Whether your marriage is currently the best it has ever been, or it is in need of repair, the Ethridges suggest that these principles will improve your relationship. Even for troubled marriages, it will take work, but it is possible to breathe new life into a relationship that has grown listless.
Secret #1: Your husband cannot meet all of your emotional needs.
Many times, a husband will pull away from his wife because she puts too many demands on him to meet all of her needs. When he can’t possibly meet her expectations, he feels like a failure and distances himself from her.
Secret #2: Your husband has emotional needs that are just as important as your own needs.
It is also important, the couple says, to realize that women are not the only ones with emotional needs. Men have many important needs as well.
Often, when women feel that their husbands are not meeting their needs, they can become hurtful and unkind toward him. This approach makes most husbands pull away because they do not feel respected, a significant emotional need for men.
Secret #3: Your husband was designed by God to be the leader of your family.
Another problem in many marriages is that women have usurped their husband’s role as the family’s leader. Scripture teaches that the husband is the spiritual head of the home, but our culture often takes a different view.
Secret #4: Most men truly want to make their marriages work.
One thing that we learned in writing the book is that men are often more committed to their marriages than women believe. The culture would lead women to believe that men do not care about their marriages.
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