Woman Power is the companion book to Dr. Laura's recently published The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbances. It's a workbook and follow-up that includes information from many of the calls and letters she received after the first book was released.
Five parts take women through steps toward improving their marriage. The first part, Yeah, But...What If? discusses questions and challenges that came up from readers of The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbances. These include questions such as: "How do I undo years of the lack of proper care and feeding? And why should I be the first one to change?" Quotes and anecdotes help to personalize the section, and then lines are left for the reader to write down her thoughts about the question and how it applies to her own life.
Part Two, Proper Caring: "Was It Good for You?" asks you to assess yourself and your marriage. Questions will prompt you to really think about the state of your life and your marriage, and then offers and opportunity for your husband to do the same. Exercises are designed to help your marriage to grow.
Part Three, entitled Proper Respect: Girls Rule--Boys Drool gets serious about the feminist movement and constant downgrading of men in the media and in women's lives as a whole. This chapter discusses how these beliefs affect marriage and allows readers to examine the media's influence on their marriage and their thoughts about men.
Proper Understanding: The Guys' Turn! talks about what men are thinking, needing, and wanting from their wives. Dr. Laura asked men a series of ten questions and recorded their top answers. These are answers to questions such as "What do you think most women don't get about men?" Space is provided after each for analyzing how each question applies to your own life. The fifth part, Proper Feeding: Inspiration and Tips seeks to instruct women on how to further apply the concepts to their lives.
It's important to have first read The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbances for Woman Power to be relevant. Although there are some interesting concepts presented, the true "nuts and bolts" of how to improve and enhance your marriage are found in the first book. You could probably come up with most of the questions in Woman Power for analysis on your own, but this book provides a directed way to put concepts you read about into practice. It's fascinating to see the testimonials from people who have experienced true changes in their marriages, which provides inspiration to do similar things in order to receive similar results.
Whether or not you love Dr. Laura is really beside the point. Her concepts about marriage are simple and transforming. Woman Power is a slightly misleading title--this book doesn't talk about how to become stronger and more controlling. It talks about how to use your power as a woman to show love to your husband and improve your marriage. I found everything in both books to be fascinating and revolutionary in today's society. I really think marriages could be tranformed if people would read and take these concepts to heart.