Love and War is a book written by married couple, John and Stasi Eldredge. The Eldredges openly admit that they are two imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world, trying to have a perfect marriage. Is it ever perfect? No, of course not. But they have learned to understand one another's differences and have been willing to make adjustments in their own lives in order to build up their spouse. They have learned what it means to “spend and be spent” (2Corinthians 12:15) for another’s soul. And they have learned that “you can have the marriage you’ve always dreamed of.”
Love and War is a couples devotional in which they share what they have learned by the Holy Spirit’s growing them in their 26 years of marriage. Neither John nor Stasi came from a perfect background but they have discovered that God can take what is freely offered and make it beautiful. They have offered their lives up for us to see and learn from thru their books, Wild at Heart (for men) and Captivating (for women). This devotional is an offspring of those two books. It worked out very well in my family because my husband discovered Wild at Heart over the summer and in the fall I began Captivating, then as a couple this winter, we sit down to read Love & War.
The book itself is 134 pages, broken into eight week long devotions. There are five devotionals for each week and each day there is a scripture verse, a short devotional to read together and then a prayer prompt to offer together to the Lord. At the end of day 5 there is an exercise to complete. The exercises are simple yet hard. They require something from you that you may not want to give.
The Eldredges address many hard subjects including your prayer life as a couple, the enemy who wants your marriage, and intimacy in marriage. If you desire more for your marriage, Love and War is a great place to start. Believe that you can have the marriage you desire, then trust the Lord to bring it to pass thru your obedience to Him and His Word. To pick up your copy today, visit WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review