
significance other than being a distraction. If men look to an
illusionary outside world for answers, we will continue to get
illusionary answers. There are challenges we need to face, alone
in the dark, to learn to channel our strengths." ~Mike
Mike Dugan reveals all the challenges he faced in the past and
how he thought his way into an intimate and fulfilling
relationship by taking an honest look at male sexuality. He
takes on the lone wolf, the dragon and the problems of
"Men Fake Foreplay" is an honest look at male
sexuality. This book will not only lead men to deeply fulfilling
and profound spiritual moments, women will find the insights and
understanding to be intellectually satisfying and emotionally
fulfilling. It is rare for a wildly funny book to also steal my
Though a variety of intellectually intriguing examples, Mike
Dugan shows the need for male role models in our society. I
loved the story of the elephants and his comments about
defeating inner dragons. This book is not just an analysis of
the male/female connection; it is more of an analysis of the
ways men connect with their deepest self. Mike Dugan reveals how
a boy becomes a man and explores the choices a man makes once he
takes on the responsibility of caring for the women in his life.
There is a deep, penetrating intimacy throughout this work.
While this book is also wildly funny, I laughed my way right
into an understanding of some profound male wisdom.
~The Rebecca Review
How to Iron
Insights into the Male Psyche, August 9, 2005
Since my husband irons his own shirt every morning, the title
caught my attention. I've always been impressed by his ironing
abilities especially if it allows me to sleep a little longer. I
loved the chapter on finding the perfect gift, breakfast in bed
and grocery shopping, not to mention the recipes for Crème Brûlée
and making Stir-Fry.
I'll agree that men who can cook and clean are very sexy. Just
tell a woman you do these things and she will probably forget
all other men exist. Imagine how she will be bragging about you
to her friends and relatives. There is also a chapter on how to
Win Over Her Parents, Enjoy a Chick Flick and Grow the Perfect
Lawn. Each task has a difficulty rating and a reward rating.
The main concept in this book seems to be about showing a woman
you care about making her life a little less stressful and much
more romantic. Even the smallest effort will not go unnoticed
and I can almost guarantee a woman will be most appreciative and
plan romantic situations to reward such kindness. Plus, with all
the time she saves not having to iron shirts, imagine the
Craig Boreth is a truly talented writer who has written for
major publications. He also has quite the varied life experience
as a landscape architect, chef, electrician and carpenter. He
joins the ranks of authors like W. Bruce Cameron, Steven
Andrew Guerrero and Mike Dugan who provide humorous insight
into the male psyche and also love women and take pride in
making a woman's life more enjoyable.
I look forward to reading any book Craig Boreth writes because
he also completely understands the female psyche and his wit and
comedic timing is perfect.
~The Rebecca Review
Is There Anything Good About Men?
Fascinating Journey into the World of Men, March
"Much of what men do is ultimately aimed at
appealing to women." ~ Roy F. Baumeister
Roy F. Baumeister goes to places other minds fear to tread. The
main point of this book is to discuss whether or not men have
oppressed women over the ages and the conclusion is that men
actually just want to compete against other men. That in itself
was a bit enlightening and while reading this book you will have
many moments of revelation. By reading this book I learned why
men really love sports. There are also some ideas why there is a
salary gap. And the big question is: "Is there really a
The author seems like a reasonable man but I think he
underestimates the influence and power of women in society. I
don't think he gives any credit to great men's mothers or wives
for supporting their efforts and being the reason men even want
to be alive. Although in some of his discussions on women he
gets a lot right. For instance women compete for love and want
to attract the most desirable men. This gives men motivation to
become great. A big part of this book is a discussion of why men
and women should appreciate their unique abilities.
Some of what I found interesting was how women actually don't
desire to go into various fields of work. Roy F. Baumeister
talks about how men excel in certain fields because they have
the desire to be there and women just are not that interested in
Science. I personally disliked science in my younger years but
am very interested in it now.
At times this book excels in brilliantly logical moments. Roy F.
Baumeister is great at independent thinking that goes against
common misperceptions. One of the things he sheds light on is
that men really don't have it so great. When you look at the
facts in this book you may come to the same conclusion. In some
ways women have it really good especially when a man is willing
to provide for them.
There are some things in this book that made me think twice. For
instance he discusses an invader who may have had 1,000
children. I don't think that was the result of all consensual
sex. Also the author never discusses the morality of sex or
discusses what God thinks about it. In one place when discussing
polygamy he does not seem to take the feelings of women into
consideration. Women want to be the "only one." There
are of course exceptions to this rule in some societies. A
discussion on serial monogamy might also have been interesting.
I have always thought men were wonderful and I get along with
them better than women. However this book renewed my respect
when I learned certain facts about how men have contributed to
society and especially how they built up culture.
So as a woman I must say I learned a lot about men and the
information was helpful in understanding men in general. Just be
careful because the authors views on morality are pretty
nonexistent in this book. He seems to extol the idea that
successful men get all the women and all the sex. But he fails
to provide the eternal costs of such a lifestyle. Also he talks
about evolution quite a bit so Christians will have to ignore
that. There is no real discussion of male spirituality so in
that the book is lacking.
On the plus side however this book made me laugh out loud at
least five times. In places it is actually pretty funny.
~The Rebecca Review