I chose a book based mostly on its beautiful leather cover and its title.
Be careful, because covers and titles can be deceiving!
The Love And Respect Experience
What does every woman want in her marriage? Love, respect, friendship, happiness... The author of this devotional book based on the Love & Respect conferences and seminars, teaches that men want respect and women want love. I don't know about you ladies out there, but I want it all - love and repect. I want to be treated with manners and kindness and consideration.
And I don't want to have to deserve it either, I just want it!
Well, with that said, maybe this is just the book I needed? I did find this book helpful with some excellent suggestions on building your marriage up and in working to find time and ways to share spiritually with your husband. I particularly liked the section of each devotional that indicates what you should do and how you should pray concerning the concept presented. The book contains 52 devotionals and suggests that husbands don't like having such time with wives, so once a week is probably enough and/or a good place to start. The author, Dr. Eggerichs, also suggests that wives or even husbands can read the book on their own. I read through the entire book over the course of several weeks.
The author talks a lot about the vicious cycles in a marriage. You know the ones, you say something mean to me and I say something even meaner and then we don't talk for a week. I wish I had realized before ordering the book that some knowledge of the "The Crazy Cycle," "The Rewarded Cycle," and "The Energizing Cycle" would have been helpful in understanding the devotionals. I didn't realize that this book was based on others and having no foreknowledge of the cycles or Love/Respect theories was a little frustrating.
Aside from that, the two color, leather bond cover is beautiful. I did learn a few marriage tricks. And I would say it was 3 out of 5 stars.
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