book review: The Love & Respect Experience

The Love & Respect Experience: A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love

Author: Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Complimentary copy from BookSneeze

Rating: B+

Product Description:

Have you ever been excited about having a regular devotional time with your spouse, only to end up feeling distracted, frustrated, or misunderstood after your time together?

While most women are energized by the idea of going through a couples’ devotional, many men feel the opposite … that is why The Love & Respect Experience is different. After surveying thousands of couples about their top concerns and struggles, Emerson has crafted a fifty-two week devotional that will appeal to both wives and husbands as they seek to listen to what God has to say to them.

Kudos to Dr. Eggerichs for creating a ‘simple’, low-key approach to a couples’ devotional. What you will not find in the pages of The love & Respect Experience: activities to complete together, lengthy study questions, or the presence of any ‘bare my soul’ conversation starters. (Hmm, bare or bear …? Eh.)

The beauty of The Love & Respect devotional for couples is its simplicity: one devotional per week. That’s it. One. A scripture passage opens each devotional, a short prayer closes each, along with a simple action step advising how to incorporate weekly topics into marital life.

The Love and Respect Experience is a thinking man’s devotional. Devotionals are short (most are 2 ½ pages), relevant, and contemplative. It is clear that thoughtful consideration went into selecting the weekly topics. Each devotional is intended to provide insight into how to work through common marital stressors; help each partner identify the ‘stuff’ we bring to the table in our marriage; highlight ways in which men and women behave and/or think differently; and emphasize an appreciation for the differences between genders and spouses.

One an aesthetic note, the book’s binding is visually appealing. Dual-tones of suede and leather offer a warm invitation to pick it up and settle in. Don’t worry if you haven’t read Dr. Eggerichs previous work, Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs. This devotional includes an appendix to clarify terms and concepts discussed in the earlier work. For those wishing to dig deeper, study questions are provided at the end of the book, as well as resources for marriages experiencing strain or need of assistance from a professional.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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