I recently joined Booksneeze.com and received my very first book to review! The book I received was Love and Respect for a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.
I was actually a little disappointed when I first received it. I was expecting a full-sized book with lots of pages and words! It’s a small book, and as I started to read, almost seemed like a flippant little coffee table book with lots of pages with one or two sentences such as “A woman needs love like she needs air to breathe. A man needs respect like he needs air to breathe.” But as I continued, the premise of the book (which is exactly that statement above!) made so much sense to me as I thought about my marriage and some of our arguments! The author reminds us that the bible says, in Ephesians 5:33 (NIV): “Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Sometimes we take that verse negatively and feel less as women because our job is to respect. As I read the book though, it was exciting to take it in another direction, to be reminded that God knows what we each need as men and women in a relationship and that He urges us to treat one another in that way! The author includes a chapter on both love and respect, and also on communicating love and respect. The author continued to have pages with only a quote, or small story, but I actually very much like this style in this book. The author has one main point and expounds upon it, giving some anecdotes as well as suggestions on how to put it into practice. I think because it is short and succinct, it will be a great book to use as a couple! My husband is not a reader, in Spanish or English (his first language is Spanish), so a simple book that we can read together, translating as we go as needed is just what we need! Especially when it seemed to be written just for us! It would be a great book for any couple to start out with. And I love that I could pick it up occasionally and revisit and refresh myself with these ideas in a short amount of time.
So overall, this was a fabulous book, with a great premise and is NOT, as I first feared, fluffy and superficial. It’s a great book for a couple to read together and discuss, even when one or the other does not really enjoy reading. My husband and I will be discussing this book together one day very soon, and I’m excited to see how it changes our relationship!
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