I have to thank the people who wrote critiques of my book. First of all, they took the time to read it. Also, it takes guts to tell someone you know that you didn't like something in his work or, indeed, any part of it.
And that's what the book is about: giving readers what these critics already have - courage in their relationships with other people.
The book tries to build courage by convincing people that their feelings are, for the most part, garbage. That's fantastic news because if your fears are nonsense, you're actually safe and if you're safe, you have no reason to be afraid.
Even people who are generally my boosters, however, were not overly enthusiastic in their reviews so I have to conclude that something went wrong. I don't believe it's the content so I'm going to guess it was the delivery and, in fact, no one liked the format.
I wanted the book to be very easy to read so, I kept it short and I put the discussion in the form of a conversation between two people because this would allow me to use very colloquial language. However, no one seemed to find that particularly useful.
People also complained that the conversation lacked wit. They expected some humour and I must confess that working out the ideas and putting them into a form that was easy to read was difficult for me so that by the time I was finished I did not have the urge to re-write it and, besides, I'm not that funny.
Now, I might rewrite the book in a straight prose style to see if that will help the ideas to come across with more impact. No one commented on them and I think they are good because I not only tried to make a case with my basic ideas but I tried to answer all of the questions that might arise from them so that no loose threads were left hanging.
Then, finally, after I write a prose version, I might try to write a third that is more like my radio show. At that point, with three tries under my belt, I should get it right.