I received a complimentary copy of The Language of Love and Respect from Thomas Nelson for review quite a few months back and it has taken me FOREVER to get through this book!! It started out quite well with Mr. Mac and I reading it together at night but then things got busy! I decided to go ahead and read some on my own but it just couldn't hold my attention and at times I thought it was repeating itself. Over all I give this book a "B" because although at times hard to follow, it really does offer a lot of great advice!
I thought that I wouldn't get anything out of this book because I do have a good marriage, but we all know marriage in general isn't always bliss. For me it helped explain communication which at times is a hindrance in my marriage - proper communication is key. No matter how great your marriage is I feel you will get something out of this book (just skim through the parts that repeat itself).
I wish someone would have given it to me as a newly wed. It would have saved me a lot of trial and error, especially early in my marriage.
One of my favorite parts is when Mr. Eggerichs talks about the Energizing Cycle. (There are a lot of "cycles" that he says couples go through so I won't even bother to list any but this one). During this cycle couples are practicing the Love and Respect Principles. To show their love husbands live out the acronym C-O-U-P-L-E; closeness, openess, understanding, peacemaking, loyalty and esteem. The wife shows her respect living out the acronym C-H-A-I-R-S; conquest, heirarchy, authority, insight, relationship and sexuality.
These two principles really make so much sense and seem to be right on target in relation to what men and women really need from their spouse. Really quite an informative book!
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