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Hope, encouragement, tools, and a good old fashioned kick in the pants all wrapped up in a new release "Love and War" by John and Stasi Eldredge. As a family, we are more than familiar with their writings. "Wild at Heart" and "Captivating" shaped our lives. For me personally, "Captivating" remains on my top five list of books to radically transform my life. With eager anticipation, I jumped at the chance to review their new book, "Love & War; Finding the marriage you've dreamed of."
In this season of my life, I truly comprehend the war, the battle ground. I have stood in the midst of it not realizing that my marriage was under serious attack. As overseas missionaries, we focused on ministry as the bombs continued to hit our barracks. I knew how to fight for others, and repair war torn injuries on the field, but I failed to protect my own bunker.
Thankfully, we have a loving God who opened our eyes to the battle all around us. We are in the midst of guarding our marriage, rebuilding the lie bombed areas hit from the enemy, and learning to radically love again. One of our tools, "Love and War".
With raw realness, John and Stasi, fight alongside of all of us. Honesty, humor, and hope season every chapter and draw us into the greatest love story of our lives. The truth spills into our marriage and reinforces the things we knew while giving us new strategy to attack our real enemy.
The authors invite us into their marriage. The mistakes, the religious things that brought no true joy in marriage, the triumphs, the lessons they learned from the heart of God; all of it delivered with reality. In this fluff free zone, truth is shared openly and honestly. They truly understand and help us to see that "Marriage is fabulously hard." We need an understanding of this sentence and this faithful couple walk us through hand in hand, sharing the joys and utterly fabulous parts as well as the difficulties and how to walk victoriously through them.
A unique style comes to the literary table. Her thoughts. His perspective. They share the task engaging both wife and husband to come and sit, dine through their words and nourish any marriage. Wherever you are in your marriage, newlywed with starry glazed eyes, married for an eternity or allowing God to restore your marriage into His plans after 12 years, Love & War will challenge you and teach you.
You can learn more about his book here And feel free to join me in reviewing other great books (this is my first)! This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.
I would love to hear if you have read this book as well, or any other titles that have shaped your life today! Leave a comment and share a title or few that you would encourage me to read (or others). I love getting to know you by the tidbits you leave as we splash around together.