Monday, February 8, 2010

Love & War - Finding The Marriage You've Dreamed Of

Love & War – Finding the Marriage You’ve Dreamed Of
Written by John and Stasi Eldredge
Published at Doubleday

About the book
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.

Who are John and Stasi Eldredge?
JOHN ELDREDGE is the founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. John is the author of numerous books, including Epic, Waking the Dead, Wild at Heart, and Desire, and coauthor of Captivating and The Sacred Romance.

STASI ELDREDGE, who is passionate about mentoring women in finding their true identity as the beloved of Christ, has been leading women's Bible studies for years. With a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and formerly on staff with Youth for Christ, Stasi now leads the women's ministry of Ransomed Heart. She has been married to John for nineteen years and together, they have three sons.

My Thoughts
Absolutely love it! I am not completely done with this book as I have received it earlier last week but I must tell you that it is an excellent book about marriage. I have read numerous books from the Eldredges in the past and when I got the opportunity to review this book I jumped on it knowing full well that I would appreciate their insights on marriage. We even met John when we were at the Pillars Seminar at Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs back in June 2000. Back then he talked about his book The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God written with Brent Curtis

The whole book covers multiple issues in a marriage and reading through it you will learn that every one have issues even well known authors. I was surprised to see that John and Stasi had brought the possibility of divorce in their discussion but it was so refreshing and encouraging that they were able to get over this issue and work on their marriage.

John and Stasi both write about the subject of marriage from the man and woman angle. I think it is important that a couple write a book on marriage and both share their thoughts on it. It is quite interesting to hear both of them telling us what went through their mind for various events in their life together like the whole 25th anniversary celebration.

While reading this book you will get some moments where the light bulb will click and then you will understand some of the issues you are experiencing in your marriage. I realized some things from my past and my parents’ relationship. I know that marriage need some work and it’s always nice to remind yourself about this when you read such a good book... Reading this book got me thinking on the things that could improve in my marriage with my husband. And it reminded me that without God there is no way a marriage can survive.

Valentine Day is coming this week. Why not invest in your marriage and read together this wonderful book from the Eldredges. You won’t be disappointed. It will speak to you and your spouse on various levels. I know it because the book spoke to me. This is definitively a book that I would recommend to any couples – engaged or married. It’s the kind of book that you will go back often throughout your marriage.

This review was possible because I received a copy of Love & War from WaterBrook Multnomah.

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