Monday, May 17, 2010

Book Review: Love & Respect

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Lost Meaning of Ephesians 5:33

Ephesians 5:33 (NIV) states: “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”  I think most of us GET the “love” part; yet tend to overlook the “respect” part.  In his book, Dr. Eggerichs unpacks this verse for us with plenty of personal stories, scientific studies on gender differences, and additional scripture.  Eggerichs explains and illustrates the impact of this verse on relationships with what he calls the “Crazy Cycle” - that a man needs respect to show a woman love and a woman needs love to show the man respect and when that chain gets broken somewhere along the way, we end up in the “crazy cycle” of the husband feeling disrespected and the wife feeling unloved.  Fortunately, Eggerichs gives very real, very practical examples of how to break free of this doomed pattern.

 “Love & Respect” certainly challenged me, inspired me (and most of all, instructed me!) in how to be a better wife.  I also know that even if my husband never reads this book, he will be a better husband because of how I treat him (and how God intervenes!).  So whether you are thinking about getting married, hope one day to get married, have been married for 1 year or 50 years, I think there is something in this book for you!

-Katie Casey
Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger

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1 comment:

Lindy said...

I LOVE this book! My husband and I both read it before we got married, and the reading at our wedding was Ephesians 5:33. :-)

Congrats on the baby boy, you both must be so excited!!

-Lindy Rhodes