Monday, February 8, 2010

Love and War

What the Eldredge bestsellers Wild at Heart did for men, and Captivating did for women, LOVE and 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 and 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 and 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.

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

 Book Review

"Honey, I love you, but sometimes I just don't like you."     Have you ever said or thought that about your spouse?        If so, you definitely understand Love and War.     If not, then you need to understand.      One of the greatest lessons of getting married is that the feeling of the wedding day won't carry through you your entire marriage.      As a new bride, I woke up about six months after getting married and rolled over to see my husband laying on the pillow beside me.      I had moments of panic.    Did I really agree to be married?    Forever?   As in the rest of my life?    How is he going to put up with me?    How am I going to put up with him?   Were we crazy?      Breathe.   Breathe.    Breathe.

Fortunately, John and Stasi Eldridge recognize that lots of people go through these exact thoughts.    They did.      They use this book to admit all that they have done -- right and wrong.     All the baggage they brought in to their marriage.    

This is such an open and in your face look at marriage.    It isn't flowery and sugar coated.     It is open and honest.    It is for people who are serious and want to be married.    Through LOVE and WAR.     Because what John and Stasi want married people to realize and admit is that every marriage is going to be a combination of both of those things.   

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

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