Love & Respect Giveaway with Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Today Spencer, our youngest child, turns 12.

However, it seems like only yesterday he was an infant in the nursery when I sat at my discussion table at the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group at East Lansing Trinity Church.

That particular Wednesday morning, Pastor Emerson Eggerichs was our guest speaker. He was there to talk to the moms and gather info and data that would help him in a new ministry he was launching called Love and Respect. He brought to life the male/female differences and highlighted in tangible ways the well known Bible verse Ephesians 5:33 which reads:

“…each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

Simple verse.

Profound concept.

Following it leads to marital peace.

Disregarding it leads to severe spousal strife.

Emerson and his beautiful wife Sarah took a leap of faith as they launched the Love and Respect Conferences in August 1999 to serve husbands and wives. They are convinced that the insights presented in the conference can turn hurting marriages into good ones, and good marriages into better ones.

I have had the honor of not only speaking alongside the Eggerichs at Hearts at Home conferences, but becoming friends with them and watching first-hand as God took their conferences and their message to a national level. They are the real deal, folks. They live what they preach and are not afraid to admit that they still struggle with living out daily the truths of scripture in a word tainted by “what’s in it for me” thinking.

Emerson E. Eggerichs (yes….that is his real name. I’ve teased him, asserting that apparently his parents wanted to buy a vowel!) was born in Peoria, Illinois on April 30, 1951. He met his wife while attending Wheaton College. Together, they have 3 adult children, Jonathan, David and Joy.

Emerson received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College and Graduate school. He was later awarded his Masters in Divinity from Dubuque Seminary. He also earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Child and Family Ecology. His dissertation was an analysis of effective fathers.

Emerson has donated a copy of his best-selling book Love and Respect to give to one of you who leaves a comment on today’s post. This life-changing book has helped countless people seeking a biblical and successful marriage.

Today, you and your mate can start fresh with the ground-breaking guidance that Emerson provides in this helpful resource. His revolutionary message, featured on Focus on the Family, is for anyone: in marital crisis…wanting to stay happily married…who’s feeling lonely. It’s for engaged couples…victims of affairs…pastors and counselors seeking material that can save a marriage.

Using his breakthrough techniques, couples nationwide are achieving a brand-new level of intimacy and learning how to: – stop the Crazy Cycle of conflict – initiate the Energizing Cycle of change – enjoy the Rewarded Cycle of new passion.

And if you’ll take this biblically based counsel to heart, your marriage could be next!

So, if you’d like to have a chance to receive this practical and inspirational book from Emerson, leave a comment by Sunday at midnight. (as with all of this weeks’ giveaways, you have until then to enter. Winners will be announced Monday.)

Let’s make it simple.  Either:

  • Tell us your wedding date and where you tied the knot.
  • Or, if you are single, tell us why you would like to win this book. Do you need advice on helping someone in a struggling marriage? Is there someone you’d give it to?

I’ll start us off.

Todd and I were married on June 21, 1986 in Lansing, Michigan. It was a sunny and 72 degree perfect day. Although I’d always swore I’d never be a June bride. However, we graduated college the last weekend in May that year. Todd said he’d waited long enough and I could pick any weekend in June to get hitched. So, June bride I was! (I also always swore I’d never have three kids—didn’t want the whole oldest, middle, baby syndrome. Well…can you count? Check out the pic of my family in the upper right corner. How many kids do I have?)

Note to self: Stop swearing you’ll never do something.

God chuckles and oft times proves us wrong.

NOTE: For more on this topic, you may want to read today’s Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today devotion written by my P31 sister Tracie Miles.

Lovingly and Respectfully,


  1. May 26, 2007 at a beautiful church in Byram, Mississippi. We got married two weeks after I graduated from college and it’s been a great almost 3 years. I just love that man!

  2. My husband Ken and I were married on July 4, 1981. In the Church of Christ, Canyonville, Oregon.
    It was the hottest day of the year that year, the church didn’t have air conditioning at the time, the photographer ripped a roll of film changing for a new roll so we had to go back to the church to get more pictures. We had to be wrung out like towels when we were done. But it was one of the best days of my life. The others where when my 3 children were born. I also wasn’t planning on having 3……..but the Lord knows best doesn’t He.

  3. My husband Chuck and I were married Sept 29, 2001 in my home church (now OUR church) the Otsego United Methodist Church in Otsego, Michigan.

  4. First of all……. today is my birthday too! I was born exactly 30 years before your baby! Happy Birthday Spencer!! My husband , Rich, and I were married on Saturday, April 1, 1989. Seriously! No foolin’. It was at the First Baptist Church in Camas, WA. We were hoping for nice weather but it was misty, rainy instead. I’ve heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck. ??? So far so good. It was an interesting day… One of my bridesmaids and I drove all over town that morning looking for a purple feather pen for the guest book… nothing else would do for me. Finally found a lavender one. The photographer arrived at the church an hour early because the radio station he was listening to was April fooling their listeners by telling them the incorrect time. The minister, who was quite elderly, forgot to say “you may now kiss the bride”. And then at the end of the ceremony when he introduces the newly married couple, he called us Rick and Nadine. ???? We weren’t sure if we were really married or not. Our marriage license is correct thought so it’s all good. Oh, and we kissed in the hall way outside of the sanctuary once we realized we’d skipped it. : )

  5. We married on June 7th, 2003 at my Ellen Chapel UMC in Lewistown, PA. It had been raining for for weeks, and although it was sunny the day before for the men’s golf game, it poured that Saturday!

  6. My husband and I married on Dec. 21, 2002 at 11 am in the sanctuary of our church, surrounded by our parents, sisters, brothers, children and special friends. For a December day in SC, it was actually sunny and warm and the church was decorated beautifully for the Christmas season, a perfect setting for our wedding.

  7. My sweetheart, Jeff & I were married on Valentine’s Day 20 years ago (02/14/1990)!!! It was a cold and wet morning in Utah when we said I do, however, my experience was filled with the warmth of abundant joy! We have certainly experienced the challenges of understanding and walking out Eph. 5:33! After several separations and salvation, God is Faithful to restore our hearts! We continue to enjoy a Kingdom Marriage one day at a time!

  8. My husband and I were married November 25, 2005, the day after Thanksgiving in a family only, private ceremony. Although we were engaged for 6-months, we decided to skip the huge wedding and the expenses that come with that huge wedding for a wedding planned in two weeks. We haven’t regretted it! We now have a 2-year old son and we are looking forward to another 50+ years together (we were married in our 30s).

  9. My husband and I were married Sept. 15, 1996 at the First United Methodist Church in Brighton, Michigan. It was a Sunday afternoon. He wanted to get married the same weekend as the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival because many of his friends come from far away for that event. He felt it would save his friends the extra travel of coming twice, and it would also provide built in entertainment for the weekend.

  10. My husband and I celebrate 10 years tomorrow, February 12! I can’t believe how time flies by! We were married at a small church in our hometown and have traveled far since. But going back to that quaint hometown floods our memories with innocence, country drives on Sunday’s, and the warmth of young love! I’m so thankful for a wonderful husband!

  11. My husband, Michael, and I were married at First Baptist Church Texarkana, Texas on August 9, 1997 – we celebrated our 12 1/2 year anniversary this past Tuesday.

  12. Like Cheryl and her husband, my husband and I were married on August 13, 1988. But we were married at Florissant Presbyterian Church in Florissant, Missouri. Ours was the last wedding the pastor performed before he retired. We had scads of family and friends try and talk us out of the date because one day our anniversary would be on Friday the 13th. Instead, we’ve decided to celebrate each and every Friday the 13th.

  13. My husband and I were married June 12, 2004. Our small ceremony was at a beatuful little place called Tizer Gardens in Jefferson City, Montana. I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding.

  14. We were married August 31, 2002 in Illinois. My father is a minister and he performed the ceremony! It was a very special ceremony!

  15. We were married April 22, 1995 in Volga, SD. My oldest son was born 12 years ago today! Hope your son has a blessed birthday!

  16. We were married April 19th, 1997 at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Had the honor of Dr. Mark Corts perform the ceremony. We both play in the Orchestra, so they played in the wedding as a gift to us. It was a wonderful day with many fond memories.

  17. I am single and so I’d love to win this book to give to my best friend who is struggling in her marriage right now… in fact they have already signed the divorce papers, but she came to me with a transparent heart the other day and told me she’s not sure she has made the right decision. I told her NOTHING is impossible with God. I want to help her heal from her past and help them come back together as God intended. I probably can benefit from this book as well for my “future marriage” :)

  18. My husband and I were married on August 10th, 2002 in Eau Claire, WI. It was supposed to be unseasonally cold and rainy but it tured out to be 76 and sunny. Just a beautiful and wonderful day. 2 kids later, we have many turns in the crazy cycle but God gives us mercy and grace so we try to do the same for each other!

  19. We were married on December 31, 2004, so we recently celebrated 5 years. We have a blended family which comes with its own set of challenges, but God is good and we are surviving! Together we have a set of twin girls that can light up a room. We married in a historic building in Ada, OK and it could not have gone better.

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