Yes, I am recommending this book to all my friends and couples.
Love and Respect is the foundation of every good marriage. Every book on marriage I have ever read depends on the foundation explained clearly in Love & Respect.
Eggerichs explains what I have felt for 35 years of marriage but have never been able to explain. This book should be required reading for every couple.
understanding , communication, and revelation.
The acronyms C.O.U.P.L.E. and C.H.A.I.R.
Yes he was real and you could sense his heart for couples.
The truth behind the pink and blue accessories.
My friend suggested this book and even though my wife and I are satisfied in our relationship; I got it on audio book because we are always in the van. We listened to it a piece at a time and it re-established some truths back into our marriage that we had overlooked.
I really enjoyed Emerson's approach to Marriage. It has improved our marriage (just a little) in the last few weeks. I've purchased a paper copy and I hope to continue to implementing the C.O.U.P.L.E.S. strategy to show my love for my wife.
It is a Biblically based look at the husband and wife dynamic.
The Five Love Languages. Both books teach that the husband and wife are different people, with different styles of communication. However, if you don't know how to best communicate your love for your spouse your marriage will suffer. The good news is that you can learn to effectively love your spouse.
I initially thought the book was a little harsh on the wife. I was hesitant to re-listen to it with my wife because she is a very strong woman and I though she might react negatively to the first few section of the book and not get to the excellence that comes later. Of course, like many of my assumption about my wife I was wrong. She loved the book too and didn't hear the harshness I heard. God is Good!
I tried to end it there but audible requires at least 15 words. So I say once again. Fantastic, Period.
I love learning about new things, theories and history by way of audible. I like reading actual books for fiction :)
I liked parts of this book and believe parts of this book. But it's very biblical based and the principals are this: The husband must always show love to the wife (regardless of if he feels it at the time) and the wife must always show respect (wether she feels it at the time or not). It pretty much goes on and on about this, but doesn't really educate on how to show love or respect if that is not what you are feeling..... Eg. If the wife feels strongly that the husband is about to make a bad decision, she must respect this and keep quiet, again and again.... and vice versa... PLUS... when it talks about who should start showing love or respect first, he suggests it should be the woman whom should always show respect first, claiming the husband will come around...... I am a female and I don't feel like I need have love expressed to me all the time - definitely want to be respected... and guess I'm much more of a details person and this book more goes on about just those two principals..... Hope that helps.
Great book, but misrepresented as unabridged. This is abridged, as you call tell easily by listening while reading along in the book.
As another reviewer mentioned, this book is not unabridged. The author's narration left much to be desired. It was choppy, halting and juicy in places. (Saliva sounds came through on the recording. Ick.)
The book could be sold as part of a series of three along with "Captivating" and "Wild at Heart" by the Eldredges. If you related to those books, this one will be a good one for you. If not, you could read it, but take much of it with a grain of salt. He has boxes that he believes men and women fit very neatly into, so if that's not your belief/experience you'll have to sift through for things that apply and resist the urge to stomp on your MP3 player when he expresses his certainty about how each gender behaves and thinks.
The book is pretty middle of the line, not straight male hierarchy, not egalitarian but complimentarian hierarchy. (Men and women compliment each other but the guy is still in charge.)
As an aside, he comes across much more harshly in his descriptions of women than of men. And there is an awful lot of self congratulation throughout.
Tried to read the book , but it was when I put it on the ipod that it started to sink in . He talks about a Man's need for respect and a woman's need for love. I could see the issues that the author talks about in our life. Easy to listen to , a book that works !
***I am going to need to listen to it again and again, and hopefully it'll get better. The book seems to sound like a broken record for me right now. There really isn't a good explanation of the subject and is quite one(male) sided on the issue. I will update...