07 June, 2011

Love & War, by John and Stasi Eldridge

Love & War: Finding Your Way to Something Beautiful in Your Marriage is written by John and Stasi Eldridge, who continue the candid and deep vulnerability readers discovered in their earlier best-selling books Wild at Heart and Captivating. Through personal stories of heartache and humble triumph in their marriage as well as in those willing to share with them, they encourage couples to view each other not as enemies, but as lovers worth fighting for, showing how to win “by fighting for each other, instead of against each other.”

As a woman, I dream of our marriage being like a fairy tale. Yet I am a sinner saved by grace, married to a sinner saved by grace. Furthermore, I am a woman married to a man. We can often be as different as night and day! J In our daily life, however, I am able to glimpse with the Eldridges’ the incredible mercy of God, who loves Dwight and I more than we even love each other. Far more. And he is working a tale for His glory and even our delight!

Although I have many other marriage books that I prefer over this one, I greatly appreciate their emphasis on prayer and on life being a battleground in an unseen spiritual war. Satan truly does want our marriages and families to fail, and we need the cleansing and freeing power of God in the midst. We need to ask for it, to crave it, and to live in it. Hopefully the reader will grasp the heart of the Eldridges’ in this and be further spurred to engulf their own marital relationship in prayer as a lover-team for God’s glory.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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