Friday, February 12, 2010

Book Review ~ Love & War

Y'all know how much I love great books, right? I've been blessed to be able to receive a few advanced copies of some great books these days and it is my pleasure to share a few of them with you over the next couple of weeks.

Today I wanted to take a minute to tell you about a brand new book from John & Stasi Eldredge called "Love & War ~ Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of".

Here's a quick summary from the publishers;
What the Eldredge bestsellers Wild at Heart did for men, and Captivating did for women, LOVE & WAR will do for married couples everywhere. John and Stasi Eldredge have contributed the quintessential works on Christian spirituality through the experience of men and the experience of women and now they turn their focus to the incredible dynamic between those two forces.

With refreshing openness that will grab readers from the first page, the Eldredges candidly discuss their own marriage and the insights they’ve gained from the challenges they faced. Each talks independently to the reader about what they’ve learned, giving their guidance personal immediacy and a balance between the male and female perspectives that has been absent from all previous books on this topic. They begin LOVE & WAR with an obvious but necessary acknowledgement: Marriage is fabulously hard. They advise that the sooner we get the shame and confusion off our backs, the sooner we'll find our way through.

LOVE & WAR shows couples how to fight for their love and happiness, calling men and women to step into the great adventure God has waiting for them together. Walking alongside John and Stasi Eldredge, every couple can discover how their individual journeys are growing into a story of meaning much greater than anything they could do or be on their own.

Here are a few of my thoughts;
I've been married for almost seventeen years (holy smokes where did the time go?) and I can tell you this, marriage is not easy. There isn't the same respect for marriage these days as there used to be a long time ago. There are things fighting against marriages in this world and if you want to have a rock solid marriage then you need to be prepared to put in the work.

This book has opened my eyes to see that each and every one of our marriages are a gift from God and that if we want to truly enjoy the blessing He has given us then we should be prepared to fight for it, work towards it, learn from each other, and grow to be the best that we can be for each other and for His glory.

Hey, the reality is that none of us are perfect and we all come into our marriages with "stuff", but learning to deal with our "stuff" in healthy and productive ways help make our marriages even stronger. What a great book to keep on your night stand and read a little bit each and every day so you can continue to build and strengthen your marriage.

Seeking JOY on the Journey,

Disclaimer: This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah, but the thoughts and views expressed are completely my own.

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3 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Duane and Kristina 3:12 PM  

Thanks for the review! Haven't heard of it but going to CBD right now to see if I can order it!

Marriage IS hard...we have learned this firsthand. Yet, we have learned even better just how faithful & strong our God is! We need to hold onto Him to calm our storms! =)

Gina Conroy 11:49 PM  

I went to their seminar last night and it was really good. I was reluctant to sit through a marriage thing, but they were so real, funny and encouraging!

stacey 8:40 PM  

our last 3 ladies' retreats have been based on the captivating book. good stuff. will have to check this one out. my friend has been to the retreat/workshop in colorado with stasi.

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