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Title : My Parents Married on a Dare: And Other Favorite Essays on Life
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ISBN : 9781573451901
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Number of Pages : 150 Pages
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My Parents Married on a Dare: And Other Favorite Essays on Life Reviews

  • Alanna
    2019-05-06 07:10

    These are just a few essays by Broderick, and the more of his stuff that I read, the more I love him, his writings, and his ideas. I was actually really disappointed when I got to the last essay and realized it was one I'd already read ("The Uses of Adversity") and so I had already run out of new material from him! Anyway, these essays focus on (to name a few of them) the paths his career has taken him, the paths his religion has taken him, his speculation on the brothers of Jesus, and other interesting topics. One of my favorite parts was just a couple pages where he discussed some of the intellectual issues he has had trouble integrating with his testimony. I liked that he could discuss these things very openly and honestly (and even humbly) without attacking the church or doubting its truthfulness. I feel like more and more this is a very rare trait, and it made me happy to see it. And then any of his marriage and parenting advice is excellent and I sort of wish I could have it tattooed across my arm or something for easy referencing. (If I were more Mormon, I guess I'd write it all in vinyl on my arms!) I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

  • Kay
    2019-05-22 06:12

    I read this because I knew the author personally. He was our stake president in Cerritos, Calif. and he was one of the funniest church leaders I've ever met. He was a marriage counselor by profession and I found that he has written a few books. This one started a little slow because it talked about his life and background but when it got to his advice and the articles he wrote about marriage and families, I really enjoyed it and he had some very good stories.

  • Sherrill
    2019-05-06 08:12

    This was the light hearted views of a marriage counselor. He is a good member of the church, having been a stake president, but came from a somewhat irregular upbringing. He was full of some unusual experiences. One was when he was asked to speak at a Women in Excellence program where they had done the Wizard of Oz theme. The people in the presentation sailed happily down the yellow brick road without any pitfalls along the way. By the time he got up to speak he felt to tell the girls that even if they do everything right there could still be obstructions to their happiness. I thought this was a small jab at how we sometimes try too hard when we have a presentation and miss the real story. I know I have read this story before but somehow didn't think it was his story. I thought I would remember such a strange name if I had heard it before but I guess not. Apparently it was his story.I thought the excerpt about Jesus having unbelieving brothers was a little unsubstantiated. He could have, but then I think when the Bible uses the term Brethren it might not have been actual Brothers. Sometimes he is a bit irreverent in his views but honestly addresses the perils of losing a testimony and how easily that could happen.

    2019-05-17 04:18

    Good, quick read. The first two chapters are basically summaries of his life, professional and personal. Some great bits of marital and family advice sprinkled through but my favorite is still the final chapter, which I've read several times before, The Uses of Adversity. I sorta feel that the first section of that essay should be required reading for all Relief Society, Young Women and Primary leaders as a reminder to not let the vision and details of an activity or program overwhelm the importance of the message it is meant to teach. I am no doubt guilty of letting my creative package take central stage a bit more often than it should.

  • Judy
    2019-05-20 05:06

    Loved, loved, loved this. My mom recommended it to me, I wasn't really sure what to expect. But I found it to be an uplifting, encouraging selection of articles written by Broderick, who was a physiologist and scholar. I enjoyed his self-deprecating sense of humor. I especially appreciated the last part of the book entitled, "Adversity". Very easy, enjoyable read. Thanks Mom!*Useless but fun fact for those who know him: Jerry Garns has photo credit for the author's picture appearing on the cover.

  • Heather Murphy
    2019-05-21 10:10

    The first two chapters simply outline all the accomplishments of author. The first, his academic achievements. His second: his secular. He even began the second chapter suggesting it would be spiritually uplifting, like his testimony, but it turned out to only be a list of his callings. Well written and quite entertaining considering its subject matter, but for me: yawn. However, overall I really enjoyed it. I even quoted a portion in my recent talk in church. I went away from reading it uplifted and taught. A good read.

  • Jill
    2019-05-19 04:29

    I enjoyed this short and insightful read. I could have enjoyed it a lot more if the author hadn't been quite so impressed with himself - or perhaps a little less obvious about it. Definitely a smart guy, but a little too anxious to wow the reader with his many credentials and much name-dropping. I don't love reading Stephen Covey for the same reasons. For whatever reason, I'm a lot more easily impressed when people aren't so eager to prove how impressive they are.

  • April Fear
    2019-04-26 04:26

    This book is a compilation of the author's talks and essays. I bought the book for the last chapter called "Uses of Adversity". In this chapter and the one previous to it, Br. Broderick helps the reader to understand the purposes of trials in our lives. Unfair things do happen to innocent people. The test is how we handle that unfairness. These chapters gave me much to contemplate.

  • Marcie
    2019-04-28 03:12

    I must admit, this is a book i was pretty reluctant to read just based on the title. It just sounded corny. But when my Mom suggested I read the article "The uses of adversity", i did and devoured the rest. I loved this man's wit but even more his well-studied and down-to-earth perspective on tough topics.

  • Tricia
    2019-05-24 10:32

    I read this book last summer in New York while I was visiting my sister. It was one I found on one of her many bookshelves. For some reason the title just appealed to me. I loved all of the essays, but a paragraph from the one titled "Adversity" just totally and completely changed my life in a single moment. I'll never look at my past in the same way. A great, great book.

  • Susan
    2019-05-13 03:04

    I love this man! He has such a wonderful perspective on life. He has such a quirky sense of humor considering his profession (psychology) isn't well known for that. And in spite of all his accolades, he remained a self-effacing person to the end.

  • Brooke
    2019-05-07 03:23

    This is an excellent book about relationships. I once heard Broderick speak at BYU and became a fan for life, I am so sorry he is not alive anymore. This book touches many different aspects of relationships and dealing with life in general. Read it.

  • Laura
    2019-05-16 10:04

    Hard to get through, in parts, but there was enough wisdom in the final chapter to make the effort very much worthwhile.

  • Kristi Reeves
    2019-05-18 07:29

    I liked the last part of this book better than the first. One of the greatest talks or essays written on why do we have painful things in our life is the last chapter of this book.

  • Robyn
    2019-05-22 02:22

    Totally loved this book. Read lots of it to my husband. Heard him speak at a devotional and loved his style, witty and sharp, very direct and makes you think.

  • Gloria
    2019-04-26 05:25

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. So did Don.

  • Michael
    2019-05-05 08:19

    Two thumbs WAY up. A groundbreaking LDS mental health professional tells it like it is. Johnny Carson even had him on the "Tonight" show.

  • Allen Elggren
    2019-05-17 10:25


  • Leanne
    2019-04-23 09:31

    Fun essays.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-07 10:23

    Great collection of thought provoking essays by Carlfred Broderick. The last essay is the uses of adversity--one of my all time favorite reads and a piece that has influenced me for years.

  • Angela
    2019-05-07 10:08

    Excellent book! So much valuable insight I think I think I'm going to have to get my own copy.

  • Sophia
    2019-05-14 02:29

    I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.Three stars until I hit the later half of the book, where suddenly the essays were talking about things I wonder about.

  • Linda Brough
    2019-05-06 04:15

    Was an okay book... I thought the author was a bit into himself with all his education but was trying to share a good message and his testimony