Friday, February 12, 2010

Review: Love and War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of by John and Stasi Eldredge


Love and War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of by John and Stasi Eldredge
Publisher: Waterbrook/Multinomah
Publish Date: December 15, 2009
Hardcover, 240 pages
My Thoughts:

It's been a busy week and I must confess I haven't finished this book yet, but from what I have read so far - I feel this is a good book.  In our marriage counseling our pastor warned us that marriage was not all sunshine and happiness.  In fact he told us to ignore the word happiness and that what we were looking for was overall joy.  Happiness is fleeting, but joy can stay with us.  Joy can be there even when we are upset with each other.

That's what this book is saying to me so far too.  It is realistic and easy to read.  John and Stasi know what marriage is like and they are writing this book to help the everyday couple.  The couple with a schedule to full, the one that contains two selfish people (because aren't we all this way in this day and age), and the couple that longs to have a satisfying and joyful marriage.

If you struggle in your marriage, or if you are content, but want a better marriage, if you are getting married for the first or the fourth time, read this book.  From what I've read so far, this book is on the mark with practical marriage advice.

About This 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.

Read an excerpt here.
Find formats and ways to purchase here.

This book was provided to me by the publisher, Waterbrook/Multinomah for review.  When I am finished with the book I will be donating it to my pastor and/or church library.


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