Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Love and Respect Experience: A Book Review

About The Book:

A Devotional Unlike Any Other!

Through the millions of products sold on Love & Respect, Emerson Eggerichs has transformed marriages around the world with his biblically based approach to understanding the love that she most desires and the respect that he desperately needs. Now, in this long-awaited release, Emerson has created an experience for couples that is effective, flexible and life-changing.

To build this couples devotional, Eggerichs has taken the top concerns that surfaced in a survey of thousands of couples and has developed 52 devotionals around the three cycles that are at the heart of Love and Respect. On one occasion the couple will be talking about how to stop the Crazy Cycle or keep it at bay. The very next devotional will talk about a concept built upon the Rewarded Cycle, which stresses the ultimate purpose for marriage. And the next may have both people talking about ways to use theEnergizing Cycle in their efforts to love and respect each other.

Some may ask, “Why 52 and not 365, like other couples devotionals I have seen?” The author’s research shows that married couples don’t want to deal with that much material, that often.  Therefore, the specific devotionals, which can be done weekly or at any chosen pace, are specifically guided to what couples say they most need.  And this is a husband-friendly devotional, having been written and designed in such a way that the husband can feel comfortable in the entire process.

With this wealth of new material and video devotionals available online to support the product, The Love & Respect Experience will be indispensable to anyone wishing to better their marital relationship.


About The Author:

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known expert on male-female relationships. The author of several books, including the national bestseller Love & Respect, which has sold more than 1.3 million copies, Emerson and his wife, Sarah, present the Love & Respect conference both live and by video to more than 50,000 people each year, including sessions with the NFL, PGA, and members of congress.
Prior to launching their ministry, Dr. Eggerichs was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in Lansing, MI for 19 years. He has graduate degrees from Wheaton College and Dubuque Seminary and a PhD from Michigan State University.  Married since 1973, Emerson and Sarah live in Grand Rapids, MI and have three adult children.  He is the Founder and President of Love and Respect Ministries.
My Review:
Whether you are a newlywed or been married for many years, and have not had the experience of reading Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs, you NEED to! It will change your marriage for the better! 
A number of years ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend a Love and Respect conference at the church we were attending at the time. It is only because of God's Grace that we have made it 14 years in our marriage, but He has also worked through authors like Eggerichs to help us learn practical insights and ideas to enhance and improve our relationship and marriage. The Love and Respect materials are a wonderful way to truly understand gender differences and how they can (and will) impact marriage, but how a couple can also thrive in spite of the differences.
The Love and Respect Experience has 52 devotions, making it ideal for a weekly devotional time for a husband and wife. I also love the discussion questions at the end of the book, and how there is so much overview of the Love and Respect concept! A perfect refresher for those who have studied his teachings prior to this devotional and a great introduction to his work if you have not.
Each devotional is only about a page and a half in length, perfect for those who don't have a lot of time, or are new to doing devotions together and want to ease into a longer study time. Many topics are covered within the book, and for more detailed study of major topics, I highly recommend reading Eggerichs other materials.The book is extremely well organized and easy to read, and once again I am very happy with Emerson Eggerichs work.
I believe that The Love and Respect Experience would be a wonderful wedding gift or Bridal shower gift for the newlywed couple in your life. And with Christmas only a few weeks away, it is the perfect gift idea too!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Love and Respect Experience at your favorite bookseller, from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of the above book, courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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