Sunday, February 7, 2010

Book Review - Love and War

Love and War by John and Stasi Eldredge
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
ISBN: 978-0-385-52980-8


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 acknowledgment: 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.


I LOVE this book. It's that simple. This has to be the best book on marriage I've ever read - and I've read a lot of marriage books.

This is not exactly your typical "how to" marriage book with all these bullet point things that you must do to have a good marriage. It's a book about putting the Lord in the middle of your marriage, praying with each other and remembering there is an enemy that prowls the earth that wants your marriage to fail. They talk about the different ways that satan will start to try and pull you and you spouse apart - this was an eye-opener for me! I mean, we as Christians, all know this, but we don't always think about it in practical terms.

The other thing about this book I loved is that they use personal stories throughout and, for me, this makes me feel like I'm not alone in the issues that marriage brings to our life. John and Stasi share a lot of personal stories and it's like the light shining on the issues we have in our own life and there are a lot of "ah-ha" moments. I personally learned a lot about the baggage we bring into the marriage and how our families we great up with, can continue to affect our marriage.

This book is going on my bookshelf. I want to read it again and again. Trust me when I tell you that you'll love this book. It's a great book if you've been married one year or fifty years. You'll learn something and your marriage will be better for it!

If you would like to purchase this book (which I highly recommend!), it is available from here:

This book was provided to me for review by Waterbrook Multnomah.

God bless you - Julie

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