Here is a book that Works For Me! (Click on the title of the post to see reviews.)
This book reads just like one of her radio talk shows. In fact, she includes many excerpts from the show’s transcripts, so if her rough language bothers you, you may want to steer clear of this one.(I have always been extremely repelled by cussing, but in this case, I think the book is good enough to overlook it.)
If, however, you appreciate straightforward, Biblical advice about how to honor and love your husband, this book is for you.
There are also many letters from men telling Dr. Laura their thoughts about marriage and how they feel about wives who nag and complain at every turn. Dr. Laura advises,
“One small step toward a wife’s taking responsibility is to keep lips buttoned over things that do not really matter. I’m fond of repeating a phrase sent to me by a retired Marine master sergeant: ‘Is this a hill you wish to die on?’ Frankly, asking myself that question always makes my priorities instantly fall into place and reduces my tension about whatever it is I was worked up about.”
I have heard it said that a good wife should be blind in one eye. The Bible says it this way, “Love covers a multitude of sins.”
If the President of the United States were conversing with me, would I correct him if he made some small mistake, say, in pronouncing “nuclear” as he is prone to do? Certainly not! Why should I give my husband any less honor than that?
I’ll never forget the time my husband and I were visiting with another couple and the husband was telling us some story about their daughter that I can no longer recall. What I do remember is the part where he was relating the year the story happened.
“It was the summer of 1992,” the husband said. “No it wasn’t,” the wife interrupted, “It was 1991.” The husband was certain he was correct about the year and his wife was equally as adamant that her recollection was right. They argued on and on about it for several minutes while my husband and I squirmed uncomfortably in our seats.
The date had no bearing whatsoever on the point of the story, but the wife had become so invested in being right, that she had apparently forgotten this, and embarrassed herself and her husband in the process.
It is hard to let something go when we know we are right, isn’t it? But, for the sake of harmony, some things are best left unsaid. What matters more? Embarrassing your husband to make sure the proper year was documented? Or remaining silent and letting your husband feel like a good story teller?
Dr. Laura’s book is a good reminder, to any wife who is willing to listen, that men are primarily simple creatures. They want mainly to be treated with respect and affection and will go to the ends of the earth to provide for their families.