So… I got this book a couple of weeks ago. The title sounded interesting enough. But it wasn’t until the book arrived that I thought that I might have made a mistake agreeing to read this book. The last thing that I want to do is to insult the author with my opinion of her work.
I have to say that I am so glad that I did request to read this book. I wasn’t expecting it, but i was inspired by it.
I finished reading this book today – Mother’s Day. I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom today – oh how I miss her. More so recently. I think that perhaps this little 170 page book had something to do with it. My mother had this habit (one I found truly annoying when I was a young bride) of “peace at all cost”. She used to make me crazy with what I thought at the time were her “old-fashioned” ideas about what makes for a happy husband and happy home and therefore a happy wife. I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that her ideas were not so old-fashioned… nope they were remarkably on point.
My parents were married 63 years before mom when home to Heaven. I can honestly say – and my siblings will concur – that I do not ever remember my parents raising their voices to each other. Never… Ever. I’m not saying that they didn’t have arguments or disagreements. I’m sure they did. But never once did my mom do anything that would taint our respect for our father. She treated him with respect and dignity… AND he treated her as the Princess she was. She showed him every day, in every way, that she loved and cherished him and that she was proud to be his wife and the mother of his children. They had a love that went as deep as love can go.
So… I want to thank the author of this book – Jennifer Flanders – for sharing her life, thoughts, and insights with us. And I urge you to think about picking up this book, not just for yourself, but for the other women – of all ages – in your life.
As always, I am required to post an online review of books that I receive. Below is that review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“We get out of marriage what we pour into it. Would you like for your husband to be more attentive? Do you long for him to notice and admire you? Wish he’d recognize and appreciate all your hard work? Want him to be respectful of your wishes and opinions? Would you like for him to spend more time with you? Then treat him the way you want to be treated.”
As the disclaimer at the end of this review says, I received this book for free for an honest review. So I have to be honest. I had some very mixed feelings when I started reading this book. Mostly I was feeling negative. After all, I am a product of the 70’s – good or bad it was the height of “woman’s lib” movement.
That being said, I prayed for wisdom and an open mind – and as I continued reading – well let’s just say that I have truly enjoyed this book. The short chapters make it easy to digest small, but wisdom packed topics with each ending with ways to put that topic into practice. While this book is a very quick read… I have to agree with the author and suggest focusing on one chapter a week for 25 weeks.
Some may read it and say, hey… where’s the 25 ways to communicate respect for your wife. That’s not what this is about. This book is about what we, as women, wives and mothers – must do in order to bring about a joyful marriage, a peaceful home and a satisfying relationship. Being respectful to your husband does not mean that you’re inferior, not as smart, less capable, are a doormat, are his slave, that you can’t think for yourself, and always have to agree with him. Consider picking up this book and discover the real definition of respect.
I will close this review with a quote from the back cover: “ WARNING: Reading this book may alter the way you look at your husband, your marriage, and life in general. Read at your own risk. Side effect from implementing the principles set forth in these pages may include a more joyful outlook, better communication skills, a healthier relationship, a happier home, and a rekindled desire to love your man.”
Learn more about the author – Jennifer Flanders – at: http://lovinglifeathome.com/
Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
*Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:
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