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Love and Respect For A Lifetime, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

In Book Reviews, nonfiction, social science, Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Love And Respect For A Lifetime, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ newly published book on marriage offers little more than the redundant restating of the Golden Rule.  While admittedly wise phrases and tidbits grace the pages of Eggerichs’ book, it does not offer couples any real advice on how to deal with issues it recognizes as areas of conflict in marriage such as money, child rearing, sex, or communication.

Eggerichs’ book also suffers from what I refer to as ADHD publishing.  Many of the 153 pages have only one sentence centered on an otherwise empty space, reminding this avid reader of a child’s book.  Boasting more than thirty years of counseling and research, Eggerichs states in his introduction, “Using these powerful tools, you can save a struggling marriage from the divorce court or a ‘ho-hum’ marriage from boredom and concealed bitterness.”   Unfortunately, no tools are discovered in the six separate sections of the book beyond vague statements such as this one from section 1, entitled The Wisdom of Love & Respect, “Here is the secret to marriage that every couple seeks, yet few couples ever find…Unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her.  It’s the secret that will help you achieve a brand new level of intimacy.”

In the end, Eggerichs’ 153 pages do state one obvious truth that is powerful marital advice.  Love your neighbor (treat your spouse) as you wish to be treated.  Practice this second most important commandment and save the $15.99 you would have spent on Eggerichs’ book.

Recommendation:  * _ _ _ _ (one out of five stars)

Do not confuse this book with Dr. Eggerichs’ Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs, which is a much larger book.  The covers of these books are almost identical.  I read this complimentary copy of Love & Respect For A Lifetime courtesy of Booksneeze.  The opinions in my review are solely my own.

~Moira Naveen

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