- Imitation Leather: 320 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lea edition (Oct. 10 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849948177
- ISBN-13: 978-0849948176
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 540 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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
Emerson Eggerichs, PhD, is an internationally known communication expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Love & Respect. Just as Dr. Eggerichs transformed millions of marital relationships with a biblical understanding of love and respect, he also turned these principles to one of the most important relationships of all in Mother & Son: The Respect Effect. As a communication expert, Emerson has also spoken to groups such as the NFL, NBA, PGA, US Navy SEALs and members of Congress. He was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in East Lansing, Michigan for almost twenty years. Emerson holds a PhD in child and family ecology from Michigan State University, a BA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College, an MA in communications from Wheaton College Graduate School, and an MDiv from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three adult children.
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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. Naturally quality varies, but if you take it for what it is (a way to enrich your marriage through discussion and focusing on common ideas together which are designed to help you love and respect one another) then it is a good book.
Conclusion: 4 Stars. Conditionally Recommended. Obviously you will not find this book helpful outside of the marriage context.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".
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.
CHAIRS = Conquest; Hierarchy; Authority; Insight; Relationship; Sexuality.
It is very tempting to be dismissive of such books saying: "I've heard that before." or "There is nothing new in it." I beg to differ. While there is not much novelty or great revelations to the individual, it is not so when worked upon together by husbands and wives. Those with 'pink' lenses may say 'I see,' when she understands the male perspective. Those with 'blue' lenses may think, 'Oops!' when he discovers the female point of view.
The result is a surprisingly effective marriage relationship manual cum devotional. It reminds me again that the most effectual stuff are those that are simple and easy to apply. This book meets the grade. The look and feel of the book cover tells us that the book is meant to be used frequently, perhaps to be shared by many. That is why the quality of the cover pages are of a higher quality. Kudos to the publisher for their thoughtfulness. Complete with a suggested prayer and a probing question, the chapters are written to be understood easily and practically. After all, a devotional should be free of theological jargon or excessive details, so that couples can browse casually through the book at bedtime. More importantly, they should be spending more time talking to each other instead of focusing on the book. The appendices at the back of the book are extremely helpful as they summarize the main ideas of L&R, and provide additional discussion questions and resources. I highly recommend this book for all couples, both married and unmarried. The price of this book is far cheaper than marital counselling. Perhaps, it can even save a marriage!
Rating: 4 stars of 5.
Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson.
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.
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