Monday, February 8, 2010

Book Review: Love & War

Epic taught us about the great adventure story God is writing daily. Wild at Heart explored man's role in it. Captivity helps us understand woman's role. Now Love & War puts it all together with a brilliant look at marriage.

Love & War first helps us understand what God planned for marriage to be. John and Stasi Eldredge weave tales of Eden with stories of their own marriage to help us see what God intended, what marriage often becomes, and how God can help us recover. Life is all about learning to love; marriage is the school where God can teach us the most!

Spiritual warfare is an on-going theme in this adventure. The Eldredges teach us that our marriages have an enemy, someone who wants to destroy our love. They reveal some of his strategies and teach us to prayerfully fight together against him instead of turning on one another in ignorance. They include an appendix of prayers in the back of the book to provide a model of this, along with stories of their own experiences.

Along with the metaphor of a great adventure story and the lessons in spiritual warfare that teach us to depend on God together is quite a bit of practical advice and encouragement for getting along day by day: how to love, how to fight, how to put up with petty annoyances, dreaming, playing, trusting, and weathering life's storms. The Eldredges close with ideas on where to go from there, next steps for making and keeping a marriage healthy and strong.

I mentioned in a previous post that there are few marriage books I trust or recommend. I explained why and shared my criteria for a good marriage book. So I laughed at the beginning of this book, when John said he and Stasi found reading marriage books to be a lot like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. But these two know what they're talking about. Whether you're just starting out or celebrating your 25th anniversary like the authors just did, this book will be worth your time.
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This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah. Thank you!

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