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Was that in the book?

Published March 15, 2012 by theprioritymale

By Melissa Belt

Some people say, “Women are a Mystery”.

I don’t think so.

I think we are pretty candid about what we want. We laugh when things are good, cry when things are bad and ask questions when we don’t understand. Men on the other hand are STILL a mystery…at least to me.

My sweet husband Jamie and I have known each other for over 25 years. He knows me more than I know myself at times! He knows how to gingerly prepare me for bad news, or how to coax me into helping with a chore I totally despise. He surprises me with flowers because he knows they are my favorite guilty pleasure. He makes reservations for my favorite restaurant. He’s just…awesome.  He could write a book  about how to make a woman happy.

I on the other hand, am NOT so good with those things. So, on my quest to be the “most awesome wife ever”, I decided to do some research; you know, “self help” stuff. I mean, I am in stiff competition trying to “out-do” my Honey!

Someone advised me to read Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Basically he discusses the differences between how men and women need love differently. What an eye opener! So, I decided to take some advice from the book…to try to express my love to Jamie differently than what we are used to. Not my usual “lovey dovey” verbiage, but more testosterone filled, masculine RESPECT words! It’s totally foreign to me, but Dr. Eggerichs is the expert. What I told Jamie was heartfelt, but awkward at first. He responded positively!  I asked him if he liked my new “love talk” and he says he does.

By the end of the book, I learned a whole lot more about men than I ever imagined! AND…I earned brownie points with my Honey. So, I suggest you do some research, self help stuff keep striving to keep your man happy. I am still trying, but sometimes  when I tell him how much I love and respect him, in those other manly words, he says to me, “Was that in the book?”


Understanding the Inner Lives of Men

Published March 8, 2012 by theprioritymale

By Melissa Belt

I recently read the book “For Women Only” by Shaunti Feldhahn. I found this to be a fascinating “short and to the point” book about the inner lives of men. Shaunti uses national surveys and personal interviews to come to a consensus about what men think about their desires, secrets and fears that most women are clueless about…especially me! There were so many revelations that she describes that could have been about my husband and other men I know. I can honestly say that once I finished reading this book, I have a much better understanding of my sweet husband. It is my desire to love and support Jamie the way God intended, and this book helped me to be more aware of my actions and words and how they affect him.

I recommend this book not only to married women to help grow a deeper relationship with their husbands, but I also feel the information helps me to relate to my son and other men in my life.