Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Love and War Finding the Marriage You’ve Dreamed Of by John and Stasi Eldredge








There are 9,175 Books on Christian marriage according to Amazon.com, so why read the Eldredge's Love and War? First, and most importantly, John and Stasi have written this book together, with honesty, about their feelings from two distinct points of view. One can tell that they wrote this book together, and did not hide their true feelings from each other. I felt comforted by their mutual viewpoints, gathered into one love. Stasi and John have 25 years of experience together.

The book is written around their golden anniversary. John and Stasi are not third year marrieds who say, "Look at the Parking Lot, Look at the Parking Lot, Look at the Parking Lot,""Don't you see the parking lot." Rather they have been driving gravel roads for a long while. They have been on as Blues Brother Elwood would say, "A Mission from God!"


Note to All:  The book may have some gospel in it; but the advice would be worth it to all.   It is not too preachy so don't fret.

Note to Christians:This is a good book that I would recommend to all married Christians. Yes, one might say it is only good for new Christians, but being a Christian does not mean that you need to make everything theologically complicated, rather the truth is the truth.

One flaw in the book is the use of too many metaphors. John loves to use the metaphor. Also the other problem in the book is a lack of index, scripture index, and subject index, and notes in the back of the book. This is a common flaw in popular Christian books. But overall it is a success.   For more information on the book check out Random House's Web Site: Love and War

Interested in this book by the interview heard on Steve Brown Etc.

9 out of 10 Clucks Given for this book!









Some Scripture Cited in Book (Please report if I have missed any passages).







BookPassage
1 John
4:07
1 Peter
1:22
1 Peter
5:08
1 Peter
4:08
Colossians
2:13
Ecclesiastes4:9-12
Ephesians5:1_25_31-32
Genesis 2:21-25
Genesis
1:27
Hebrews
13:04
Isaiah 43:4-7
Isaiah 42_13
Isaiah 62:1-5
James
1:17
Jeremiah31_3
John
13:34
John
20:21
John 10:28-29
Lamentation
1:16
Lamentations3:32-33
Luke
Matthew 7:3-5
Matthew
18:19
Matthew 6:25-27
Matthew 6:28-34
Matthew 7:24-27
Proverbs
19:11
Proverbs30:18-19
Romans 5:3-5
Song of Songs 2:11-13
Song of Songs
8:14
Song of Songs
5:01


Rubric for my overall feeling about the book:







Criteria Description
Points Awarded
Points
Possible
1. Avoids Preaching VictimhoodAuthor avoids preaching victim hood by discussing our responsible stewardship.
5
5
2. Flow The author keeps you going and motivates you to
keep reading
5
5
3. Prayer Solution Based   
5
5
4. InsightsGood examples and insights are clearly stated.
4
5
3. Avoids LegalismDid the author make it where you had played any part in gaining a grace of our LORD.
5
5
    
4. Secular Ready
as an introduction to the faith.
Can this be given to my parents with out offense? Or is it better to keep to myself?
5
5
    
    
5. UsefulnessWas the book Useful?
4
5
6. Book DesignBook is laid out well… and is excellent in its overall usefullness.. Or is fun in the way information is laid out….
5
5
7. Authors NotesAuthor Notes contriube to the overall reading.
Author outlines the evidence collected in telling
the tale.
2.5
5
    
8. Word ChoiceGood Mix Of eight grade vocabulary with
collegiate level vocabulary
5
5
9. Metaphors or Examples Used Good Mix Of metaphors and examples utilized

3
5
9. Content and Process Collaberate
for overall effectivenss

Content
Uses the bible Scriptures to back up points does it in a way that is not text doctoring.
5
5
Process   
5
5
10. Sparking Interest in ResearchAuthor gets you interested in researching the subject
presented in the book. Quotes outside authors and their material.
4
5
    
11. Desire to share with othersThe book is rewarding enough to share with a friend without a fear of embarrasment.
5
5
    
67.5
75
    
  
0.9

 

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