Attention, all married couples and “about to be married” couples. This book is for you.
Bound in imitation leather, for a nice gift giving book, it has 52 devotionals, one for each week of the year. The devotionals are short, each averaging about 3-4 pages (2 pages front & back). I don’t know about you, but when you try to have personal devotions, then read with the kids, you barely have time for each other. This book takes the guilt of everyday devotions with your spouse out. Of course, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have devotions with your spouse every day of the week. For us though, it hasn’t been possible.
A couple of years ago, my hubby and I went through Eggerichs’ book, Love and Respect. We both loved it and it fast became a marriage book that we recommended to all married couples. (That one and The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman). These books have helped us more through our marriage relationship than any others. So, when I saw this one come available, I immediately jumped on it.
Now to talk about the content of this book. This devotional covers everything from differing viewpoints, to in-laws, out-law, money, sex and family. There are also chapters on forgiveness and your relationship with God and battling selfishness. Each chapter ends with a prayer and an action step.
Why Love and Respect?
It is taken from these verses in Ephesians:
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence (respect) her husband.
Notice that it never says for wives to love their husbands, only to respect them. And notice that it never says for Husbands to respect their wives, only to love them. It because God has designed us to feel love and respect each according to his/her gender.
Without going into too much detail, because I really would like you as a married couple to go through this yourself, I’ll pull a small excerpt from the book:
C-O-U-P-L-E: Six ways to spell love to your wife
C-H-A-I-R-S: Six ways to spell respect for your husband
All I gave you here were the words. You’ll have to read the book to find out what each word means.
Many thanks to the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com for my free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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