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EHS grad authors new book

Many men are clueless when it comes to saying the right things to their wives, but a new book by a local author may help get them on the right track.
Author Tony Stevens used his 10 years of marriage as his inspiration to write his book, “Shower Her With ROSES.”
Stevens, a 1987 graduate of Ennis High School, wrote the book as a guide for husbands who want to learn how to be more encouraging to their wives. Stevens said the book is about supporting your wife in her endeavors and in life. ROSES stands for Respect, Organization, Support, Encouragement and Submission – all of which play a role in supporting your wife, Stevens said.
He got the idea for the book when his wife, Kristin, began selling Mary Kay. Stevens said he noticed that throughout their endeavors in selling the products, many Mary Kay representatives weren’t receiving a lot of support or encouragement from their husbands.
“These husbands needed to be more supportive, and I needed to be more supportive as well,” he said. “I wrote the book in part to make sure that I was doing the right things to support Kristin.”
Stevens said he also wrote the book so his two daughters, Berry, age 7, and Charleigh, 3, would know how they should be treated in a relationship when they get older.
Stevens relied mainly on his own experience in writing the book, but cited the Bible as a reference to help make his points. He said he also learned from watching the way other husbands treated their wives.
“The book is my opinions, my ideas and thoughts about how I thought my wife should be treated,” Stevens said. “There was a lot of trial and error. Many times, I thought I was encouraging her, but she would actually feel defeated.”
Through writing the book, Stevens said he got to take a long look at himself along with relationships in general.
“I learned a lot about myself, and seeing how other men were treating their wives,” he said. “It was a very big learning experience.”
Even though he wrote the book, Stevens admits he still isn’t a perfect husband. But he can better understand when he isn’t giving enough support to his wife, and then try to make it right. He hopes other men can do the same after reading his book.
“I want readers to understand that they’re in good company,” Stevens said. “I want them to be able to recognize when they aren’t being supportive and attempt to correct it.”
He credits much of his success to Kristin, who was good about communicating how she felt instead of giving him the silent treatment.
“I have at least 10 years of practice with Kristin with what I put in the book,” he said.
Tate Publishing, a company in Oklahoma, published the book in the fall. The 128-page paperback is available online at Amazon, Borders and Barnes and Noble. His first book signing was at Borders in Mesquite on Saturday.
After graduating from Ennis, Stevens attended Stephen F. Austin University and graduated in 1991. He works in the financial industry and currently lives in Houston with his family.

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