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The Complex Infrastructure Known as the Female Mind: According to Relient K [Paperback]

By Relient K (Author) & Mark Nichols (Author)
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Members of the Christian rock band Relient K expound on their experiences observing the opposite sex. Detailing some of the "girl types" they've encountered, they share personal stories and biblical advice for girls of any type to become women of God.

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In "The Complex Infrastructure Known as the Female Mind," Relient K expounds on their experiences observing the opposite sex. Detailing some of the "girl types" they've encountered--like the Homecoming Queen, The Athlete, and The Overachiever--they share personal stories and biblical advice for girls of any type to become women of God.

The band's fun attitude is present throughout the book in quizzes, lists, personal stories, and more

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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Edition  New  
ISBN  0849944961  
ISBN13  9780849944963  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Complex Infrastructure Known As Female Mind?

Even if its for girls...  Mar 28, 2007
...I read this as a guy.

This book is a pseudo-biography of their life of girls. Its as if they wanted girls to read the book because they're a popular band as opposed to writing a book with content. If you're looking for advice, this book has very little amounts of it in the ladder end of the book (basically during the relationship section). Basically, the overall book is too shallow and lacked real advice that could be applied for both guys and girls when either being with yourself or friends (guys and girls alike). Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but I think the Band (and the author who helped) had the target consumer in mind rather than a good book that everyone (not just the female RK fans) would read.
amazing book!  Jan 9, 2007
this book is full of insightful knowledge for teenage girls. it includes girl-guy relationships as well as relationships with your girl friends. i read it cover to cover and enjoyed every minute of it. relient k put in their own unique sense of humor to make this an enjoyable and interesting read. i 100% recommmend this book to anyone!
Sorry Relient K  Nov 10, 2006
I love Relient K, but let's be honest: bands should not write books. I thought this book might at least be interesting to read, but it's seems like a book for junior-highers or something. This book is not recommended. Sorry Relient K.
Disappointed . . .actually very disappointed.   Aug 14, 2006
The book was definitely geared towards those in junior high and high school. The authors admit at the beginning that they have no business writing a book, and the book seems to confirm that. It seems that they were just asked to write a book, b/c their name would sell it. They said that they merely speaking from observation, but yet their observations do not edify or encourage, but are actually reinforce the stereo types that youth are bombarded with already.

One problem was that the majority of the book attempted to "type" girls, which each time was extremely stereo-typical, and painted each type in a bad light. For example, there is the jock, the geek, the drama queen, etc. but they just call them by different names. I couldn't quite understand why one would want to read descriptions of 1)stereo-types, but 2) stereo types that are making fun of each type.

The reason I am writing this review is that I have worked with adolescent girls for many years through youth ministry, and I would not want them to read this. Their typing of girls is shallow, especially in light of the audience they are writing to, which are girls who are in the midst of discovering their identity. And that's not to mention the fact that adolescents already make fun of each other enough, and so they certainly do not need a book that builds up the negative aspects of each stereotype.

And while the authors are certainly guys, I felt their descriptions of guys was even off. Maybe they were describing themslevs, but the way they stereo-typed guys seemed to reinforce negative aspects of being a male. I think it's just that I've seen guys who have broken stereo-types and that was b/c they found their identity in Christ and not in the world. For example, the authors stated that girl best friends may say "I love you," but you would never catch a guy doing that. One may never see a high school guy say that to another guy, but when guys mature, they can and do say that when they are secure with who they are and who they are in Christ.

In addition, they spoke of different male/female relationships. Even here the picture that was painted by the authors was one where girls and guys could use each other to meet their own needs as long as they made it clear that they were not interested in each other. The problem that they failed to mention is that hearts easily get drawn out. The relationships that were mentioned may unfortunately exist, and I certainly have been involved in them, but it's not to be enocouraged, and yet the authors say nothing about the pitfalls of such relationships.

I recognize that these guys are Christian, but the lessons that they teach whether about different types of girls, the description of guys, or the various relationships that are found between girls and guys simply reinforces the world's fallen ways of doing things. I read a lot of books and while I am not always thrilled with them, I have not ever been as frustrated and disappointed by a book until today.
it grew on me  Feb 28, 2006
I have been an avid relient k fan for many years now and i jumped at the chance to be able to read a book by them. I was thoroughly disapointed upon reading the introduction because they said that the book was for girls, now since i spent money on the book, I decided I would still read it. Halfway through the book, i was still skeptical, but at the end of the vanilla pudding chapter, I liked the book. I found this book useful, both for girls, and guys. I would recommend it to anyone.

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