Mother and Son: The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs Book Review and Giveaway

Most of my readers know that I am the mother of three daughters.  Why, then, would I have interest in a book geared toward the relationships between mothers and their sons?   My three daughters will likely become wives someday and maybe even mothers of sons.   While I won't be parenting these sons--I believe that the basics of respect are vital to all male/female relationships and I was interested in reading Emerson Eggerichs' perspectives on the issue.  I am happy to share my review of this book and offer a copy for one lucky reader to win at the end of this post as part of the book tour giveaway.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of Mother and Son:  The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs.  This new book from W Publishing Group/HarperCollins asks you to consider the all–important mother/son relationship in a new way: respect, as in the mother should respect the son

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, author of Love and Respect – a landmark book that transformed millions of marital relationships – is launching his latest book, Mother & Son: The Respect Effect.
In Mother & Son, Dr. Eggerichs proposes that while showing love is important to a son, showing him respect is key to his heart, and what will transform the mother/son relationship. Of course, to a lot of people, that will sound backwards – shouldn’t it start with the son respecting the mother?

Since the importance of the mother/son relationship crosses all age/race/religion barriers, this is a topic applicable to all – regardless if they agree or disagree with Dr. Eggerichs’ method. 

Mother and Son sheds light on gender differences in relation to love and respect.   Much of this book illustrates the different ways males and females view relationship interactions.  Views on love, respect, authority and mother/son relationships are presented through a very conservative Christian perspective.  While the book is geared toward Christians with Scripture and conservative, gender stereotypes--there is also a significant amount of research and personal stories involved in creating Eggerichs' views on the Respect Effect.  While I did not agree with all of Eggerichs' views; I was reminded that I view situations from a different perspective at times than a man.

Mother and Son is well written and informative.   Readers will find a well developed book with a lot of information.  The thought and research involved in creating this book is apparent in each chapter.  The author lays out the book in an easy to read, easy to to understand manner.

Would I recommend Mother and Son:  The Respect Effect?  This book is written from a strong, Conservative, Christian perspective.  I think the book offers something for every parent as they seek to develop stronger relationships within the family; but is best suited toward the Christian reader.  As I said, I am not the mother of a son.  However, I think the book made me realize some differences between myself and my husband that I had not fully considered.  Respect does mean different things to men than to women and I think this book is a valuable resource in recognizing those differences and in helping families relate more effectively.

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Meet the Author
As a researcher, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, who has a PhD in child and family ecology from Michigan State University, garnered the testimonies of 1000’s of mothers. Based on his New York Times Bestseller, Love & Respect, these moms applied the Respect side of this message to their sons with significant effects. Emerson and his wife, Sarah, present the Love and Respect Marriage and Parenting Conferences across the country, and Emerson has also spoken to groups from the NFL, NBA, PGA, Navy Seals, and members of Congress.

Emerson was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in Lansing for almost twenty years. He and Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three adult children. Emerson also has a BA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College, an MA in communication from Wheaton College Graduate School, and an MDiv from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

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  1. I entered your giveaway.
    In response to your question of
    Why would you like to win a copy of this book?
    I want to win a copy of
    Mother and Son: The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs
    because i enjoy reading all types of books
    and this one sounds interesting.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  2. I am a step Mom to a wonderful son. I want to always have a strong loving relationship with him.

  3. Me and my mom are going through something right now...and we are all each other has...and hope she can see that before its too late

  4. I am the mom of two sons. I want to do a great job, and insight from books like these will be useful tools in my parenting toolbox!

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  6. I'd like to win because it sparks my curiosity.

  7. I'm a new mom and my baby boy just turned 1. I'd love to read this to get more insight into this wonderful, new relationship were building.

  8. I have 2 sons and I would share this with my daughter-in-law who has 3 sons.

  9. I have 2 sons and am intrigued by this book.

  10. It is unfortunate that I was informed that I won this great prize, but it never arrived. I would have loved to have read it.



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