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Thursday, September 04, 2003
John Gray - Mars and Venus on a Date 

Title: Mars and Venus on a Date
Author: John Gray
Catagory: Self Help
Ratings: 8/10


Here is one of John Gray's books from the Mars and Venus series, following the highly successful 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus The blurb on the acclaimed Gray's site
reads like this:

"An important guide for all single people looking for love. With this book, John suggests creative ideas for finding that special person to spend the rest of your life with. He offers advice on difficult issues such as deciding when to become intimate and when to end a relationship.

John takes readers through the five stages of dating:
1. Attraction
2. Ambivalence
3. Commitment
4. Intimacy
5. Marriage

He explains what to anticipate in each stage and how to handle the problems that arise on a couple's path to commitment and marriage. "

Now add that up together and what do you get?

A really hilarious book, fun to read with reasonably applicable rules and tips for pondering upon. In this book, John claims to be able to help readers 'find the right person' by walking through the five stages as mentioned above. By discussing Mars tendencies and Venus temperaments, Gray provides what he calls 'real life' examples, which I'm certain readers who are in a relationship or have been in a relationship will identify easily with. He also discusses entire chapters of 'case studies' and with chapter headings like 'When the Clock Keeps Ticking and He's Not Wearing a Watch' and 'Men Are Like Blowtorches, Women Are Like Ovens'... you can expect eyebrow raising instances as you smile and cackle over the hilarity of it all. There's even a chapter that provides a list of '101 Places to Meet Your Soul Mate', and if you are in great need of a dating partner or really crave to find out what its like being in a relationship, you just have to check out Gray's tips. I think for this site, we should probably go with tip #36:

If you always buy books, try hanging out in the library, where people read but don't buy.

As well as with tip #37:

If you don't read a lot, try hanging out in a bookstore and ask people who their favorite authors are. Strike up a conversation and get to know someone by asking more questions about favorite books.

My personal tip would be this: If you don't read a lot and want to find out what's the deal on reading, and you don't want to get bored silly by heavy stuff, try some really light self-help reading that will probably click with you. Its really funny, and its got me thinking about getting the more famous book. And hey, I'm sure some of the tips will be of great help, some day, some time!

minishorts  # 11:04 PM
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