Book Review: The Xanthippe Factor by Sara Breslerman

Title: The Xanthippe Factor
Author: Sara Breslerman
Genre: Nonfiction, Marriage & Family
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

If you are in a relationship, before or during marriage, The Xanthippe Factor is a book you will want to read

The Xanthippe Factor deals with the relationship between men and women in marriage. It examines what happens to love in the various stages of the relationship, why so many men and women are unhappy with their marriages, and what can be done to make long lasting and loving relations that fit the world in which we live.

The Xanthippe Factor argues that marriage has remained largely unchanged since the time of the famous Greek philosopher Socrates and his wife Xanthippe without adapting to the modern complexities of life in general and marriage in particular.

Acquire important insights and tools for improving your relationship!

The book confronts the reader with basic questions about the relationships between men and women in marriage: i.e., role division, parenting, sex, and disagreements – and provides insights, solutions, and tools about how couples can overcome marriage pitfalls and improve their relationships.

The Xanthippe Factor talks about couples, marriage and relationships, and how couples nowadays can overcome the challenges of being in a long-lasting relationship in this modern, ever-changing world. While the world has changed with every era slipping by, marriage has stayed more or less the same (in terms of the institution of marriage) since the time of the Greek philosophers.

Based on the relationship of Greek philosopher Socrates without his wife Xanthippe, the book explains how little marriage has changed over time. It also asks some basic, but confrontational questions about role division, parenting, sex and how couples argue – how are disagreements solved? – to help people gain more insights in this relationship.

Being in a relationship for ten years now (wow! When I was a teenager, I never could’ve imagined being in a relationship with one single person for this long) I could identify with a lot of things described in the book, and the book also gave me some insight into life as a couple nowadays, and how to overcome challenges all couples face.

Book Review How To Catch Your Mate by Michael Goldenberg

Title: How To Catch Your Mate: The 23 Commandments

Author: Michael Goldenberg

Genre: Relationships, Nonfiction

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Reviews copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Find and conquer your spouse!

What do you need to know in order to win your ideal man? How to Catch Your Mate is a fun and witty guidebook, designed to prepare you for meeting the right man for you!

Learn the secret to their heart

How to Catch Your Mate offers practical guidelines and elegant tips based on the experience of real men, who have handed down the key that opens their hearts. These precious insights are accompanied by charming drawings that add to this valuable knowledge humor and spice.

The perfect gift for any single woman

How to Catch Your Mate is written in a light and humorous fashion, but be sure to take it seriously! The techniques offered here will get men involved in a serious relationship and will help any woman who wishes to catch a mate and achieve her goal. It’s tested, it’s proven, and it works!

A practical toolbox for success

How To Catch Your Mate is a guide book written by a man but targeting women. It’s supposed to help women catch their mate, and it has some witty insights and some clever humor thrown in, and some useful tips that might actually help women on the dating field.

I’m pretty sure I’ve used some of the tips before – some are common sense (well, at least they were for me, maybe not for everyone), but others aren’t as straight forward and quite a few were new insights for me. I’m not on the dating field anymore, but if I was, I might try some of these out.

The chapters are really short, making this a quick read that you can finish in record time. It’s an entertaining read, and you might take some of the tips to heart when dating.


Book Spotlight: Pieces of the Past


9781481717762_COVER.inddTitle: Pieces of the Past
Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Bree Matthews
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 268
Language: English
Format: Ebook

Your first love. Everyone remembers that special person and time in their lives. Sometimes first love lasts a lifetime, but more often than not, it is just your introduction to what could be waiting with the next open door. Anne and Joshua were swept up in the wonderment of first love as teenagers, never believing they would part; and, yet, they did. Broken hearts, wounded pride, even a scandal would prove to be an impenetrable roadblock in their path to ‘happily ever after’. Now decades later, Joshua’s unending search for Anne has brought them back together to relive the pieces of the past. All the ghosts hiding in a long sealed Pandora’s Box have been released to play havoc with the present, and even tinker with their futures and all those around them.



Bree Matthews is a true Southerner having lived her entire life in the beautiful countryside near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Having been an English major, writing has always been a passion for her. ‘Pieces of the Past’ is the first novel of the “Pieces” trilogy; with its publication, Bree has only eight items left on her ‘Bucket List’.



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Book Review: The Truth about Dating, Love & Just Being Friends by Chad Eastham

10614097Title: The Truth about Dating, Love & Just Being Friends
Author: Chad Eastham
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Relationships
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 8th 2011
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Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided through Booksneeze.

Chad Eastham, with his typical wit and wisdom for teens, brings much sought after advice on girls’ favorite topics including dating, love, friendship, and other important stuff.

Chad shines some much-needed light on these major issues for teens. Rather than let their feelings navigate them blindly through their tumultuous adolescence, Chad offers clarity, some surprising revelations, and answers to some of their biggest questions: How do I know who to date? When should I start dating? How should I start dating? Is this really love? And, Why do guys I like just want to be friends?

Packed with humor that adds to the sound advice, this book will help teens make better decisions, have healthier relationships, and be more prepared for their futures. Just a few things girls will learn include: Five things you need to know about love; Eight dumb dating things even smart people do; Ten reasons why teens are unhappy; and Ten things happy teens do.

Any teen can live a happier, healthier life: they just need to hear The Truth.

The Truth about Dating, Love & Just Being Friends is a non-fiction, self-help book. I don’t normally read this kind of book – I prefer fiction, and I’m stubborn enough to believe that if anyone can help me with anything, that’ll be me. And not some self-help guru, the Easter Bunny or a guy named Chad Eastham. However, when I saw this book being featured on Booksneeze, I was curious about it. The synopsis sounded funny and entertaining and not patronizing at all. It actually seemed like it was written not only for teenagers, but by a teenager as well. Now I know Mr. Eastham is NOT a teenager, I’m just trying to say that he can write like one, and I’m pretty sure that this skill appeals to his public. It’s one thing if adults tell you to do something, but it feels entirely different when someone else tells you, using the same kind of language you use and while adding some humor to it. So after reading the synopsis, I thought: why not?

I have to say that The Truth (I’m not going to write the entire title everytime because, face it, it’s just too long and I’m lazy) is a very hilarious, fun and entertaining read. In just under 250 pages, Chad Eastham talks about subjects like the Twilight-phenomenon and why all young teenage girls (and sometimes even boys!) seem to be infatuated with vampires, werewolves and the likes, while in all honesty, dead guys and enormous dogs don’t seem all that appealing when looked at from another perspetive. He talks about social media and how it ruins our dating skills, about what we should keep in mind while dating, why some people are just meant to be friends and to never get together and he even dedicates an entire chapter to why his book could be stupid.

The book is filled with charts, lists, notes from readers, jokes and fun facts. It’s a very entertaining and fun read, very casual, and I enjoyed the fact that he didn’t scare away from certain topics, like dating the wrong people and what that could do to you. On the other hand, I have to say that he mentions Christianity a lot, and the view of religion on certain things, and he quotes from the Bible too. While I personally don’t have a problem with that, I don’t think this was the smartest move. Nowadays teenagers, especially here in Europe (I don’t really know about the States), aren’t that much into religion anymore. Most of them still believe in God and Jesus, but they don’t let religious principles dedicate their lifestyle, and mentioning the Bible occassionally in a book of this kind, a self-help book aimed at teenagers, might seem patronizing or old-fashioned to them. Now, Chad mentions a lot of time that the religious views he includes are only aimed at those who believe in them, but he is actually turning away a large part of the teenage public by including them in the first place.

Muslims, jews, teenagers who are followers of the new-age religion, will all be frowning upon the casual mentioning of the Christian religion all through-out this novel. And even Christian people might seem confused at why religion is such a strong theme in this book. I’m not really against it, but it bothered me. I feel like it’s unfair to write a book aimed at teens and then basically exclude half of the teenage population. I think it would have been a wiser decision to include some of the religious themes in a not-so obvious way, like by explaining the principles without actually mentioning they’re religious, because when we look at the basic principles of most religions, they’re more or less the same or at least based on the same morals. Either you include the views of not only the Christian religion, but of some other major religions as well, or you don’t include religion at all. Not if you don’t want to scare off half of your potential public.

Apart from that, I thought the book was great. It was fun, hilarious (I even laughed out loud at times) and highly original. If you’re a teenager struggling with the entire dating process, then I advise The Truth about Dating, Love & Just Being Friends to you, and even if you’re not really struggling but just up for a fun non-fiction read, then I would advise this book as well.