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Nov 09

Erin Recommends: The Journal of Best Practices

Journal of Best PracticesThe Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband

David Finch


Erin says:

This is an enjoyable read for most – including those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or loving someone who does.

It important to see that being neurodiverse is not a limitation – it is simply a difference.  This memoir is a engaging tale of one couple confronting the challenges honestly while giving the reader unique access to their relationship.

I hope that by reading this book, individuals are able to look at their partners differently and with greater compassion – fostering renewed efforts to communicate and connect with the uniqueness of every individual.

From the Publisher

A warm and hilarious memoir by a man diagnosed with Asperger syndrome who sets out to save his relationship.

Five years after David Finch married Kristen, the love of his life, they learned that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explained David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, but it didn’t make him any easier to live with.

Determined to change, David set out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband with an endearing 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.” David transforms himself from the world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest. He becomes the husband he’d always meant to be.

Filled with humor and 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 is the key to happy marriage.

The Author

David Finch grew up on a farm in northern Illinois and attended the University of Miami, where he studied Music Engineering Technology. In 2008 he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. His essay, “Somewhere Inside, a Path to Empathy” appeared in The New York Times and became the basis for this book. David lives in northern Illinois with his wife Kristen and two children and is still a total nerd.

About Erin Johnston

Erin is a psychotherapist based in Chicago Illinois.  She works with those who are tired of the emotional roller coaster that seems to take control of their lives and relationships. She doesn’t see her clients as broken but believes they are doing their best and wants to help clients develop and implement the skills to respond to the ups and downs of life with greater control and clarity.

…. Find out more about Erin here.