Love & Respect takes a unique biblical perspective on marriage that is lost in most relationship books. The love language of man is spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It is clearly lined out for us in Ephesians 5. He seeks to explain how this should function and how men and women get into a aggravating cycle that can often lead to destruction.
Emerson has written an excellent book on marriage. I have heard it preached many times that women crave love and men crave respect. What this book did was give me some insight into how certain words and phrases could be disrespectful and defeating to my husband. It opened my eyes to how things I do or say may be perceived by him. Even in what I would say is an excellent marriage, I often wonder how I can do things better or build my husband up more. This is a phenomenal resource. Stop being critical of your mate and honor him. I loved it. I would put it in my top two books on marriage. There is a lot of junk on the marital market. This is not one of those books.
There are always cons to everything. The only thing that would bother me would be the wording he would choose to talk about his wife's behavior. Once he was talking about her badgering him about picking up his clothes of the floor and how she had to love him as a sloppy man. I thought that this man is grown and he should pick up after himself. To me, that's bad advice. Honor your wife as one who desires to make the house run smoothly.
This truly is an great resource that challenged me to look deep within my own actions and motives toward my husband. It made me desire in an ever greater capacity to build him up so that he can thrive as a man deeply honored and respected. Grab this for Valentine's Day and let your man know that you respect him. You'll never seem more sexier than when you build him up.
This book was graciously given by Thomas Nelson Publishers for review.
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