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Reviewed by Terri Tumlin for Readers' Favorite
"My Cat Won’t Bark!" is an interesting book with a charmingly whimsical title. The subtitle "A Relationship Epiphany" refers to the author’s perspective from which he produced the book and may or may not apply to the reader’s experience. However, even if you don’t experience an epiphany, there is much you can get from this interesting and well-written short volume. The cat in the title that refuses to bark refers to the people who populate our intimate lives and do not change just because we want them to. Be it husband, boy or girl friend, date, or bed mate, Kevin Darné points out the futility of trying to improve our own lives by ‘improving’ others. His take, well presented, is to spend the effort instead on looking inward and discovering what it is that we really want before we start looking. That way we end up in relationships that enhance our lives rather than being in ones that are endless battles that we can never ultimately win.
The book is smoothly written and interesting and while it seems to apply more to people before or between relationships, there are insights that apply to those who are married and have been for years. Although at times the author seems somewhat repetitive, the alternate ways of presenting the information spark different things to think about in your own relationships, short term or long term. All in all, I would say it is an enjoyable light read that may give you some new directions in your life.