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. We were married on November 27, 1981 in Mooresville, NC. It was wonderful that my whole family from PA and his Mom from MN could be there!

  2. My husband and I were married on August 5, 2000. I loved planning our wedding and we had a great time on our honeymoon to Hawaii.

  3. Married Sept18,2000 in ft hood Texas. We renewed our vows on our 9th wedding anniversary, because he would not be here for our 10th, he is deployed this year:( but he loves this book and just finished reading it and has been trying to get me to buy one! Thanks

  4. My husband and I were married on May 20, 1995 in Arizona. It was an amazing day and such a blessing that so many of our family and friends could be in attendance! Every year on our anniversary, we look through our wedding album and watch our wedding video. It’s become a special tradition to take that trip down memory lane. Our son, who is eight, enjoys it, too. He thinks it’s fun to see how everyone looked “back then”!

  5. My husband and I were married on July 25, 1992 at Mayfair Church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama surrounded by wonderful family and friends. It was a magnificent day!

  6. My husband and I were married on June 17, 1995 in Worthington, MN. We were married in my home church there and one of the former pastors from when I was in HS was the officiant. My dad is a florist, so I picked colors I liked and he went to town. Everything was beautiful and it was a very special day! I’ve heard a lot about this book and even recommended that a friend read it. I have not yet read it but would like to!

    Rebecca Ann

  7. My husband and I were married June 23, 1979 in Arizona. I confess that respect for him has always been a challenge for me, not sure why this should be so. I could sure use the book, I think! Thanks a bunch for the chance.

  8. April 26, 2008 in Aurora, IL. Started out windy and overcast, but God saw it fitting to allow us to take some beautiful, sunny pictures surrounded by tulips in bloom.

  9. My husband and I were married on March 4, 1996 in Miami, Florida abourd the cruise ship that was to be our honeymoon trip. My husband has a fear of public speaking and being in front of crowds. I have 14 aunts and uncles along with their spouses and children. If we were to have had a church wedding I wouldn’t have gotten my groom to the front of the church LOL. We were only allowed 10 guests by the cruise line :o). And I think it was a wise investment to spend more on the honeymoon than the wedding itself. Now if I wouldn’t have gotten seasick that first night :o/. (It wasn’t just me though, they ran out of dramamine!!!)

  10. My husband and I were married on August 29, 1975 in Tampa, Florida. This year will be our 35th wedding anniversary. God made marriage to be beautifully designed. I haven’t always shown my husband the love and respect he deserves, but, God is so good in restoring what we mess up. He makes all things good and right and I know this year is going to be a great, wonderful spiritually growing year for us both, and I’m excited about that!

  11. We were married on Feb 17, 1990 in Garden City, NY. I am even more in love with him now than that day which I didn’t think possible. Twenty years coming up next week!

  12. My husband and I got married in Oklahoma City on July 14, 1995. Just a few days before the wedding my soon-to-be husband got a serious stomach bug – he couldn’t stop throwing up. I remember calling my soon-to-be mother-in-law in tears because he wanted me to take him to the emergency room!!!! Needless to say, he made it!!!!! And we have been happily married since!

  13. July 24, 1999 at Evergreen Covenant Church in Rockford, Illinois. I believe it turned out to be the HOTTEST July 24th in Rockford EVER, and of course my church was not air-conditioned until 5 years later, which my five brothers have not forgiven me for. But, that is not what’s important to the marriage, and we have a great one! :-)

  14. Graeme and I were married March 28, 1989, at the Horse Prairie Ranger station, a two room log cabin, 40 miles southwest of Dillon, Montana. It was a stormy, blustery day, the ceremony preformed by Warren Smith, a Methodist minister, with guests including Graeme’s family and a few friend. Graeme’s children played their fiddles. It was a loved filled day then, just as each day is 21 years later. God has really blessed us.

  15. Chris and I were married on November 24, 2001 at Savannah Woods Plantation outside Memphis TN.

    Chris is a University of Iowa Hawkeye and bleeds black and gold. Iowa always plays Iowa State in football in early September but in 2001, because of September 11th the game was moved to our wedding date. Chris was so anxious to get the ceremony done and over but only so he and his brother (our best man and Iowa State alum) could check the score!

  16. My husband and I were married on July 3, 1993 at Christ Church United Methodist in Racine, WI. It was a beautiful day and not too hot!

  17. My husband Mike and I were married May 30 (opening day of Bass season, he says), 1981 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Trenton, Michigan.

    I’d pick him again!!

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