Wednesday, November 2, 2011

MrsDrPoe: The Love and Respect Experience

It's time for another Reading Review here on the blog.  Today I present to you another book that I received free from BookSneeze: "The Love and Respect Experience: A Husband-friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.

As the subtitle suggests, this book is comprised of 52 devotionals geared toward helping couples improve their marriages through growing together in Christ.  Each devotional is about three pages long and focuses on applying a verse or two from a particular Bible passage to marriage.  There are discussion questions for each devotional in the appendices, as well as contact information for counselors and a summary of Dr. Eggerichs' "Three Cycles of Love and Respect."

I enjoyed reading through this work and would recommend it to anyone even considering marriage.  The idea of husbands growing in love for their wives and wives in respect for their husbands is an often difficult-to-implement command of God, but it's one that the prayer and activity suggestions presented in the book will help with tremendously.  I did not, however, care for the thirtieth devotional, which essentially said, "tell everyone to buy my book."  Also, most of the ideas presented are directly from scripture, but as with any spiritual book, I recommend reading with an open Bible, since there is no substitute for the Word itself.

Since this is a couple's devotional, I asked Mr. Poe to examine the book too.  He thought that this work was well-written and that it contained useful activities and information throughout the book and its appendices.  He found it to connect real-life application to Biblical principals very well, but he did not appreciate Dr. Eggerichs' constant use of his own marriage as an example.


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