Student’s Name Lecturer’s Name Course Date Book Review of John Stewart’s Book “Bridges Not Walls” Bridges not Walls a book written by John Stewart lead a reader through a path of interpersonal communication using various aspects and contribution of multiple authors through the varied nature of their work. The book has a total of four parts and 12 chapters. However in this review the case study will concentrate on Chapter one up to chapter six and chapter twelve. The report will also provide a personal view of the book critique and applications of the book’s content of various scenarios in the day to day activities. Summary Four readings in chapter 2 serve to introduce the relational approach to interpersonal communication. In this primer John Stewart argues that the quality of one’s life is connected to the quality of one's communication. Also it shows that communication is more than just implement in day to day activities so that I can improve my interpersonal communication style and relationships both personally and professionally. One important of such strategies is dialogue. I will probably have different views on various aspects and in one way or another conflict of ideas may arise. Using elements of dialogue I will be able to come up with an agreement where my opinions and ideas of the other party share a common ground. Therefore the dialogue will help me not only reduce stress in a workplace but also it will be of great assistance in establishing a strong bond and relationship with my colleagues and workmates. Hence this book will enable me to build bridges mainly so that I can be able to communicate with everyone no matter the circumstance as it is an insightful and wonderful book that covers various aspects of our daily interpersonal communication. [...]
This Practical Book Review provides an opportunity for you to reflect on, respond to, and evaluate the ideas and concepts in Petersen’s (2015) Why Don’t We Listen Better? based on your own life experiences and apply them to your own journey. Your review must be organized under the 4 section headings Summary, Response, Critique, and Application, specific directions for which are provided below. Each section must be approximately 400 words (a 10% deviation in either direction is acceptable). Your review must be well written and organized, free of grammar and other writing errors, and formatted according to current APA style. A title page and a reference page are expected, but an abstract is not needed. Also, you may use the first person pronoun in all sections except the summary. Summary Provide a concise, objective overview of the main concepts, principles, and strategies articulated in the book. You may include a few short quotes to describe key ideas; however, rely mainly on paraphrasing. Do not simply annotate the table of contents or revise an existing description of the book. Rather, demonstrate understanding of the content. Response Articulate a personalized response that demonstrates meaningful reflection on the core content. What parts of this book are about you? Did any of the stories or descriptions trigger a memory? What insights did you gain about your own interpersonal communication skills and habits? Did you identify with any of the communication traps? Critique Evaluate the book from your own point-of-view. What questions emerged as you were reading? What aspects were particularly helpful to you? Were any of the concepts unclear or insufficiently developed? Compare and/or contrast Petersen’s ideas with related concepts in at least 2 of the other required course texts (and list these on the reference page along with the Petersen text). Application Looking forward, apply what you have learned to your own interpersonal arena. What changes do you need to make in light of the information gleaned from Petersen’s book? Describe strategies and techniques that you plan to implement in order to improve your interpersonal communication style and enhance your relationships, both personally and professionally. The Practical Book Review of the Petersen Text is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 5.