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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Author Marc Brackett talked with a friend who had undergone divorce and found that (as he writes in the preface to this delightful self-help book) "It (divorce) has worn him (the friend) out mentally, physically, and spiritually. There are things in life that cannot be undone or forgotten and just have to be lived with." The author has studied marriages and divorce at length and has devised this easy to read e-book that creates a mathematical point system, one for men and another for women, with four components so that the reader can evaluate and understand where his/her marriage or proposed marriage stands. But author Brackett wisely admonishes the reader on page 58 that "This book is not about creating a checklist you could use to humiliate your partner. This book was intended to help you become more of the person your partner needs in their life."
"Keeping Score" is a wonderful addition to the many books out there on marriage counselling. It is short, easy to read and use in everyday life, and to the point. The formatting is excellent and the graphs help illustrate the points the author is making. The author's intent, as he writes on page 60, is to "focus on modifying your own behavior". His statements are simple but highly useful and profound in their own way. He writes, on page 54: "The little things are the foundation of everything" referring to small tasks such as folding socks or taking out the garbage. "Keeping Score" should be on readers' lists everywhere and should be a standard stock on marriage counsellors' lists of must reads.