Thursday, June 16, 2011

Love & Respect

Love & Respect
By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
I was drawn to read the book Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs because I desired a deeper understanding of male/female/ & husband/wife relationships according to God. In this book, Dr. Eggerichs offers an in-depth study of how God says we should relate to each other. Females toward males and males toward females.
Dr. Eggerichs explains that love alone is not enough for a successful relationship God’s way. Respect is a missing piece in the puzzle of life together as husband and wife.
As a Pastor, he counseled many married couples and heard the same thing over and over again, wives said, “he doesn’t love me.” and men said “she doesn’t respect me.” Then he found the secret hidden in Ephesians 5:33 – each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself and the wife must respect her husband.
Men and women are as different as pink and blue. After teaching couples how to decode each others thoughts and feelings, couples have a better understanding of each other. An example: a wife says she has nothing to wear – she means nothing new, and a husband says he has nothing to wear – he means nothing clean.
He energizes relationships by teaching that “his love motivates her respect” and “her respect motivates his love.” These are unconditional according to God and we must do our part even if the other refuses to do theirs. He emphasizes that what matters to God, matters!
This is an encouraging deep study. It gives you the information you need to repair broken relationships, draw closer in existing relationships and trust that God knows what He is doing.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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