“I Wish He Had Come with Instructions” by Mike Bechtle

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I Wish He Had Come with Instructions: The Woman's Guide to a Man's BrainI Wish He Had Come with Instructions: The Woman’s Guide to a Man’s Brain by Mike Bechtle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book, by Dr. Mike Bechtle, is aimed to accomplish the essence of the subtitle: be a woman’s guide to a man’s brain. The author divides the book into five main sections: (i) the care and feeding of a man, (ii) how he thinks, (iii) how he acts, (iv) how he communicates, and (v) how he grows. Initially I asked my wife to review this book, but as a man, my definition of when to review it is different than hers, which is part of why this book is such a beneficial read for both of us. For men, this book can help identify one’s own thinking process and come to terms with it, learning and understanding how their own brain works. For women, this book can be the key to translating the universe, or close to it. Being married myself, I recognize that communication differences are often the main struggle between my wife and I. We do not understand each other’s perspective, and more often than not our disagreement and frustrations with each other are simply because I am a man and she is a woman. In this capacity alone, this book is an excellent choice. Is it one hundred percent perfect? No. But it doesn’t need to be. The book prompts one to ask questions, which is more that what an author could ask for: engagement of the material. After reading portions to my wife, she now plans to read it on her own as well.

Bechtle writes conversationally, which works really well for my wife and helps me feel like I’m connecting with the author. I think other readers will enjoy his style of writing as well. He may have a doctorate, but his work isn’t his dissertation, which allows the audience to understand and engage the writing even more so. Not only is the subject matter worth the read, but the writing style helps the read be enjoyable as well.

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