The author failed to live up to his claim. Using more references to movies and pop culture than the Bible, the author draws broad, sweeping generalizations about the differences between boys and girls. Based more on stereotype than scientific research, he stated his opinions in a factual and authoritative manner. While my experiences and observations tend to be in agreement with many of his, I found myself continually arguing with him in my head and thinking up exceptions to his points. I tend to want to rebel when people put me in a box.
But I did find some value in the book, such as understanding that mothers parent differently than fathers and that we balance each other as God intended. The book affirmed how gender differences affect marriage. That’s all the book did for me though – it reaffirmed what I already knew in my experience to be true.
Even though I am raising a boy and a girl who fit the gender molds in this book, I was disappointed in that it merely reinforced the stereotypical extreme rather than exploring how to reinforce gender qualities in a world where it is more politically correct to ignore differences. I did not come away with any practical application for parenting or any ideas for spiritually training my children.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review. The opinions I have expressed herein are my own, obviously.