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Average Married Dad’s Guide to Health, Wealth and a Sexy Marriage by Alex Peck

average-married-dad-guideThis book is the best introduction to the red pill I’ve ever read.

I met Alex Peck (aka Average Married Dad) last month in Madison, Wisconsin (long story: I was on the road trip from hell). After a raucous night of pounding beers with him and his friend, he sent me a copy of his book to review. I’ll freely admit that part of me was not looking forward to it. I like Alex, but I’ve reviewed so many books in this genre already that the thought of another fills me with dread.

Which meant I was doubly impressed by just how good this book is.

Average Married Dad’s Guide to Health, Wealth and a Sexy Marriage is one of the most comprehensive, well thought-out and useful self-help guides I’ve ever read. Despite the subtitle “For 30-40 Somethings,” I’d recommend this book to just about any man looking for factually-based health and financial advice. The depth and accessibility of Alex’s book make it a truly stand-out effort.

And what makes Alex a great ambassador of the red pill (as it were) is his plain-spoken style. Rather than bury you in an avalanche of dweeby terminology, he explains concepts in a simple, direct fashion, communicating complex ideas so effortlessly that anyone can understand them:

My opinion on diet has changed a great deal over the years, and I believe we’ve finally found a sustainable and healthy diet that works very well for us. This is supported by our own anecdotal evidence, cause and effect adverse relationships with certain food, and by basic blood work conducted as part of regular physical exams. The diet we follow flies completely in the face of our own government’s USDA recommendations, but is strongly supported by actual scientific, as well as tons of anecdotal evidence, of its whole life benefits. It behooves you to at least read this section and consider giving it a shot to see if you benefit as well. Again, finding full consensus on any diet recommendation will be impossible , so it is up to you to separate the wheat from the chafe (probably a poor analogy given my lack of love for wheat, as you’ll see). It is up to you to determine if the dietary changes result in positive life changes or negative, and will be supported by your own experience, health and blood work.

Average Married Dad’s Guide is separated into three parts, each focusing on a vital aspect of maintaining a healthy marriage. Diet and exercise form the first part, while the second concentrates on maintaining the marriage itself by staying attractive to your wife and the like. Alex manages to touch on everything from the collapse of marriage as an institution to game without sounding like a crazed ideologue, making his book an ideal one to recommend to your blue pill buddies:

Women, upon digesting the feminism doctrine or maybe seeing it for the first time without the obligations of raising children, are finally trying to get away from the “oppression” of their husband and seek adventure to “find themselves.” Their parental duty is either now satisfied or never began, and the “death do us part” portion of the marital vows have since lost their taboo. Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, the demographics related to age and death statistics of previous generations don’t apply today, meaning more wives are experiencing the 30- or 40-year “itch” to dump the stable suburban life for something more grandeur or exciting. In their mind’s eye they see their future life like the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, with grand adventures, and all they need is a change of scenery (sans husband).

The final part of the book focuses on personal finance: planning for the future, avoiding debt, and the like. While a lot of the info might seem like old hat to some, Average Married Dad’s Guide is so thorough and rich that it’s worth buying on that basis alone. Unlike most self-help writers in this part of the Internet, he also buttresses his arguments with an army of citations, showing that he went to great lengths to make the book as accurate as possible.

Overall, I highly recommend Average Married Dad’s Guide to any man interested in solid information on fitness, personal finance and marriage. While Alex’s target audience of married thirty- and fortysomethings will get the most out of his book, men outside of that demographic will benefit from it as well.

Click here to buy Average Married Dad’s Guide to Health, Wealth and a Sexy Marriage.

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  • Laguna Beach Fogey

    Do you have any book recommendations for the Above-Average Single Dude?