Wednesday, December 22, 2010
First off, I love devotional books, especially devotionals for couples. My husband and I both love to read, so this gives us a way to strengthen and discuss our faith together while sharing our love for reading. Over the last year we have read several books together (we usually read a chapter or devotion after Sydney goes to bed). So, of course, I was excited to be able to review a couples devotional.
Awhile back, I reveiwed "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge, and really enjoyed it, so I had high expectations for this devotional. "Love and War" was written by John & Stasi Eldredge to help couples "Capture the Vision of a Love Worth Fighting For." The book gives new insightsand practical exercises to help you grow a more vibrant marriage. The 8-week (5 days a week) devotional was written to accompany the book and help couples go a little deeper into the study. Their hope is that the devotional will be a daily reminder that marriage is work - every day.
I enjoyed reading the devotional even though I haven't read the book. I did find the devotional by itself a little repetitive (though sometimes we need that)! I'm sure if I had been reading the book along with the devotional, the differences would have been more clear to me. The devotional focuses mainly on reminding you that marriage is work. We aren't all princess marrying princes, and if we were it would still be work (remember one of them had to leave their home and usually their country). The thing to remember is that God is there to help you along the way. He wants your marriage to work! Even though the world is telling you that divorce is easy and common and completely ok, God wants to help you try to make it work (obviously, I'm not talking about abusive relationships - those are never ok)! I plan to read their book, "Love and War" soon, and when I do...I'll let you all know about it!
**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. See full disclaimer for more information**
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