Monday, May 4, 2015

The Love Dare by Alex & Stephen Kendrick

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, the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof, 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.

I've requested The Love Dare from B&H Publishing because I've seen the movie Fireproof some years ago, when it was released, and I really liked it. Even though I am not married I believe this sort of love challenge is suitable for any number of relationships, not only romantic ones. 

The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge to understand and practice unconditional love, the biblical type of love. Each day contains three main elements:
  • In the first part a unique aspect of love will be discussed based on a bible verse.
  • The second part will offer a specific dare to help the reader practice that specific aspect of love discussed earlier. 
  • The last part contains journal space for the reader to log what he/she is learning and doing and also the reactions encountered on that particular dare. 
The main principle of this love dare is that you must lead your heart, not follow it. Which I believe it to be an extremely healthy principle when thinking about relationships, and specifically here - marriage. 

What really makes this love dare a powerful tool is the free online marriage evaluation that this book comes with. It is a personalized marriage evaluation that takes only a few minutes to complete. It is simple and anonymous. And it helps to quickly clarify where the couple is, discover their key areas of growth and identify how to use the Love Dare in a strategically and personalized way for the couple's most benefits. 

I really liked this book. It comes in a beautiful and elegant leather touch cover. The pages are designed really beautifully, with plenty journaling space to keep track of the process.
I would recommend it to everyone who wants to work on their relationships, who believes unconditional love is the answer to relational problems, to those who want to work on their marriage (as this Love Dare is specifically designed for married couples) and to those who want to learn how to love well. 

Here's a video with the authors explaining what the Love Dare is and how it came into being:

This video presents a couple's experience with the Love Dare:

Alex Kendrick is an ordained minister and New York Times best selling coauthor of The Love Dare andThe Resolution for Men. He has spoken in numerous countries to students, families, and men’s groups. He is also an accomplished actor, screenwriter, and film director, whose credits include Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. He and his wife, Christina, have six children.

Stephen Kendrick is an ordained minister who has served families for 20 years in student ministry and associate pastor positions. Along with his brother Alex, he is also a screenwriter (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous), movie producer, and coauthor of two New York Times best-selling books (The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men). Stephen and his wife, Jill, have six children.

*I have requested this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own. 

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