Love at First Fight: 52 Story-Based Meditations for Married Couples
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Love at First Fight promises encouragement and hope to married couples whose once endearing, charming, distinct personalities have become irritating and stressful. In sharing humorous, personal stories from both the male and female perspective, husband and wife writing team Carey and Dena Dyer will help readers discover that a fun, resilient, fulfilling marriage can be realized through hard work, forgiveness, God's grace, and a sense of humor.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1634097807
ISBN-13: 9781634097802

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Love at First Fight is a book that will give your marriage encouragement and hope if you find that the once endearing, charming, and distinct qualities that once attracted you to your spouse are now a source of stress and conflict. In sharing humorous, personal stories from both the male and female perspective, husband and wife writing team Carey and Dena Dyer will help you discover that a fun, resilient, fulfilling marriage can be realized through hard work, forgiveness, God’s grace, and a sense of humor. Learn how to strengthen your marriage with these fifty-two conversational meditations that begin with scripture, end with prayers, and include practical action steps to develop a deeper connection with your spouse.

Editorial Reviews

"Love at First Fight is a delight! My husband and I read parts of it together, and we both laughed out loud at Dena and Carey’s first-person narratives. Having enjoyed our own marital adventure for thirty-seven years, we could well relate to the different issues and discoveries that the authors share from their own marriage; the prayers, advice, and questions to consider all rang true and offer a valuable resource to any married couple who want to make their marriage relationship the best it can possibly be."
–Jan Dunlap, Author of the International Bestseller Saved by Gracie: How a Rough-and-Tumble Rescue Dog Dragged Me Back to Health, Happiness, and God (Authentic Publishers, 2014)

"Approaching the seriousness of marriage in a lighthearted manner, Carey and Dena Dyer help couples laugh through the tears, accept each other's flaws, and love each other through it all. Complete with tips from marriage pros and thought-provoking discussion questions, Carey and Dena demonstrate that every couple can hit a home run in their marriage, even if they experience a few strikes along the way."
–Michelle Lazurek, Author of An Invitation to the Table

"We can sometimes feel alone in the issues that we encounter in our marriages. Hearing from those who are a little further down the road can be helpful. In Love at First Fight, Dena and Carey Dyer share the inside story of their marriage with humor and transparency, allowing readers a deeper look into their own marriages. Within each devotion is a section titled He Says or She Says, providing the male and female perspective of marriage—making this book perfect for couples to share. Each devotion ends with advice from a seasoned married couple underscoring the message and adding wisdom to the stories. Love at First Fight fills a need for couples who want to understand each other and deepen the intimacy of their marriage. Reading this book together can facilitate conversations to help a couple grow closer."
–Betsy Duffey, Author, The Shepherd’s Song and The Lord Is Their Shepherd: Praying Psalm 23 for Your Children 

"A devotional that is creative, fabulous, and funny all rolled into one! I love the format of this book. Love at First Fight is a unique approach to helping couples learn about and laugh at the characteristic differences between men and women. Fresh, insightful, deep, and distinctive, the Dyers have captured it all."
–Laura Petherbridge, Speaker and Author of When "I Do" Becomes "I  Don’t," The Smart Stepmom, and 101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom

"Carey and Dena Dyer share their ups and downs in marriage--universal ups and downs. They are open and honest about themselves and their marriage. This is not a book about the perfect marriage; it’s about a real marriage. It is insightful, funny, and thought-provoking. Love at First Fight is for engaged couples, newlyweds, and couples married fifty years."
–Susan K. Stewart, founder of PracticalInspirations.com and author of Formatting e-Books for Writers

"I laughed out loud, I choked back tears, and I squirmed (recognizing myself) in these wonderful devotional stories by Carey and Dena Dyer. They speak directly to the reality of marriage—the joy, the pain, the learning, the growth, the coming together of two people into one. Marriage is a lifetime adventure, and Carey and Dena testify to the commitment, the care, and the love that make the adventure possible."
–Glynn Young, Author of the Novels Dancing Priest and A Light Shining and the Nonfiction Book Poetry at Work

"In a world of first-person shooters, zero-sum politics, and smartphone dating, we are in desperate need of models for healthy conflict. Dena and Carey share shamelessly from their personal history--everything from the petty war stories to deeper struggles with unemployment and panic attacks. Their practical and inspirational book will teach you and your significant other to always look on the bright side of a fight."
—Marcus Goodyear, Author, Barbies at Communion

"We recommend Love at First Fight for every couple who wants to grow closer to God and each other. No matter how long you’ve been married or the nature of your marriage history, this book will transform your relationship as you engage in the insightful stories and discussion questions. Put on the gloves of love and learn tangible tips from the marriages of others, including the authors."
—Clint and Penny A. Bragg, Authors of Marriage on the Mend—Healing Your Relationship After Crisis, Separation, and Divorce

"Real, honest, funny, and fun. This devotional looks at the differences between men and women and the little things we argue about. It includes his point of view and hers. . .with stories from their lives. The questions for couples are an excellent ways to start a conversation with your spouse and learn about each other without arguing. This practical book would be fun to talk about on a date, read as an evening devotion, or share it with your spouse as you make a cross-country trip. I highly recommend Love at First Fight to strengthen marriages and avoid some of the conflicts couples often face.
—Joyce Zook, Author, 12 Keys for Marriage Success,www.PracticalChristianWoman.com

"Research suggests that we are more open to learn new concepts (and even retain them better) when we are having a good time. And a good time will be had by all with Carey and Dena Dyer’s new devotional Love at First Fight. Transparency is funny–when someone else does it. And the Dyer’s willingness to come clean with the conflict they’ve experienced will bring you a smile of ’been there, done that, too.’ The questions at the end of each short chapter will prompt great discussion with you and your honey. And the ’Tips from the Pros’ close out each topic with a bit of sage advance from couples who’ve successfully lived to tell the tale. Don’t miss this terrific book!"  
—Deb DeArmond, Author of Don’t Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight! and I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last, Speaker and Coach. Find her at debdearmond.com.

"I wish I had read Love at First Fight by Carey & Dena Dyer when I was married 55 years ago. I like the honesty of the authors (". . .we’ve learned the most from the failures we’ve experienced," and "Who knew that marriage would require a million little adjustments every time we were together?"); the humor ("If marriage is a font, then ours is Wingding"); and the way each chapter is divided into He Says, She Says, questions: Taking Off the Gloves, and quotations from others: Tips from the Pros. The scriptures used are especially appropriate for each section. You’ll want to buy one for yourself and several for gifts."
—Donna Clark Goodrich, Author and Speaker, www.thewritersfriend.net

"The Dyers have written an absolutely delightful book on love and marriage. Love at First Fight is laugh-out-loud funny, but also rich with wisdom. I highly recommend this book for every couple—whether you’ve been married seven minutes or seventy years!"
—Jennifer Dukes Lee, Author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol

"Anyone who reads this book will walk away with gems of wisdom to create a more productive marriage. Throughout the book, the authors have also inserted tips from pros to help drive home the overall purpose of this book: to empower, educate, and equip readers with necessary wisdom for perfecting their marriages."

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