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.
I admit that I was predisposed to like this book. I have read and done a study with some ladies on the book Captivating; and loved it. I had just as high of hopes for this book. Plus, it is a book on marriage…it has to be good, right? Well no, it doesn’t have to be; but it is. I devoured this book. It is written in such an easy and straightforward manner that it just pulls you in. It is relatable. In each of their books that I’ve read, they relate situations and emotions to movies or books. I totally get that! I do the same thing and so when they say that this person is feeling this, like this character in that movie, I completely understand and can relate. I appreciate that style of writing greatly.
They also pull no punches. There is a lot of straight talk in this book. They don’t get heavy-handed with just one of the sexes; they spread out the exhortation to both and make their point with love. There are admonitions coupled with clear ideas of how to make changes and get your marriage on the right path. Between the personal stories and the stories of others that they know, we see clear examples of ‘how to’ and ‘how not to’ in each situation they talk about.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would heartily recommend it to anyone that is married or thinking about getting married. In the Introduction to the book, they state “It Can Be Done, and It Is Worth It.” I couldn’t agree more. This is a book that I will revisit through the years just to remind myself of the importance of working on my marriage and myself.
This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.
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