The Love and Respect Experience: A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love by Dr. Emerson Eggerich
The primary purpose of this beautiful (2-toned imitation leather) book is in the final chapter: “to guide two people to love and respect each other unconditionally, out of a deep consciousness of Jesus Christ”. As important as it is to please each other in marriage, that’s not what it’s all about. Spouses must recognize that marriage is “a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and reverence for Christ.” Study questions are included in the back as well as helpful appendices, one of which describes the love and respect concept in a nutshell.
I especially appreciated the appendix entitled “Devotions for Married Couples: Command or Option?” The author humbly admits that he’d tried in the past to find scripture to support a mandate for this kind of spiritual discipline but later realized it’s just a healthy option. Much scripture is used throughout to support the concepts and each chapter ended with prayer suggestions (rather than a written-out prayer) and a simple activity to get you thinking about how you could apply the teaching.
I can see how this book would benefit couples in all stages of marriage and could be used year after year as a relationship “tune-up”. I also found principles I can pass on to my children that apply to ANY relationship such as the power of optimism, which was apparent even in the lives of melancholy people like Jeremiah and the Apostle Paul: “The optimistic have hope in God…are thankful…[and] are enthusiastic about what God is doing and will do”.
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