Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Love and Respect

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs Published by Thomas Nelson

Marriage isn't easy. Many people struggle with it. That would explain the abundance of books written on improving your marriage and how to be a better spouse. Dr. Eggerichs claims that his theory is different than those already out there. He says that many of them focus on love, but that something is more important to men than love; that would be respect. He proposes that while women need to feel loved, men need to feel respected. He gives many examples from his many years of counseling and lecturing experience. He also gives practical suggestions to men and women on how they can address this need within their relationships. This book does not exclude the need for men to love their wives and he helps men to see what sort of things fill their wives up.I admit, I thought the first section was long and a bit repetitive. Overall, the book is well written and I believe the advice is well given. I personally do not know anyone who has implemented this theory in their marriage relationship, but would be interested to talk with those who have made it work. Writing on marriage is a very tricky thing as there are so many variables. The advice given is food for thought, but applying it, of course, does not guarantee results.

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