HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women
Author: James C. Dobson
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum, reprinted in 1977
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Primarily for adults, although older teen boys might find it useful in preparation for marriage
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Dobson, James C. What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women (published in 1975, twentieth printing in 1982, by Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Wheaton, IL 60187). James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs, heard by more than 200 million people every day. He is seen on 80 television stations daily in the U.S. A licensed psychologist and licensed marriage, family, and child counselor, he is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Dr. Dobson approaches questions and issues related to family life from a Biblical worldview. What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women contains his suggestions for marital happiness that are interesting, practical, and humorous. Someone gave me a copy of this book shortly after my wife and I married.
This book touches on many causes of depression in women based on a survey Dr. Dobson conducted. He asked women to rank several items on how much each one bothered them. The list included items such as low self-esteem, fatigue, loneliness, financial difficulties, sexual problems, menstrual problems, problems with children, and aging, each one having a chapter on how to deal with it. The book is primarily written for husbands of stay at home mothers, though it would be useful for husbands of women in general. It does promote the idea that a women should be at home with her children, especially while she is young, but admits that this situation isn’t always possible in our society. Dobson does not say that the only place for women is in the home, but he does encourage those who choose that position, stressing the importance of full-time mothers and seeking to restore some of the respect that has been lost for them.
While not every suggestion will apply in all situations, those who espouse a Biblical worldview will find a great deal of worthwhile and insightful information about things which all married couples face at one time or another. Those who reject a Biblical worldview will think it useless, making such false charges as those expressed by one reviewer, who said, “This book may have been trendy in the 1950’s, but it’s way out of touch today and it never was based on any facts. It infers that all women are not employed, have few interests in life and are limited in their thinking ability….According to Dr Dobson, women wait all day for their man to return home from thier business lives and take them to cocktail parites and men should be considerate of how limited their thinking is” (sic), calling it “un-informed, biased rubbish.” Here’s what Dobson actually concludes. “What do women want from their husbands? It is not a bigger home or a better dishwasher or a newer automobile. Rather, it is the assurance that ‘hand and hand we’ll face the best and worst that life has to offer—together.’”