Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Couples Who Pray Book Review

I just finished reading COUPLES WHO PRAY: The Most Intimate Act Between A Man and A Woman by SQuire Rushnell and Louise Duart. It is a book about how praying together as a couple can improve and strengthen your relationship.

I was a bit disappointed with the content. As a reader, I was expecting a guidebook. When you see *includes the 40 day prayer challenge*, you expect a lesson plan of sorts.

What I got was a who's who accounting of couples who believe that their marriages were saved through praying together. Most of the couples mentioned in the book are high profile public figures. I personally would have loved to hear the story of Jack and Jane down the street or of Joe, who is deployed and left Mary stateside. These are the people whose stories would be more relatable. The stories shared in chapter 2 felt more like a polished gossip magazine article.

This is not to say the book is bad. The book is easy to follow. But I am afraid that the celebrity references keep your interest more than the actual topic. It does have some thoughtful instruction. I found the appendixes at the the end were the most beneficial. The first one is a his and her questionnaire. It gives you a starting point in your spiritual relationship. The second one, I can only ponder, is what qualifies as the "challenge". It does offer good topics for prayer...for any thought provoking conversation with your partner. I would give this book 2 stars.

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