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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Løye VINE VOICE on 2 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
David Deida serves up a fascinating take on Masculinity in this work; outlining vital aspects, ideas and practises in a layout that's short, punchy and very much to the point. You don't have to wade through pages of text to gather the information you need out of this one. The book is essentially a colleciton of lessons and ideas, each with a few pages dedicated to their relative explanations. The entire work is unified under the masculine/feminine essence concept that Mr Deida outlines in the opening pages. So it's easy to read and even easier to leap back to for refences and reminders. So for a self-help book/guide - Excellent

The content, however, is a difficult one... The advice is practical, and the perspectives are an interesting alternative to what a lot of people are most likely accustomed to. These perspectives, however, MUST be seen as just that: perspectives. To assume the material is canon is a mistake, verging on potentially dangerous. It's easy to get roped into believing that his ideas are 'truth'... after all, he DOES paint a very convincing picture (and his wording does indeed imply this is 100% factual information).

Now, I know that made no sense, so here's an example:

Chapter 16 says "Women are not Liars", explaining that a woman's word is a reflection on her existing state of mind. In some ways, this is indeed true. I can think of many examples where women's words reflected the emotion more than fact - (When a woman comments how every boyfriend is the 'best bf ever' until he screws up and suddenly is the words biggest schmuck)... but at the same time, I can think of many which go against it. If you open your mind, you can generally find enough evidence to both prove and disprove his ideas.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Contributor on 8 Feb. 2007
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Amazing perspective, difficult to find. I finally read it (so many friends already had and recommended it). I found it highly useful. Does not pander to women like Venus and Mars - much more "down to earth" and male targeted - yet women seem to find it insightful too. You dont usually get this info from your buddies or the women in your life - but once you learn it they can all benefit from what you can share. Take your game to the next level. Very liberating read. I am surprised there are so few reviews - this is a hidden gem - straight forward, easy to absorb and unpretentious!!! Enjoy the book, your relationships and your life purpose man.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By crackingconfidence on 27 Sept. 2012
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I've read a lot of books on being a man and without a doubt, this is the one that has inspired me most to get stuck in and put the effort and work into myself.

There's a few negative reviews which is fair enough - it's not for the feint hearted - but to be honest, if you want to know if this has value, give it to your wife or partner to read and if they don't say "that's exactly what I want from you as a man" then don't read it!

It's hard, it's heavy and it made me wonder why the hell I bother being in a relationship! But having put some of it into practice, I'm already seeing the difference in myself and my wife - our relationship is more loving, feels lighter and I'm relishing her "going off on one" moments because I understand the real message now (well most of the time I do!) - even when it hurts to hear it!

If you just want a short-cut or quick-fix to create a great relationship with yourself and your partner, then you'll be disappointed! If you are prepared to be constantly challenged and to step up, time and time again, to a greater version of your relationship with yourself, your partner and the world, then this will have gold for you.

The bottom line is, you can't learn to play the piano like a concert pianist in a weekend or by reading a book. The same goes for learning how to navigate the curious and infuriating feminine essence of your partner! You still have to take the courses and read the books, but it takes years of practice to get it right!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. D. Foster on 20 Dec. 2011
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This book is permanently on my reading list, I just restart it when I get to the end. Obviously you only apply the bits that work for you and that keep you clear on your own path, but there is so much in it, I have to keep going.

It's as good as I have found on how to be a real man in the world, never handing my power away and yet remaining genuine, open (even / especially when in pain), true to myself and as good as I can be for / to my partner. I often come across snippets where I think "if I'd known that then, we'd probably never have split up".

Even though I still sometimes fall into wuss mode (especially around a powerful feminine presence) I can now catch myself before too much damage is done and give my gift in return and to its fullest. E.g. I used to avoid women's "moments" when they are all chaos, confusion, emotion and untethered energy. I'd try to play it down, "calm down... let's think about it logically... what's wrong with you?... I'll come back later when you're more sane". I now see these times as gifts where all they often want is to know you will stand firm and be there. And when you do, they become more of what you want! Whisk her off her feet, pull her into you, dance! Tell me this is bad advice when dealing with a strong feminine essence!

I see it as my responsibility to be the best man I can possibly be at all times and in all situations. This book helps me do that!
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