Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review: The Love Dare FIREPROOF by

Title: The Love Dare
Author: Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick
Category: Christian/Relationship
Pub. Date: 01/01/2009
Publisher: B & H Books
Format: Leather Bound
Pages: 224
ISBN#: 0805448659  

The #1 New York Times best seller. More than 5 million units sold. Now available in a heat-burnished, simulated leather, keepsake gift edition.
 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, as featured in the popular new movie Fireproof (from the makers of Facing the Giants), 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. Take the dare

My Review:  
Where do I start with this review of an amazingly wonderfully book. I will start by saying I never actually did the whole Love Dare journal. But I have read this book and I have watched the movie. 

My husband and I have been married 30 years, 31 this coming December. Yes we have had our ups and downs just like all marriages. Reading this book and watching this movie was an awesome experience that helped me to realize that some times it is the little things we take for granted. But it is also the little things we do that shows that we really care. And even though we didn't do the whole 40 day journey persay in the order that the book takes you, we both have made commitments to each other.

I would recommend this book to one and all. Why? Because it has a lot of great advice, not just for married couples but for young love, for couples thinking of getting together.  
So due to the above, if I could it would be higher, I am giving this book a Breath of Life ratings of: 

Five Clock Rating!!!  

Disclosure: I did not receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. This was my own book and the opinions are my own and yours may differ. 

About the Authors:   

CHURCH STAFF: Alex Kendrick joined Sherwood Baptist Church staff in 1999 as associate minister of media, overseeing church ministries in television, radio and film. He also teaches a weekly televised bible study program called Home Connection.
SHERWOOD PICTURES: Alex and his brother Stephen, who grew up shooting 8mm "chase 'em down and shoot 'em up" movies helped Sherwood Baptist establish Sherwood Pictures in 2003. Fireproof is their third movie after Flywheel and Facing the Giants. Giants played in more than 1,000 theaters after its Sept. 2006 release and grossed more than $10 million in box office receipts. The DVD has been released in 14 languages and in 56 countries--touching every continent. More than 6,500 churches have used the movie for ministry outreach. On Feb. 22, 2007, the Georgia State House of Representatives and Senate read a resolution honoring Sherwood Pictures and the church for Facing the Giants' success and positive impact.
INTERVIEWS: Alex's groundbreaking work in Sherwood Pictures has taken him onto Good Morning America, The FOX News Channel, CNN Headline News, The Glenn Beck Show, FOX's Dayside, Janet Parshall's America, TBN's Behind the Scenes, American Family Radio and Citizen Link. Sherwood Pictures has been featured on The Drudge Report, Baptist Press, AP radio, American Family Radio, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, Agape Press, Christianity Today, CNS News, National Public Radio, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Sean Hannity Show, The Conservative Voice, New Man Magazine, The LA Times, and more.
AWARDS: Alex's awards include Family Net's Best Promo of 1999 and Best Program of 2000. In 2004, he received seven awards for Flywheel, including best screenplay and best feature film from the Sabaoth International Film Festival in Italy and the WYSIWYG Film Festival in San Francisco. In 2006, he won Best Inspirational Video at the Creation Arts Film Festival for his short video A Salute to Veterans. In 2007, he and Sherwood Executive Pastor Jim McBride were presenters at the Dove Awards.

CHURCH STAFF: Stephen Kendrick has been associate teaching pastor at Sherwood Baptist since 2001. He oversees the church's prayer ministry, directs major ministry events, teaches an adult Sunday school class and leads The Great Adventure, an adult discipleship program he developed. Stephen also fills in preaching in the senior pastor's absence.
SHERWOOD PICTURES: Stephen and his brother Alex helped Sherwood Baptist establish Sherwood Pictures in 2003. In all Sherwood movies, Stephen is co-writer and producer. He also works with Provident Films developing marketing and Bible study resources for churches in conjunction with Sherwood movies. Facing the Giants played in more than 1,000 theaters after its September 2006 release--and grossed more than $10 million in box office receipts. The Giants DVD was later released in 14 languages, in 56 countries, and on every continent. More than 6,500 churches have used the movie for ministry and community outreach. On Feb. 22, 2007, the Georgia State House of Representatives and Senate read a resolution honoring Sherwood Pictures and Sherwood Church for the success and positive impact of Facing the Giants.
FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Stephen developed and directs South Georgia's Freedom Festival. Sponsored by Sherwood, this communitywide event draws local military and community sponsors to give families a safe environment to celebrate national and religious freedoms during the week of July 4. In 2007, under Stephen's leadership, t 60 teams and 630 volunteers hosted an estimated10,000 people from the community.
INTERVIEWS: Stephen has been interviewed by FOX and FRIENDS, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, At Home Live, The Washington Post, American Profile Magazine, and on numerous radio shows around the country including Atlanta Talk Radio, American Family Radio, HIS Radio, Moody Radio in Chicago, and by the Ticket Stubbs movie review team in North Georgia.
PREVIOUS WORK: Before joining the Sherwood staff, Stephen was a youth minister at Roswell Street Baptist in Marietta, Ga. He founded Next Level Clubs in the Cobb County school system, which met on campuses to help students develop spiritually. He was contracted to teach abstinence in the public school system by the Cobb County Commission for Children and Youth Services and was also a featured speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs in almost all 40 public middle schools and high schools in Cobb County. In 2006, Stephen was a featured speaker at the San Antonio Christian film festival and Georgia's Youth Evangelism Conference.
EDUCATION: Stephen graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. He currently is working toward a Masters of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.


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