Love & War by John and Staci Eldredge is probably the best marriage book I've ever read. If you are married then you need to read this book. If you're ever thinking of getting married then buy a copy now and keep it for later.
Love & War paints a true picture of what marriage is really like. It points out that even the strongest marriages have hard times and that marriage in itself is hard work. It goes against everything that is natural for a human to do. Marriage involves putting someone else's needs above your own.
Some of my favorite lines from this book were:
"Marriage is hard. It's hard because it's opposed. The devil hates marriage; he hates this beautiful picture of Jesus and His bride that it represents.....The world hates marriage. It hates unity and faithfulness and monogamy." (pg 38)
"There are two kinds of people in this world--the clueless and the repentant." (pg 55)
"I hate Valentine's Day. There, I said it." (pg 57-beginning of Chapter 4)
"The secret of happiness is this: God is the love you are longing for." (pg 70)
I'm telling you, this is a great book. It would make a perfect wedding gift.
If you've toyed with the idea of divorce BUY THIS BOOK.
Here's a summary of the book:
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.
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This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.