We have read several couple's devotionals and are always on the hunt for our next book. The author starts off and continues to refer to terminology that he defines in another book of his, "The Love and Respect Experience." It is frustrating and fruitless to read this devotional without having first read his other book. He consistently refers to this other book during the devotionals, so without it, the concepts in his devotional don't make sense.
The cycles he writes about are far more complicated than he writes about.
I got this devotional from Booksneeze looking for a devotional I can share with my wife. I have mixed feelings about it.
Firstly I'm all for devoting ourselves to building our marriage. I like the fact that there are 52 chapters meaning we could approach one a week for a year and the content itself is friendly enough for a man.
Not having read the book Love and Respect before hand, there almost seems like an implied expectation to read it. Perhaps not surprisingly but it does make this one a little inaccessible. My second but is that while I can appreciate creating a devotional for marriage it's a little light on God stuff. If I am going to devote myself to anything God has to be in and of it all.
All told this leaves me a little disappointed, yet I will try it with my wife and see what value we can get out of it together in the future.
This devotional doesn't put a guilt trip on you for not reading everyday with your spouse but encourages you to strengthen your marriage through prayer and practical application based on Scripture. I just wanna say the cover of this book is so elegant. I'm learning to love him the way he needs me. If you struggle with your marriage, then read this. Save your marriage, read this. A must read for couples. This book should be read when you are NOT in a marriage emergency! If you are in a marriage crisis, read the book "Never Quit" instead...
It is visibly pleasing. It is a soft-cover edition with a genuine imitation leather cover that makes it pleasing to look at, and a stylish addition to my bookshelf. It looks great lying next to my bed.
A lot of the philosophy resonated with me and my understanding of male/female dynamics. The essential point that men seek respect and women seek love is a true one I think, and is born out in Ephesians 5, and real life.
It encourages couples to find their own method of doing bible study and devotion, rather than feeling guilty that they don't do it a certain way. There are 52 chapters, and we are told to do them in any order. We are also told that it is okay to read them separately and discuss them together later.
Where did I have a problem?
It is theologically light. Most of the content is presented as vague pop-psychology and theories with bible verses stretched to "support" the idea.
It portrays men and women as being very different, almost irredeemably different, and that we will never fully understand each other.
It refers far too much to the authors earlier works, and conferences, and teaching series, and publishes theories. I found it hard to read in the absence of having read his previous works, and he talks about theories and ideas as if we have all read them before and attended a course.