Newest book read: The Respect Dare: 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband" by Nina Roesner. This book, though seemingly large, is set up to be read individually or in a group setting and each day is only about two full pages long, with a scripture, short introduction, relative story, and a "So What About You?" section for application. I did not take the 40 days to read through nor follow all the suggestions to improve my relationships: I read to review and thus read the entire 206 pages in one setting. That being said, this book is very easy to read and follow the simple instructions given. As Roesner points out, the husband loving his wife is important but equally so is the wife respecting her husband-her reason for sharing the 'dare' with women.
I have few "beefs" with this book, mainly on account of my own preferences. I tend to resent books that sell other products or organizations. Many of the stories laud the benefits of being part of "Daughters of Sarah," a women's group begun and currently facilitated by the author. In my opinion, if the book has any merit of its own, readers will seek to find more of the author's products or outreaches. I also do not like what feels like canned examples to comprise the majority of a work(I never finished Josh Harris' I Kissed Dating Goodbye for the this reason), though, to be fair, these are told as testimonies by women attending the Daughters of Sarah groups. Those petty points aside, there is a fair amount of great advice given by Roesner and I will be using much of the application points and conversation topics in building the foundation of my upcoming marriage (May 2013!). I would recommend to any woman who would like a quick but in-depth way to build their relationship with their husbands.
I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are completely mine.
Great tool for bring out the best in your marriage
January 13, 2013
The title of this book just caught my attention. The Respect Dare. And THEN the subtitle totally did me in, "40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband." I mean, who doesn't want THAT?!!
This is an excellent book. It talks about man's greatest need being respect, which I think most Christian women know, but don't REALLY know...if you know what I mean lol. This isn't a book to rush through. You need a journal to go along with this. I flew through the beginning part of the book and once I got to the dares I just could NOT rush through them. I am reviewing this book, but I really want to follow the 40 day plan. So here is my review and then I'm off to get this dare started!!
Each day starts off with a verse from scripture. Then it goes into explaining how that verse applies to us, following that is a true story of a married couple that went through something similar to that days dare. After you read all that good stuff, you go onto some questions you write in your journal, a little more explanation on what to do, and lastly you have a prayer to read or suggestions for prayer.
I highly recommend this book!!!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Booksneeze. All my opinions are my own.
I read the book without doing the dares. Then I read the book and tried the dares. Then I led a group and we did the dares together. Now I lead more and more women who are either doing the Respect Dare or leading it. I LOVE this book.
For those who are concerned that this book is going to make you subservient to your men, make you feel like a doormat, or send you back to the dark ages - this book is NOTHING like that! You will not find a book that has such a beautiful view of women, of mutual submission and true love.
This book changes marriages. It changes wives. It changes men. It changes families.
You should not just read this book, but do every single dare. Even if it takes you longer than the 40 days, it's worth every ounce of effort you put in.
Respect Dare: 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband by Nina Roesner
While I have just started on my journey through this book I am already captivated by the idea of claiming a closer relationship with both my husband and God. I think growing both relationships will have a double blessing in my life and cause me untold happiness.
The book is set up with 40 dares to work through. I suppose one could do them daily, or weekly, depending on how much time you intend to spend on each dare. Some are more intense by nature and would lend themselves to spending more time on. Others may not require as much time. Each dare starts with scripture that goes along with the dare and then the challenge or dare itself. To wrap up the dare you are asked to reflect on your dare with some challenge questions.
So far, I have found that the dares are indeed challenging me in my relationships and I will indeed get as much out of the book as I put into it. I could see doing it multiple times as I find myself drifting in my relationships. I would recommend this book to those who find they are distant and further from either spouse and/or God and would like to reconcile their relationship.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I was able to review The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner. This book is set up in two ways. The first is the do a 40 day devotional and daily challege, and other is the take it more slowly and focus with an accountability group.
Over all, I found this book to be very similar to other discussions about respecting your spouse, and the reality is, we can only have control of our own actions, so we need to focus on changing ourselves first.
I really liked how this book was set up, it allowed for each day to end thought provokingly, but also was not overwhelming in the sense that I couldn't go on the next day.
I would suggest this book for either independent or group study, and I think it would be great for Christians at any point in their life journey, or those seeking to have a deeper marriage relationship regardless of religious affiliation.