Day 2 of 3 Giveaways for the Heart and Soul

Giveaway #2:
The Journal of Best Practices
by David Finch

“Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along.”
David Finch

There are a lot of reasons David Finch’s memoir, Journal of Best Practices, landed on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s heartwarming. It’s honest. It has pita-bread-posing-as-talking-vagina sandwiches. And even though the book is written against the backdrop of an autism diagnosis and David does stunning work to normalize the Asperger experience, its real power lies in normalizing the marriage experience and championing the transformative work of learning to love each other well.

“At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, but it doesn’t make him any easier to live with.

“Determined to change, David sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband with an endearing yet hilarious zeal. His methods for improving his marriage involve excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, the Journal of Best Practices: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies, including ‘Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along’ and ‘Apologies do not count when you shout them.’

“Filled with humor and surprising wisdom, The Journal of Best Practices is a candid story of ruthless self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism spectrum condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all.”

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Robin Jingjit!
Check your e-mail box, Robin.

To Enter This Giveaway:

Leave a comment (perhaps about marriage or living with special powers or pita bread) on this blog post by 11:00am (Pacific Time) on Saturday, December 29th. One entry per person, please.

This drawing is open to international participants ’cause this is my blog and I can do whatever I want.

The winner will be selected using a random number generator and posted on Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned for a final giveaway then!

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with David and Kristen Finch. They don’t know I’m doing this. All costs are incurred by yours truly. I just think this book is a fun, funny, beautifully honest read and that it helps folks feel less alone.

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
61 comments
  1. Sounds like a fascinating read. Would love to win this…but I never in anything 😉 still worth a shot though

  2. Wow, awesome!!! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks a lot – what a great start to the day~

  3. I would love to read this, I’ve always suspected my dad of having Asperger’s. Even if he didn’t, I think a Journal of Best Practices would have been useful!

  4. I had an urge to make pita bread one summer day when the heat/humidity index was off the charts. This was stupid because I had to crank my oven to 500 degrees and crank my air conditioning to compensate. It WAS an amazing process and turned out awesome pita bread. My Lebanese neighbors son saw what I was doing and said, yeah, my mom just buys that stuff. Is love to win the book.

  5. Haha! This book looks fantastic. Thanks for doing this giveaway, Beth!

  6. I would love to add this book to my reading for 2013!!!

  7. Sounds good. Our 15th anniversary is coming up in a few days and I bet Nate wishes I had a list of best practices to make the next 15 even better…but I don’t have asperger’s…I can just be a bit relationally dense sometimes!

  8. It looks really interesting! Thanks for the great review.

  9. This is an amazing book. I’d love to win this for my friend. 🙂

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