"How often do you actually put into practice what you learn from reading nonfiction books (if you read nonfiction, that is)?"I read nonfiction in phases. When I was in University I read it a lot more than I do now - and not just textbooks. I went through a major self-help phase. I can't think of anything particular at the moment but I know there are some things that I put into practice. I think you have to decide what works best in your own life. Just because someone who is a supposed authority writes a book on a subject - doesn't mean it's what's necessarily going to work in your life.
Does anyone remember the John Gray books, about men and Mars and Women and Venus? Sorry, I don't remember the exact titles. I know I read one (maybe two) while at University and had to laugh at a lot of it. Yes, some of it made sense but a lot of it was just funny to me. I also remember thinking a fair amount of it seemed like common sense to me. For example, if my husband has a bad day or we're having a disagreemnet, it seems logical to me to let him have some space and quiet time. I remember the book saying something about men needing to go in their cave. Well guess what? I need to go off alone sometimes, too. Am I going to my cave? LOL I really have nothing against these books. I just think that with nonfiction, you read the book and apply common sense. Then I figure out what works best for my family and I.