"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

-C.S. Lewis

What we read has such an impact on us, and I am always on the lookout for something that will inspire me to be a better person. Here is a sampling of books that have been in the teetering stack sitting on top of what is rumored to be my bedside table.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Love and Respect in the Family, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Love and Respect in the Family might just be Dr. Eggerichs' best work yet.  I'd been impressed by his Love and Respect, but this volume is more geared toward families with children. It's chock full of guidance on keeping a family on the right track.

Dr. Eggerichs offers his ideas about what he calls the "Family Crazy Cycle" in which children and parents work mutually to drive each other mad. I'm sure most of us have our own ideas about what details drive a family crazy (yes, even Mike and Carol Brady got frustrated at times), Dr. Eggerichs actually shares stories from his own family to drive many of his points home.  It humanizes his advice in a way that a lot of other family and parenting books don't.

The bulk of the book is spent helping parents learn how to be a positive driving force in a family.  There is so much insight on what makes children tick, and how to handle specific situations.  It gives a different, Christ-centered perspective on parenting.

The book is Biblically sound, with plenty of references to appropriate verses and anecdotes.   

I found the book to be a refreshing change from a lot of the other parenting books that are on the market right now.  If I were only able to purchase one book on family life, this would be the one.

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Five out of Five Stars