Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Review: Love & War Devotional for Couples by John & Stasi Eldredge

Love & War Devotional for Couples is the 8-week devotional for couples based on John & Stasi Eldredge's book, Love & War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of. You can read my review of that book here. If you've read Love & War, you will find the content in this devotional familiar. It's the concise version with the addition of a prayer at the end of each day's reading and an exercise at the end of each week's readings. Also, each reading starts and ends with Scriptures. This devotional can be read together as a couple or read individually. The authors offer bite-sized nuggets of wisdom to help readers grow in their relationship with God and with his/her spouse. John and Stasi Eldredge tell you upfront that marriage is hard and that we live in a love story set in the midst of a war (not against our spouse but against the devil). However, don't lose heart; God is here to help you and your spouse fight for a fulfilled marriage that glorifies Him. I enjoyed reading this devotional even though I already read the book Love & War because it's good to be reminded again of all the important stuff in marriage by focusing on Scripture. I especially loved the prayers; they're from the heart and to the point.

"A tangible way to love our spouses is to encourage them to spend time in the Word. Spend time in prayer. Seek God. He alone is the source of true life and happiness." (p. 47)

"Pressed to choose our 'top three things that would most help your marriage,' we would come down to this list: 1) find life in God, 2) deal with your brokenness, and 3) learn to shut down the spiritual warfare that comes against your marriage." (p. 76)

- Click here to download chapter one of Love and War Devotional for Couples .
- You can purchase the book here or here.
- Visit the authors' website at http://www.ransomedheart.com/ .
- You can join their social networking site at http://ransomedheart.net/main/ .

~I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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