Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Language of Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs


* Special Thursday Book Review Post *

Recently I read The Language of Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. This is not a book I’d ordinarily go for, but I thought a little brush up on marital communication might serve me well. It served me adequately. It might be important to understand I’ve explored so much on this topic before. I’ve read up, attended classes and listened extra carefully whenever our pastor preached sermons on communication. I thrive on improving my marriage. This book inspired me only a fraction in that arena.

I learned some new acronyms though and for that I’m grateful. I also appreciated how Dr. Eggerichs uses multiple examples from his own marriage within the book. That vulnerable authentic approach appeals to me. The book is written for the pragmatic, systematic thinker, of which I’m neither. I’m all for outlines and examples but something about this read felt overdone, as though I attended a lecture three hours too long and was forced to doddle while tapping my leg, anxious to exit my seat.

I laughed when I read about “the crazy cycle,” agreed with scriptural references and overall felt the book could prove beneficial for some marriages.

The concept = valuable. The acronyms = helpful. The repetitiveness = longwinded & aggravating.

I’m thankful to read all kinds of books (this one included) for BookSneeze (love that new name…hysterical and yet catchy...catchy, HA!).

14 comments:

  1. Interesting review Wendy. They say it's so important in writing to bring something new and innovative to your work. It sounds as though maybe the author hasn't succeeded in doing this?

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  2. I've read this book, I thought it was informative and right on the mark so to speak. Even though I've been married over 27 years---always want to continue to learn how to be a better wife!

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  3. Good review Wendy! I don't think it ever hurts to brush up on our marital reltationship needs.

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  4. Thanks for the review Wendy. My husband and I are reading The Love Dare. Awesome! The exercises are wonderful tools to strengthen our bond and reconnect.

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  5. I'll watch for that book. It never hurts to work on improving a marriage.

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  6. Great, honest review. I like BookSneeze too! :O)

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  7. Thanks for your thoughts, Wendy. I'd never heard of this book before.

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  8. Great Review! Praying your new year is off to a blessed start!
    God bless!
    Cherie

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  9. Excellent review! And you have more patience than me. I probably would've stopped reading when I felt I'd learned what I needed to. :)

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  10. Thanks for an honest review. Have a good one.

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  11. Ah, it lightens my load. Yes it does.

    Thank you, thank you, for writing an honest mixed review.

    I did one this week and felt like I had betrayed someone. I am soooo glad I am not alone.

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  12. Good review!
    I found after reading "A Woman After God's Own Heart" and doing some thngs to honor my hubby more, I was blessed in return by his actions. Ever read it?

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  13. Thanks for the heads up on this book! :)

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  14. I went to this conference and then bought the DVDs. Powerful truths.

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