Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Review: When Beauty is a Beast

Beauty Beast blog tourAbout the book:
We have no qualms laying out men’s sins—especially abusive behavior. But we’ve avoided “going there” when it comes to women. This book offers advice to heal marriages and families where women display controlling behavior or create fear. It will help turn crumbling relationships into partnerships of love and trust.

About the author:
C.C. Sorensen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has served in many positions on both the ward and stake level. “When Beauty Is a Beast” grew out of Sorensen’s many years of counseling husbands and wives who were struggling with various relationship issues.

Reidhead Randomness:

When Beauty is a Beast is an interesting book.  In this book, written for women, it has many stories and examples of how women sabotage their marriages.  While it is written with a gospel-centered approach, I felt a little "bashed" by it.  I have been mulling over it, to see if it is just that "the guilty take the truth to be hard," but I felt quite picked on as a female.  It talks about how to avoid controlling your spouse, transferring blame, setting unreasonable expectations, and how to avoid all the different kinds of abuse.  It shares how to build up your husband, boyfriend, fiance, etc. instead of tearing them down.  There are lots of quotes from general authorities and from the scriptures that relate to marriage and relationships in general, that I found useful.  There were some tidbits that were also helpful, and I found that I have been guilty, here and there, of things discussed in the book, but I feel that marriage is a give and take, and this book points out all the bad things women do, without mentioning that husbands also are guilty of different things....but I guess that would be a whole different book.  Unless a woman is ready to change, I think this book would just be offensive, and put a woman on the defense, or make her feel bad...and there is a "disclaimer" at the back of the book that basically says if you are reading this book to improve your relationship, you need to be careful about taking things personally.  It does implore the women reading the book to set aside your pride, and do some soul searching.  I am sure all women are guilty of something from this book, sometime in their lives, but I guess I felt it too be a little to harsh of a woman bashing.  Overall, it made me grateful for my wonderful, patient, loving husband!

I received a copy of this book in order to write my review, however all opinions expressed are my own.


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