“Dare to Respect: A Novel Based on Wives who Accepted the Challenge”
by Tammy Oberg De La Garza
In Dare to Respect, six women, all unhappy with their marriages, accept the challenge to break away from popular culture and follow a daring path in relating to their husbands. They decide to embark on The Respect Dare, a book of 40 challenges that disclose the real foundation of lasting and loving marriages. Despite their differences in age, cultural backgrounds, and religions, the women find support and encouragement within their small group as they learn to deal with the realities of infidelity, alcoholism, pornography, and co-dependency in ways that bring new life and health to their marriages. Along the way, there are unexpected complications, humorous quips, explosive fights, and makeovers… but not every relationship has a “happily ever after” conversion.
I LOVE reading! I have a few stacks of “to be read next” books around my bedroom and living areas. I’m also a homeschooling mom with four still at home, and trying to help the oldest of those through high school and into a good college. That honestly leaves me with precious little time to read all these wonderful books. So, I’m very careful about making commitments to read and review books (even of other fellow marriage bloggers). But, when Tammy messaged us about this book I said yes. I had just finished one heavy book and was about to start another… it was a good time for a diversionary break. I am SO very glad that I said yes.
Tammy did a beautiful job of bringing in just enough detail about each woman and their circumstances to allow the story to be real to you and keep you following without crossing any lines of impropriety or “too much information”. I was drawn into the story of each of the six women and the struggles that they faced. It was very well written and I’d recommend it to any of our readers.
I also very much appreciate the reality that she brings to each relationship. There isn’t a “happily ever after” in all of the relationships. Just like in life, there isn’t a guarantee that doing the right thing will bring about what you were seeking. But, doing the right thing always allows the Lord to work mighty things in our own hearts and lives. Doing the right thing is always worth it in our walks with the Lord.
So, yes, I would recommend this book. Thank you, Tammy for inviting me to read it.
Disclosure: I received this book from Tammy Oberg De La Garza for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.
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