The Love and Respect Experience: A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love Imitation Leather – Oct 10 2011
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About 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 thousands of mothers following the release of his New York Times Bestseller, Love & Respect. These moms consistently reported they applied the respect side of the message to their sons with significant effects. Emerson and his wife, Sarah, present the Love and Respect Marriage and Parenting Conferences across the country. Emerson has also spoken to groups from the NFL, NBA, PGA, Navy Seals, and members of congress. He was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in East Lansing, MI 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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Last fall, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the Love & Respect conference in town. Though we knew the concept and the teaching behind it, I think it was a good reminder that we both need to make an effort in loving or respecting our better half. I had just downloaded the devotional a week or so before attending the conference.
The Love & Respect Experience contains 52 devotions to read together as a couple. Doing devotions together can be difficult but having one per week through the year is perfect. At the end of the book you will also find four appendixes that will provide either more interactions between you and your spouse or more information on the concept behind the Love & Respect.
After reading the devotion together, you will have the opportunity to pray together and take action. In one of the appendix, you can also go through a series of questions together to deepen your experience of discover love and respect in your marriage.
I find tat this book could be very useful for anyone - young married or old, with or without kids, with or without issues in their marriage. Anyone can profit from this teaching and these devotions.
The Crazy Cycle says:
"Without love, she reacts without respect. Without respect, he reacts without love."
The Energizing Cycle asserts:
"His love motivates her respect. Her respect motivates his love."
The Rewarded Cycle promises the ultimate goal:
"His love blesses regardless of her respect. Her respect blesses regardless of his love."
One way to consistently put these cycles into practice is by adopting the COUPLE (for women) and the CHAIRS (for men) acronyms. With 52 devotionals, one per week, the author encourages couples to work at it freely without couples coercing the other to do it. There is no need to do the same devotional at the same time. In other words, couples can work on a different devotional each week with a simple promise to discuss it at some point in the journey. The key thing is to let the devotional help the husband to see from the 'pink' perspective by using the COUPLE method, and the wife to see from the 'blue' perspective by adopting the CHAIRS method. As a devotional, the chapter is intentionally brief so that the reader can consider the insight and the questions in a more reflective manner.
COUPLE = Closeness; Openness; Understanding; Peacemaking; Loyalty; Esteem.Read more ›
You may have heard of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. He is the author of the book this devotional is based on, as well as a companion workbook , both of which have done very well. One of the pastors at my church recently used it as a text for a Sunday school class. The basic concept comes out of Ephesians 5:33; that husbands need to show love to their wives and wives need to show respect to their husbands, and understanding these things will aid your marriage. With this in mind, Eggerichs has prepared fifty-two devotions for husbands and wives to do together (in various possible ways) which explore this concept further and in specific, practical, ways.
As my wife can testify, I find many devotional books to be quite lacking. They can be shallow, wishy-washy, full of theological and biblical errors, or just plain unhelpful. This book, however, was none of the above. I think that by virtue of focusing on a specific issue (love and respect in marriage) it is able to offer interesting and helpful insights and thoughts, and to do so in a way that is helpful to husbands and wives.Read more ›
The bite-sized portions made it easy for my husband and I to find five or ten minutes to sit down together and read. Usually, I read the chapter aloud to him and then we talk about it. We're working our way through another marriage book, but the longer chapters require a longer time commitment that just hasn't fit into our lifestyle right now. Because this devotional book is laid out in 52 chapters, setting a one-a-week commitment to read and pray together might be a great way to approach it.
I found that The Love & Respect Experience was a good review of what I knew from reading the book years ago. My husband, who hasn't read the book, says that some things might make more sense if you have read Love & Respect; in this devotional, Dr. Eggerichs uses some of the "jargon" he coined in his earlier book. And in chapters 7 and 8, Dr. Eggerichs refers readers to more material found in Love & Respect.