Book Review: Love & War: Find your way to something beautiful in your marriage, by John & Stasi Eldredge
Marriage is fabulously hard and requires difficult work. But it is possible. And it is worth every effort. Those three sentences summarize the message of Love & War.
The Eldredge's communicate the fact that marriage is an epic love story that is set in the midst of a very real war. It is not merely a love story, but rather an epic love story, because God designed marriage both to illustrate his love for the world, and because we need one another. The love story takes place in a very real war against the enemy of our souls. We need to strive together and depend on God's strength if we want to win the battle. Marriage is difficult because we are broken people, and our brokenness and sin collide head-on with our spouse's brokenness and sin. And yet, marriage is possible because God is in the process of transforming us into his image.
The book is unique in that John & Stasi are open and honest about their own marriage, including their struggles and victories. They demonstrate vulnerability as they share what they have learned and discovered about their own challenges, failures, and breakthroughs. They alternate back and forth in telling their story which provides both male and female perspectives on the issues they discuss.
Love & War is a very practical, helpful, and encouraging volume. One of the better books I have read on marriage.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
didn't live up to Love &War Devotional for Couples
May 7, 2011
I absolutely loved "Love and War Devotional for Couples." So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read the book that was the basis for the devotional: "Love and War," by John and Stasi Eldredge.
In "Love and War" (the book, not the devotional), the Eldredges impart the Christian wisdom they have learned through their own 25+ years of marriage ups and downs. They have a fun style of telling their story by alternating speakers, and their marriage is very relatable at every turn of the page. Stylistically, I enjoyed this book.
Content-wise? Well, as I first began reading "Love and War" (the book), I felt as if it were an expanded discussion of the themes of "Devotional," and as such, it held great promise for further growth in my own marriage. However, as the book wore on, it began to loose the punch of "Devotional. " The concepts which seemed revolutionary and life-changing in the devotional format seemed to get lost in the weight of the full-length book. I spent more time figuring out the Eldredges' marriage and its lessons than I did being inspired to grow in my own. By the time I had finished "Love and War" (the book), it felt like any other Christian marriage enrichment book. Not bad, just not the life-altering book I had expected based on "Devotional."
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multonomah for the purpose of providing my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review.