Thursday, June 14, 2012

Love & War Devotional for Couples by John & Stasi Eldredge REVIEW

Love and War Devotional
Is your relationship with your spouse far from the union you’d hoped it would be? John and Stasi Eldredge know about the realities of marriage—and they know why it’s so important to take hold of the dreams you once had and see God fulfill them.

In this eight-week devotional, John and Stasi will guide you and your spouse to see God’s heart for your marriage more clearly. This life-changing guide includes new insights, encouraging Scriptures, and practical exercises that will help you develop a personal plan for a vibrant marriage.

As John and Stasi write, “We learn to love moment by moment. Day by day. Week by week. Our marriages grow and become what God intended and what we ultimately long for in the same way. We are, all of us, learning to love.”

When I saw this devotional book for review, I went for it. I have always enjoyed devotionals-mainly to help me stay focused on my relationship with Christ and so I don't forget to spend time with Him even with "a busy life" because we all know and (and face it) any and all relationships take work. And as much as we love and care about our spouse, still takes work. But this was the first devotional I have read about married couples doing a devotional, and together at that! And since I have been married a little over three years, I of course grabbed at the opportunity. My husband is not big on devotionals. He is big on reading but he is very picky about who he reads. At first it was a bit of a struggle to get him to do with me, but after the first few nights he was right there with me. I loved that everything in this devotional was backed up with scripture, including the prayer at the end of each devotional.
What I enjoyed about this book was that not only was it divided into an eight week "adventure" but each week had a different topic that went into depth for a week. Such as Week one is *Remembering What We Wanted; which was broken down into Romance Meets Reality, Recovering Desire, A Glorious Difficulty, etc* and Week eight which is entitled *The Most Excellent Way which gets broken into Healing,Forgiveness, Learning to Love, etc* (can't give them all away! ;)
When the book ended, it was bittersweet. We were proud we finished it together and enjoyed it. It shed light on problems one or both of us weren't aware of, helped one or both of us talk to the other about an issue(s). This book was very helpful and I/we strongly encourage other couples (married long time or not) to read this. You won't regret it.
We even went on a date to celebrate it!

I received this book from LitFuse Publicity-Blogging for Books


Cheryl said...

I enjoyed this book too. Thank for sharing your thoughts.

Elisha German said...

Cheryl- It is a good book:) Thank you for stopping by:)