Monday, March 26, 2007

Love & Respect – Emerson Eggerichs

“The love she most desires; the respect he desperately needs.” The subtitle sums up the concept of the marriage conference that spawned this book. Along with his wife, Eggerichs began the conferences in 1999 based on his years as a pastor and marriage counselor.

This is another of those books that my wife and I have found helpful in our evening time together. Without giving the whole of the advice away, and attempting not to squeeze all that’s said into one pithy saying, Eggerichs’ premise is that marriage should be based on a scriptural mandate: “Each of you should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33) He then explains that most married couples find themselves on “The Crazy Cycle” that destroys feelings and feeds on itself. He offers advice on how to get off the Crazy Cycle and onto the “Energizing Cycle” which allows us to make each other feel good about ourselves, our marriage, and our spouse.

I recommend this book for two kinds of couples—those who see their marriages going down the drain but have a deep desire to rescue it; and those who want to enrich their already great marriage, making it better still.

—Benjamin Potter, March 2007

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