Dare to Respect

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Tammy Oberg De La Garza is an Associate Professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. She is the lead author of Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes, and has been involved in educating children and adults for more than 25 years. Tammy's countless hours in women's ministries, small groups, marriage ministry, and step studies have helped her understand the vital importance of developing healthy relationships with women of varying ages. Her hope is that women will experience strength in sisterhood and unlock the power of faith, healing, growth, and acceptance. Tammy is married to the love of her life, Rey, is familiar with playing the role of a hockey mom to their son Alex, and delights in the long "girl-talk-sessions" with their daughter, Sierra.

Dare to Respect

A Novel Based on Wives who Accepted the Challenge

Authored by Tammy Oberg De La Garza
Foreword by Nina Roesner

In Dare to Respect, Tammy Oberg De La Garza masterfully leads the reader through observing the frustration, heartache, and joyful transformation that occurs when wives begin to understand their husband's need for respect. Realistic, thought-provoking, and relatable - Dare to Respect provides many "me, too" moments that will encourage readers and small group participants of Nina Roesner's The Respect Dare study as they seek to apply the biblical principles of respect in marriage.
-Shaunti Feldhahn, social researcher and best-selling author of For Women Only and For Men Only

In the new novel, 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.

Alma is a Mexican-American mother of three teenagers, and has been married to Marco for 19 years. He is facing mid-life issues such as aging, job security, increasing bills, and declining health. She has deep love for Marco, but his mood swings, lack of engagement, and negative attitude leave her wishing he would "go away... not permanently, mind you, but for just 14 or 15 hours a day."

Anne is in her mid-30s, and is consumed with her job as a third-grade teacher, her teenage stepsons, and the business end of her husband's successful construction company. Between her teaching responsibilities, her endless efforts to control her stepsons, and attempting to influence her husband, Tony, to stop drinking, she is so busy that she overlooks her own health.

Joyce, a cashier at the local grocery store, is outspoken and practical. She and her husband, Jim, are approaching two major lifetime milestones-their 40th anniversary and the impending birth of their first grandchild. Despite their genuine affection for one another, the two are physically disconnected and haven't been intimate in several years.

Jessica is in her late 20s and the perfect specimen of youth. She is pretty, energetic, and dresses stylishly, as expected of the wife of her husband, Bob, a wealthy corporate attorney. She has three children and works hard to keep up appearances. She frequently irritates the older, less perky hockey moms with descriptions of her 'perfect' marriage.

Mona, a Palestinian Muslim woman in her mid-40s, is a stay-at-home mother who has one son, Samir. Her gentle-natured husband, Aahil recently admitted to having an affair with a co-worker. Mona's anger, pain, and jealousy push her into an online relationship with another man. The friendship and acceptance she experiences from the other hockey moms force her to question her own behaviors as well as her belief system.

Maxine is a high-powered, successful Black executive who is married to Samuwel. Their daughter Cynthia is a hockey goalie, and Samuwel stays home to care for their four-year-old twin sons. Maxine follows modern societal norms of treating her husband more like her assistant than her spouse. Their constant sarcasm and teasing insults have negatively impacted their relationship, which, unbeknownst to Maxine, is primed for a dangerous detonation.

Set in Chicago, with a long hockey season as the backdrop, this realistic fiction highlights themes of sisterhood, trust, forgiveness, and every man's deepest need-respect. Readers peer into the private lives, internal struggles, and remarkable transformation of these bold, daring women. Along the way, there are unexpected complications, humorous quips, explosive fights, and makeovers-and not every relationship has a "happily ever after" conversion.

Publication Date:
1533558140 / 9781533558145
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Christian / Romance

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