Let’s take a minute to travel back to 2000, when I was a young, 22-year-old bride. I can’t even show you a picture because they didn’t have digital photos back then…but I was young and naive and I thought I knew a lot about love. And relationships. And marriage. But it turns out that I was wrong.
Fast forward four years and my husband and I were really struggling. We didn’t get each other. We didn’t get marriage. I felt so alone and unloved. At that point, a friend of mine recommended the book Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerich. It was amazing. The gist of the book is that while women crave love in their relationships, men crave respect. I actually remember where I was sitting when I had this a-ha moment and realized that while I thought my actions were loving to my husband, the reality was that some of the things I was doing (read: nagging him about his job) were actually disrespectful. A-ha!
Anyway, Dr. Eggerich recently released a hardcover gift version of his book called Love & Respect for a Lifetime.. His work is so powerful—and his new book is no exception. Not only is it superhelpful—it has all of the concepts of his first book–but it’s also supercute and fancy with pictures and verses and quotes. I love it. And—mushy comment alert—I’m going to tie it on top of my hubby’s Valentine’s present to remind him about how far we’ve come. Cute, right?
And, since love (and respect) are in the air, I thought I’d give you the chance to win your own copy of Love & Respect for a Lifetime. Just comment below and tell me what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day and I’ll draw one commenter on Valentine’s Day to win a copy!
P.S. Come back next week (on Valentine’s Day) when I announce the winner to read what Dr. Eggerich has to say about keeping your marriage strong when you have young children… trust me, it’s worth the read!