Marital Advice to My Grandson, Joel
How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out the
window in the middle of the night.
By Peter Davidson
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
The book title, dedication page, and chapter sections
of this book set the tone of the work.
“This book is dedicated to my grandson, Joel, and
his wife, Abby, in honor of your marriage.
Abby- you’re perfect as you are – don’t change a
Joel – you’re a guy, and you can use all the advice
and wisdom you can get.”
After sharing the hidden truths about marriage, the major
sections include: settling into married life, understanding your wife… and
other myths, becoming even more exemplary, in it for the long haul, and the
In each sub-section the author shares a short story
to illustrate the advice, many of them from his own marriage, giving them a
special significance from grandfather to grandson. Brief quotes stand out that separate
the book for added reinforcement, such as…
“As the Marital Bus rumbles down the highway of
life, there cannot be two people wrestling for the steering wheel, or surely
the bus will crash. Know when it is your turn to drive, and when it is time to
quietly sit in the back seat.”
Not every reader will agree that all women enter
marriage to change a man, or that all men must hold back to say only what a
women wants to hear to not make his life as a married man miserable. While some of the advice may contain outdated
stereotypical advice, the main idea of the book is an encouragement of the
partnership of marriage and of not taking the relationship for granted. The parts of interpreting “Real Estate Speak”
when buying a home, as well as the part of overall sound financial advice, are
particularly informative while told in a fun, easily understood way.
Overall, this is book that shows many sides of
marriage, with an excellent Winston Churchill quote applied to marriage by the
“Never give up, never give up; never, never, never,
Readers will enjoy this book, laughing at the humorous
way the author imparts his wisdom about marriage to his grandson, and to them.