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There were clear sections for husbands and wives specifically and how each could show their partner how they love and/or respect them.
It provided a lot of examples from real couples.
It was nice to hear the actual author reading his own work, so I didn't have to guess where emphasis should have been added.
I didn't realize it was the abridged version, so reading along to the Kindle book was hard (I'd have to stop for sections the author skipped over). Would love the unabridged version and for it to be Whisper-Sync ready.
So many Marriage Strengthening books are biased and bash men or women. This author does a great job of pointing out potential pitfalls and common issues affecting both men and women equally. He does a great job explaining men to women, and women to men, in ways which we can understand each other. I especially appreciate how he compared the problems affecting women in modern society with Gods instructions found in scripture.
This book was able to show me how the way I say things and phrase things can be taken as disrespectful by my husband. I thought I was being helpful and loving, but I was actually making him feel badly, like he was not capable of meeting my needs.
My husband and I are opposites in every way. I've always been more like most men where emotions are concerned and my husband is more emotional and reactional. He is the one who needs to talk and I am the stonewaller, but it did help me to understand how the way I word things or expressions can be taken wrong.
I always think it's great to have the author as the reader. It helps you "connect" with the author better, especially when it is a book designed to help you better yourself.
I wanted to, but it's a bit long for doing that.
Understanding for the first time the importance of respect to him,-- where I've done poorly for him, and how to improve things for the both of us. I am not a Christian, and I had to let a lot of that slide by, but I found the essence of his message to be very sound, and very important to me right now.
The anecdotes that illustrate his major points.
The point about the importance of acting with respect even if I'm not filled with respectful feelings at the particular moment. Not in a phony way, but as expression of humility and acceptance of his leadership in our life together. And that acting respectfully alllows him to trust my love for him.
An enormous resource for me as we have entered a 'taken in hand' relationship, to better understanding that for him, expressing respect is the most essential element.
Simple, Educated, and Faithful to Scripture
Part 3: The Reward Cycle
I realized how I was failing as a husband, and what I need to do moving forward. This book took all the advice I got from people, including priests, and gave me the tools I needed to be ok with my circumstances and have hope for my hurting marriage.
For those that are on the brink of divorced, maybe have divorced or in the process, you should take a day to read this cover to cover (or listen to it). If you have a good marriage and want a GREAT marriage, I would also give this book your time.
After 20 years of marriage I FINALLY understand why my husband doesn't understand me and vice versa. We have a "good" marriage but now I know we can actually have a GREAT marriage. The rest of our years are going to be the BEST of our years!
He lays it out there
all of it I enjoyed
none in particular
laughed and cried
no I did nogt
I would recommend this book because you learned how to improve your relationship with your spouse.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
I am happily married but I learned a few important things about relationship and what each other needs, emotionally, to be happy. I think it also applies to other relationships. Encourage anyone to read this book. It's fast and an easy listen. Useful. Why not try to provide what the loved ones in your life need? Good advice on stopping the hot and cold cycles in relationships. Has a lot of Christian reference but if that doesn't work for you, just ignore it as the message is good for anyone of any faith, or lack thereof.