Love Me True: Overcoming the Surprising Ways We Deceive in Relationships, by Jason B. Whiting, PhD, LMFT
2016, 176p, Non-Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
How can love, which is so beautiful and fun, cause such emotional ups and downs? Dr. Jason B. Whiting, a licensed marriage and family therapist, focuses on common relationships to show that deception is at the root of most marital problems. Overcome this and gain back that trust and excitement you’ve been longing for in your relationship.
I enjoy reading books like this, but sometimes I start them with a little apprehension. Is the author going to speak over my head so I end up only getting a little bit of useful information out of it? Is the delivery going to be dry and boring? Am I going to feel too overwhelmed with the subject matter and do nothing with the information once I've finished? I'm happy to report that the answers to each of these questions is positive! No, the author did not speak over my head and I was able to understand everything he talked about. I was engaged from the first sentence and he held my attention all the way through. He presents the information in an entertaining way and uses lots of real life stories and examples. It was easy for me to relate to many of them and see ways I can improve. I don't feel overwhelmed with the information he presented. There are things I can work on right away and others that I'm not yet ready to work on. The book is divided into three sections: Deception in What We Say, Deception in What We See and Authentic Connection. Each section is further divided into four chapters. At the end of each chapter, the author summarizes it with Main Points and then lists some Discussion Questions. This is a book I plan to read multiple times since it would be too overwhelming to work on everything at once. It would be beneficial to read it with your spouse, but it's still worth reading if they aren't on board. It's a fantastic read for anyone that is looking to improve their relationship!
Dr. Jason B. Whiting is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a professor of marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University. Whiting has dedicated hundreds of hours to teaching students about relationships and counseling couples in his own clinical practice. Whiting has presented his research nationally, including at the National Council on Family Relations, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Smart Marriages. He has published in academic journals such as Family Relations and the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. Last year he won the award for “article of the year” in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. A co-authored article on cheating and deception on Facebook garnered interest in the national press, including Psychology Today and Cosmopolitan.