Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Book Review: Love & War Devotional for Couples

Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

The “Love & War Devotional for Couples” is an 8-week study that supplements John and Stasi Eldredge’s novel “Love & War.” The devotional is perfect for busy couples. The daily devotions take only a few minutes to read. Each one begins and ends with a Scripture and includes a prayer. The reader is encouraged to complete one exercise per week with the goal of strengthening her relationship with her spouse. The overall theme of the book is that marriage is sometimes hard, but it is also wonderful when God is at the center of the union.

This devotional claims to be “for couples;” however, it seemed to be written for an audience of one – not two. All the prayers use the language, “I” and “my” as opposed to “we” and “our.” Even the exercises seemed to be intended for one person to complete by himself.

The tag-line of this devotional is “the 8-week adventure that will help you find the marriage you always dreamed of.” While the reflections offer comfort and encouragement for people having a difficult time in their marriage, I thought it was a bit lacking in substance. Perhaps it is because I was completing the devotional without first reading “Love & War,” and I would have had a different experience by reading the book first. I also would have much preferred to read a devotional that is intended for the couple to carry out together. My husband had a similar sentiment.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

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