Friday, February 11, 2011
I just finished reading Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt. In summary...
"In this entertaining, highly readable book, couples learn that a fabulous marriage can be the outcome of learning to pray together, causing a 20 to 30 percent increase in romance, conversation and happiness. Best-selling author Squire Rushnell and his wife, entertainer and talk show host Louise DuArt, take readers step by step through The 40 Day Prayer Challenge™ in which couples commit to praying together five minutes a day for forty days. Backed by compelling research from Baylor University and Gallup Poll, the true-life experiences of 24 test couples, including Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, Donna Summer and Bruce Sudano, Scott and Tracie Hamilton, reveal that daily prayer is a "life changing experience" in which most couples report positive outcomes in less than two weeks."
I've felt challenged lately to increase our prayer time together, so that's why I chose to read this book. I was hoping to like it a little more than I did. I do love how it encourages couples to take on a 40 day prayer challenge, and I also found encouragement as I read the MANY stories of the power of prayer.
In short, I feel like this is a good book for couples who are just starting out praying together. However, for couples who are already praying together, this book merely reinforces that act through the testimonies of others. I would have liked to see more Bible study and more step-by-steps that the book cover advertises. And although I certainly believe in the power of prayer and the intimacy it creates between couples, I think we have to be careful not to paint a Cinderella story that everything will go our way and we will be blessed to the hilt simply by praying together for 5 minutes a day. Out of 5 stars, I give this book 3.
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