Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together

About the Book:

closer.jpegThe Love Dare challenged individuals to love their spouse more. Quiet Conversations for Couples shows wives and husbands how to grow that love together. Introduced with Scripture verses and engaging stories, these 52 devotionals will inspire couples to draw closer through faith conversations–those quiet talks so vital for emotional and spiritual intimacy in a marriage. Guided, practical action steps round out each reading.

About the Authors:

Burns_Jim1_Feb09.jpgJim Burns – Jim Burns founded the ministry of HomeWord in 1985 with the goal of bringing help and hope to struggling families. As host of the national radio broadcast HomeWord with Jim Burns, Jim’s passion is to build God-honoring families through communicating practical truths that will enable adults and young people alike to live out their Christian faith. In addition to the radio program, Jim speaks to thousands around the world each year through seminars and conferences. He is also senior director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University and an award-winning author, whose books include Creating an Intimate Marriage, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality and Confident Parenting. He has been featured through numerous media outlets including CNN, ABC, Focus on the Family, and Library Journal. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three grown daughters and live in Southern California. Visit http://www.homeword.com.

Burns_Cathy.jpgCathy Burns – Cathy and Jim Burns have been married for over thirty years. They have the privilege to speak to couples each year through conferences on “Creating an Intimate Marriage” and Growing Together Spiritually.” Cathy is also a teacher at a Christian school for kids with learning disabilities.

My Review of the book:

This was a relaxing book to read… for review purposes! If Ann and I were going to work through it, over the course of a year (which we just might this upcoming year), it would be refreshing, fun, challenging, hard work and potentially transforming. Each chapter is anywhere from two to four pages long. The reading portion is followed by a section of questions (Faith Conversations) to get you and your spouse talking about what you’ve just read together. Next is “A Step Closer” – the action steps you’ll take individually or together in order to put what you’ve read and talked about into practice. All in all, this is a very practical book.

Devotional topics include:

• creating connection

• high-maintenance marriage

• the happiness effect

• no regrets

The Burns suggest that 30 minutes a week would accomplish more than most couples are doing currently, so why not jump right in and give it a go.

A chapter entitled, “Servant Love or Selfish Love” has some great discussion starters; e.g., “Are there situations right now that make it difficult for you to respect me?” “Are there times when it is difficult to love me?” The personal anecdotes are helpful. Insights gleaned from working and helping other couples prove to be a great encouragement.

Whether your marriage is rock solid or on shaky ground even at this moment, I think this is a tool you could use and greatly benefit from. Very practical, very specific.

This book may be purchased from Bethany House Publishers.

This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers.

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