Marriage: The Story Of Love and Romance In The Midst of War
When two people come together in a wedding ceremony, they are committing to abandoning themselves to one another, throw caution to the wind, forsake independence, isolation, and all others. They vow to each other their undying love. It is risky. Dangerous. Perhaps it could even be called "perfect madness."
Everyone wants love. Everyone is looking for love. Yet few seem to find what they are looking for. And fewer still seem to be able to sustain it.
So begins LOVE & WAR, a new book by John and Stasi Eldredge.
What bestsellers Wild at Heart did for men, and Captivating did for women, LOVE & WAR will do for married couples everywhere as the Eldredges turn their focus to the incredible dynamic between men and women in marriage.
With refreshing openness that will grab your attention from the first page, the Eldredges candidly discuss their own marriage and the wise insights they’ve gained from the challenges they have faced through 23 years of marriage.
Each shares independently about what they’ve learned, giving their guidance personal immediacy and a balance between the male and female perspectives that has been absent from many previous books on this topic.
LOVE & WAR shows couples how to fight for their love and happiness, calling men and women to step into the great adventure God has waiting for them together. Walking alongside John and Stasi Eldredge, every couple can discover how their individual journeys are growing into a story of meaning much greater than ANYTHING they could do or be on their own.
“John and Stasi Eldredge lead us into the heart of marriage... not as we always dreamed it would be, but as it really is... a relationship between two flawed individuals who are discovering together that marriage is difficult. Their willingness to speak honestly about their relationship proves their point... that “loving costs everything but loving is always worth it.” If you are willing to fight for the love and happiness God intended your marriage to provide, every chapter of Love & War will cheer you on!” -- Dr. David Jeremiah, Author/Speaker/Pastor
"I was given the opportunity to review John and Stasi Eldredge's new book
Love & War. John is the author of many great books The Sacred
Romance, Wild at Heart and Waking the Dead. He and Stasi also
co-authored the book Captivating and so when I was given this
opportunity I knew I had to jump on it.
This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.
In classic John Eldredge form, he pairs his poetic style with the
thoughts and views of his wife to put together a fantastic book about
love and marriage. There are definitely times when he sounds like the
counselor and other times they bring the fruit of the counseling they
have been through to apply to your life.
One aspect they deal heavily with throughout the book is the
spiritual warfare that believing couples face. To be honest spiritual
warfare is not something I often think about confronting in marriage.
The Eldredge's have an acute awareness of the warfare that couples face
and help arm them with prayers and strategies to overcome these
difficult situations. These attacks span from the "wounds" we have
incurred throughout our life as well as other areas of weakness that may
develop in our relationships.
Probably the best feature of the book is the Eldredge's honesty.
They are not afraid to open up their own closets to allow the lessons
they have learned benefit those coming behind them. From dealing with
settling for the easy peace instead of the fighting for the greater
good, they challenge couples to bring out the best in each other as well
as in their relationship. Their candid discussion of sex and how we
relate to each other calls married couples up into a greater romance a
The common themes of our woundedness, the battle to fight, the
adventure and the beauty to rescue for men, and the woundedness, someone
to fight for her, adventure to share and beauty to offer for women. If
you have read any of Eldredge's other works you will see how these
common themes play into your marriage and relationships.
Our love story is set in a time of war and the life we want is worth
fighting for. If you want a book to read with your spouse, fiancé or
significant other that will lay a foundation for a better future and
give you plenty of things to talk. I would most definitely recommend
Love & War to anyone." -- Michael Foster