Love & War by John and Stasi Eldredge

I have been in and around the book business in one form or fashion since I was about 10 years old (when my mom started selling books out of our home).  After college, I worked for Family Christian Stores for 10 years, and then for Zondervan Publishing for 4 years after that before starting Go the Distance.

In that time, I have seen many books on many topics.  Though I am no expert, and for a long time I didn’t even like to read, I have always been amazed at how a book can speak to a person’s heart.  Some books are weightier than others.  Some books have chapters that weightier than other chapters, and even phrases and quotes can be plucked out for further examination and stick with you throughout your life.

When the book Love & War came out last December by John and Stasi Eldredge, I was hopeful it would be a book about marriage that would not dance around the tough issues that a marriage often brings up.  I was hopeful it would bring hope to my own marriage and the marriages of those I love.  I was hopeful one chapter would be weightier than another.   I was hopeful that a phrase would come off the page and land in my lap and make me think.

I was not disappointed.

And neither was my wife.

And neither were the 20 couples we took through it during a recent study at our church.

I’ve read several other of the most popular books on marriage, and to my delight, Love & War has in it just about what every person needs.  And, what every couple needs.

Do something good for yourself, and good for your marriage…buy this book and read it together as a couple, chapter by chapter…out loud to each other.  And talk about the good and deep issues the lie within.  As a man, you will finish the book strengthened.  As a woman, I believe you will finish the book feeling more beautiful and in touch with God and your man.

As a couple, you will be lifted above the mundane into the miraculous as you lean into God’s mission and adventure for you.

It will nurture your soul and give hope for greater love.

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