Monday, October 12, 2009

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ book “Love and Respect” is a well written book filled with practical advice for husband and wives; unfortunately, I found the book to be a little too “clinical” and desperately hard to get in to and get through.

A few positive things about the book is that Dr. Eggerichs does a good job using God’s Word to outline his principles and he gives practical tips on how to provide a woman love and a man respect. As a wife, his bulleted points were very helpful and practical. Applying them to my husband, I found them to be spot on.

Lastly, despite the book being sort of a difficult read for me, I enjoyed the book’s foundation that we ought to love and respect one another because of our love for Christ; not just our love for our spouse or for our desire to have a better marriage. Sometimes in a marriage it can feel as though your spouse “doesn’t deserve” love and/or respect but the author does a good job of showing the reader it isn’t about the spouse so much as it is about honoring Christ.

The best part of this book is the Appendix in the back that gives bulleted questions to ask yourself and things to remember of “what to say, do, or think to practice love and respect in your marriage”. I found this chapter to be the most helpful, practical and stimulating.

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