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WaterBrook Press / 2009 / ePub

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John and Stasi's new book, Love and War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of does for couples what Captivating did for women and Wild at Heart did for men. In it couples are encouraged to fight for one another and not with each other. The Eldredge's liken marriage to a love story occurring within the context of a war. As couples fight the forces at work against their marriage, they need to remember that they are in this together. Alternating chapters show the male and female perspectives and as they share their personal experiences, they let you know that it is in the context of marriage that God chooses to heal and transform you into His image. Hardcover.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780307590237
ISBN-13: 9780307590237
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Author Bio

JOHN ELDREDGE is the founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. John is the author of numerous books, including Epic, Waking the Dead, Wild at Heart, and Desire, and coauthor of Captivating and The Sacred Romance.

STASI ELDREDGE, who is passionate about mentoring women in finding their true identity as the beloved of Christ, has been leading women's Bible studies for years. With a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and formerly on staff with Youth for Christ, Stasi now leads the women's ministry of Ransomed Heart. She has been married to John for nineteen years and together, they have three sons.


From the Hardcover edition.

Endorsements

“John and Stasi nailed it. This book opens to an untouched snapshot of a real, live redeemed marriage and closes with hope and hunger for our own. These two have proved again and again that they’re willing to put themselves out there for somebody else’s sake. Is it any wonder God uses them like He does? The moment we decide to throw more energy into fighting for our mate than with him, the crack of a fist on the enemy’s jaw splits the ears of angels.”
—Beth Moore
Author of Get Out of That Pit and Breaking Free

“John and Stasi Eldredge lead us into the heart of marriage...not as we always dreamed it would be, but as it really is...a relationship between two flawed individuals who are discovering together that marriage is difficult. Their willingness to speak honestly about their relationship proves their point...that “loving costs everything but loving is always worth it.” If you are willing to fight for the love and happiness God intended your marriage to provide, every chapter of Love & War will cheer you on!”
—Dr. David Jeremiah
Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
Founder & CEO, Turning Point

“I need help to grow as a husband. I have written a few books on marriage, but I am never done reading, reflecting or wrestling with the issues that keep my marriage from being sweeter and deeper. John and Stasi offer a courageous, honest, and compelling picture of what is involved in growing beyond one’s initial commitment and desire for intimacy. This is a book of wisdom and hope for those who want more than mere complacency or convenience. It is a beautiful labor that will move your marriage to far deeper joy.”
—Dan B. Allender
Professor of Counseling Psychology, Mars Hill Graduate School
Author, Intimate Allies and To Be Told

About the Authors

John and Stasi Eldredge have been married for more than twenty-five years. They are the parents of three sons, Samuel, Blaine and Luke. They live in Colorado.

JOHN is the founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. He is the author of several bestsellers including Wild at Heart, Waking the Dead, The Way of the Wild Heart, and Walking with God. He is coauthor of Captivating with Stasi. John is an avid outdoorsman who pursues his other passions - fly-fishing, mountain-climbing, and exploring the waters of the west in his canoe - every chance he gets.

STASI leads the women's ministry of Ransomed Heart, where she lives her passion for mentoring women in embracing their identity as the Beloved of Christ. Thousands of women have participated in the Captivating retreats she leads. Stasi coauthored the bestseller Captivating with John. She has a B.A. in sociology and was formerly on staff with Youth for Christ. She can be found more often outdoors than in the kitchen. She enjoys bubble baths, deep conversations, the wind, her dog and horse, her garden, a good movie, and a good cry. She also likes when someone else does the dishes.

Publisher's Weekly

The Eldredges’ newest book has bestseller written all over it. The pair addressed men and women separately in Wild at Heart (John) and Captivating (Stasi) and now put that knowledge together in a book on marriage. Christianity, they say, is a love story set amid war, with marriage “a living, breathing portrait laid out before the eyes of the world so that they might see the story of the ages.” For them, marriage is the perfect storm that brings together basic differences in men and women, individual styles of relating, sin, and brokenness. The Eldredges offer sound advice on topics such as the delights of companionship, understanding the enemy is Satan and not your spouse, finding your marriage’s mission, taboo topics, and, yes, sex. They are honest and forthright, never skirting a difficult issue; instead, they offer hope, insight, and their own lives as examples of what God can accomplish. Their summation of marriage: “It can be done. And it is worth it.” So is this book. (Dec.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Love & War: Finding the Marriage You’ve Dreamed Of

The Eldredges’ newest book has bestseller written all over it. The pair addressed men and women separately in Wild at Heart (John) and Captivating (Stasi) and now put that knowledge together in a book on marriage. Christianity, they say, is a love story set amid war, with marriage "a living, breathing portrait laid out before the eyes of the world so that they might see the story of the ages."

For them, marriage is the perfect storm that brings together basic differences in men and women, individual styles of relating, sin, and brokenness. The Eldredges offer sound advice on topics such as the delights of companionship, understanding the enemy is Satan and not your spouse, finding your marriage’s mission, taboo topics, and, yes, sex. They are honest and forthright, never skirting a difficult issue; instead, they offer hope, insight, and their own lives as examples of what God can accomplish. Their summation of marriage: "It can be done. And it is worth it." So is this book. 
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"John and Stasi nailed it. This book opens to an untouched snapshot of a real, live redeemed marriage and closes with hope and hunger for our own. These two have proved again and again that they’re willing to put themselves out there for somebody else’s sake. Is it any wonder God uses them like He does? The moment we decide to throw more energy into fighting for our mate than with him, the crack of a fist on the enemy’s jaw splits the ears of angels."
—Beth Moore
Author of Get Out of That Pit and Breaking Free


"John and Stasi Eldredge lead us into the heart of marriage...not as we always dreamed it would be, but as it really is... a relationship between two flawed individuals who are discovering together that marriage is difficult.  Their willingness to speak honestly about their relationship proves their point... that "loving costs everything but loving is always worth it."  If you are willing to fight for the love and happiness God intended your marriage to provide, every chapter of Love & War will cheer you on!"
—Dr. David Jeremiah
Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
Founder & CEO, Turning Point
 
"I need help to grow as a husband.  I have written a few books on marriage, but I am never done reading, reflecting or wrestling with the issues that keep my marriage from being sweeter and deeper.  John and Stasi offer a courageous, honest, and compelling picture of what is involved in growing beyond one’s initial commitment and desire for intimacy.  This is a book of wisdom and hope for those who want more than mere complacency or convenience.  It is a beautiful labor that will move your marriage to far deeper joy." 
—Dan B. Allender
Professor of Counseling Psychology, Mars Hill Graduate School
Author, Intimate Allies and To Be Told


From the Hardcover edition.

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  1. North Shore, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2013
    Season Bos
    North Shore, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have to wonder if long-winded gentleman from ChristianBookPreviews.com even read the book. Friend, the introduction states that fairy tales are based on the Gospel; nowhere does Eldredge claim them to be interchangeable, and he certainly does not say that that Gospel is at the same level as fairy tales. Good grief. As far as looking to the heart goes, Eldredge's point is that we were entirely created by the Lord, who IS love, to reflect Him. He certainly doesn't call the Lord unholy, and the Gospel is clearly detailed as early as page 17, not as late as page 69. If you prefer to simply skim the book and twist the author's words, then the review from ChristianBookPreviews.com is what you'll come up with. If you actually read the book, you'll find it to be a useful tool when it comes to keeping your marriage on the right path.
  2. Temple, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible insight
    May 30, 2013
    Drew P
    Temple, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am a year into a divorce filed by my wife, and I have been doing a lot of soul-searching as God reveals my flaws. It is amazing how different I look through His eyes instead of my prideful lenses.

    This book is incredible in that, rather than being written from either a male or female perspective, it is co-authored by a fluent husband and wife who share their perspectives on some of the issues in their weather-worn marriage. By their mutual devotion to God and each other, it is evident that God can and will bring a husband and wife into closer harmony when both spouses are willing to allow Him to operate and refine each other's shortcomings and acknowledge the effect of wounds each spouse brings into the marriage.

    I would highly recommend Love and War and have already shared it with friends.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book on marriage!
    December 15, 2011
    LisaH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Love & War" by John & Stasi Eldredge is a refreshingly open, insightful, and well-written book on marriage and the common struggles that plague us within this primary relationship. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is married or about to be.

    The Eldredges have tackled the topic of marriage in a fresh way. They continually refer to marriage as the microcosm of the bigger story of our relationship with God. They are quick to point out that marriage is the means in which we learn to love, and also one of the biggest recipients of Satan's attacks. After all, marriage is about "love and war."

    This book is beautifully written. John is an amazing story teller, and both he and his wife are often painfully honest in their own struggles. This allows the reader to connect with them throughout the book, almost as if conversing with them at the kitchen table. They often show both perspectives (husband and wife) of the same situation, giving the reader the opportunity to understand marriage struggles in a deeper way.

    This book is refreshing and full of wisdom, backed up by real life experiences.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  4. Michigan
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good Read
    December 13, 2011
    Amanda
    Michigan
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Love And War by John and Stasi Eldredge is a good read for any engaged or married couple. John and Stasi's vulnerability in sharing their ups and downs in their journey together in marriage brings a real aspect to the book's message. It encourages the readers that there is hope and that a God honoring marriage is worth the fight.

    The message of Love and War is that marriage is hard and is a war, but that our spouse is not the enemy. The real enemy is Satan who plots and schemes to destroy love. John and Stasi Eldredge show how the war can be won by fighting for each other instead of against each other.

    I enjoyed getting the male and female perspective together in the book, it helps to give the reader a balanced perspective that most marriage books don't give. There is alot of good truths and tools to be used to enrich your marriage, though I did find it a little shallow. I think it is a exceptionally good tool for those couples who are new to the christian faith, but if you are looking for something that goes deeper and really challanges you, this is not the book for you. I found it to be lacking real depth.

    All in all it was a good read.

    ~I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Truly a blessing to marriage...
    July 29, 2011
    thesachsgirl
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Marriage is fabulously hard." That's one of the first statements that John & Stasi Eldredge make about marriage, and they just get more real from there. They don't sugarcoat things in Love & War, they tell it like it is, and it's not easy.

    Throughout the book they discuss their own marriage, with honesty and openness that is both refreshing and endearing. You see their own brokenness and heartache, and read how they have worked to keep it together. They talk about how they each contributed to that, how their own individual issues, if you will, contributed to the issues in their marriage, and how they both worked to save what is so dear to them.

    I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book, but once I did it really registered. Whether you are having problems in your marriage or if you are newlyweds who think you never will, this book is for you. If you are engaged and preparing for marriage, this book is for you. Love & War is a true, open, honest look at what marriage is and how it really works. It's not sugarcoated and full of platitudes about how much we have to work but if we do it will be smooth sailing. They are honest that it takes work, and work, and even then work some more. But something beautiful is there, and you can find it, with work.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program. 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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