Item description for Love Dare (Legacy Edition)-Brown Imitation Leather by Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick...
Overview Featured in the 2008 motion picture "Fireproof," now available on DVD, this "New York Times" and "Publishers Weekly"-bestselling devotional is now available in a special Legacy Edition. Clad in an embossed simulated leather binding, this 40-day guided devotional is designed to strengthen marriages in trouble.
Publishers Description The #1 "New York Times" best seller. More than 5 million units sold. Now available in a heat-burnished, simulated leather, keepsake gift edition. Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn't have to stay that way. "The Love Dare," as featured in the popular new movie Fireproof (from the makers of Facing the Giants), is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, "The Love Dare" is a journey you need to take. It's time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage. Take the dare
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.75" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Binding Leather, Imitation
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805448659 ISBN13 9780805448658
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More About Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick
Stephen Kendrick is best known as a screenwriter and movie producer ("Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous") along with having co-wrote the New York Times best sellers" The Resolution for Men" and "The Love Dare "with his brother, Alex. He is a founding member of Kendrick Brothers Productions, the company founded by Alex and Stephen Kendrick that exists to honor Jesus Christ and make His truth and love known among the nations through movies, books, curriculum, and speaking. By prayerfully blending engaging stories with doctrinal integrity, the Kendricks seek to encourage and inspire viewers and readers with resources that impact their spiritual lives and strengthen their families and personal relationships.
Stephen and his wife, Jill, have six children, and he serves as senior associate pastor of preaching and prayer at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.
Stephen Kendrick currently resides in Albany, in the state of Georgia. Stephen Kendrick was born in 1973.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Love Dare (Legacy Edition)-Brown Imitation Leather?
Must read before taking that big step Apr 2, 2010
I wished I could of read this book before getting married. This book has changed by life and my marriage forever.
A book every married person should read. Mar 29, 2010
This book can change your marriage for the better...if you are willing to take the dare.
This book is dangerous! if followed blindly Mar 28, 2010
Most things about this book can be found in the other 100 reviews before mine so no need for me to comment on those specifics. However I feel I need to caution that for some of the spouses who read this book I pray they are really mature in their walk otherwise it may potentially backfire on their relationship. The "commited" spouse who reads this book and who does not see any reciprocity from his other half (unlike in the movie) will no doubt feel less love and may think their marriage is pretty much over. At worst it will give him or her a "justification" to end their marriage!! simply because their marriage didn't end like the movie or the dares in the book were not fully accomplished and realized.
The movie to me is not truly grounded in true biblical teaching and made not unlike the typical chick flick with a Fairy tale Ending and the prince riding off into the sunset with the girl/wife! This made me upset because UNLIKE a Sandra Bullock or Jennifer Aniston type movie this one was created under the guise of a "Christian" self help type story with realistic scenerios. Nothing could be further from the truth! The events of movie had to play out exactly like a regular movie to fit into the plot just like any other movie. This movie and the book should not be seen/read as some sort of documentary or realism because it isn't!
Back to the book. Unlike thousands of other self help books out there, I feel this one can potentially be dangerous to a relationship because of the "God" aspect to it. If an immature Christian reads this book he or she will feel like if some of these dares are not met or if their spouse even bothers to read the book, the marriage is in trouble. the spouse is even worst than thought because the book implies it is. That to me is dangerous and extremely unbiblical.
Last but not least I want to add that these dares can be taken from any religion out there and none would be wiser. As someone who is familiar with various religious text and doctrines, you can replace God with Allah, or Buddha or any gods and they would still come out fairly similar. There is nothing specifically Christian about this book.
-Read this book with an open mind and an open heart as it has good practical aspects to it BUT do NOT read it as some sort of instruction manual written for Christians to improve your relationship. We already have a book like that and it's called the Bible.
Dare to know real love Mar 25, 2010
This book is a new and special Christian piece, providing several "musts" for Christian couples to know and keep on their journey. The "dares", a rather trite word for what this book offers, are well-written and important, the Scripture vital, and the questions valid and helpful. The book is both an encouraging comfort and a coaching tool for both husband and wife, offering practicing wisdom for issues from rekindling deep core love to daily ways of respecting your spouse.
As with almost every man-made tool, it has its flaws. For one thing, a few people have described this book as formulaic, and it can certainly be misused this way. One of the reasons is the initial definition of love the authors give; in the introduction, they say "love is a choice, not just a feeling." Later on, they say, "remember, love is a decision, not a feeling." Whoa there, cowboy; you just crossed the boundary into error. Firstly, there needs to be a distinction here: love is both an action and a feeling. As an ACTION, it's a choice. And as a feeling? The feeling of love can be influenced, but FALLING in love is not a choice. Many marriages end not because couples "fall out of love", but because they were never in love to begin with; often, they either married based on "spark" and romantic emotional floods which don't stand the test of time or they figured that since they were both good loving Christians, they'd make a good pair and love would just follow; it doesn't work that way, in either scenario. Couples DO make the choice to keep their love active, but there needs to be love there to begin with, the unique love that only soul-mates, husbands and wives, are meant to have. If a couple isn't in love at the outset and making a life-long commitment to keep that love thriving, through sacrifice, actions and devotion, the marriage will inevitably fail, whether through divorce or dying emotions. I've got a secret for you, if you don't know already: the couple in "Fireproof" saved their marriage because 1) they were in love to begin with and designed by God to be together, 2) because they learned from God not to let their commitment go astray based on shallow feelings and 3) because they learned to CHOOSE to show that love to each other. They never "fell out of love", but drifted apart and got scared. They chose to rekindle feelings, but the feelings WERE there to begin with; love IS a feeling as well as an action. If it wasn't, this book and the marriage it exhorts would be nothing other than a formula: empty, calculated, dry and dead, a smartly dressed carcass. If you take this book the wrong way, it will seem formulaic and empty, just a checklist for staying married and therefore being a "good Christian". The fact is that marriage without feeling is like religion instead of faith: going through the motions with no passion, no holy connection, nothing real. We choose to show God love by obeying Him, yes, but there's got to be feeling in there, the fire and passion of a heart in love with God. Even this love, however, is different from falling in love, which is not controllable. Marriages CAN be saved by choice, yes; love HAS to be shown as a chosen action, yes, but there's got to be feeling as well; if the couple wasn't in love at the outset, they'll most likely end up unhappy and no book will fix two hearts that were never meant to mesh in harmony for a lifetime. What I think, in a nutshell, is that if a couple was truly in love, truly matched by God at the time of marriage, then they can choose and cause for love to come back again later in the marriage (should it lessen or fade). If they were NOT in love and well-matched at the time of marriage, however, they'll probably never be and cannot CHOOSE to be or cause themselves to be. I just don't want people who made the mistake of marrying the wrong person and living in literally dead marriages to feel that they have to stay in such a situation and/or can magically fix it by doing all the right things.
The danger of this misconception of love and marriage is compounded by the fact that one reviewer described "Fireproof" as being "about a man who saves his marriage by completing a character-testing, 40-day list of "dares" suggested to him by his father". What, are you kidding?? Kirk Cameron didn't save his marriage by filling out a Christian checklist; he saved it by remembering that he loved his wife, what loving really means, and showing her, scared and lonely as she was, that he still loved her and wouldn't leave her! There's nothing unfeeling about what he did; he chose every action, yes, and his actions ultimately reflected the feelings he'd buried deep inside out of fear and selfishness. In the beginning, he did them out of grumpiness and a hope of avoiding the ugliness of divorce; halfway through however, he was doing it out of real love, an amazing deepening of the love he'd felt for his wife before and the kind God always meant for them to have together when He first joined their hearts and their hands.
I hope I've explained myself clearly here. I do recommend this book, 100%. It's important for every person, however, to know the conditions of their marriage, their hearts, and what they'll need before diving deeply into a marriage guidebook. Happy reading!
the truth Mar 22, 2010
very helpful to determine the state of a relationship as well as your own individual relationship with God.