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Sunday, November 18, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: "Love At Last Sight: 30 Days To Deepen Your Closest Relationships" by Kerry & Chris Shook

"Everything you’ve been taught about relationships is wrong."
This tagline grabs your attention when you read the writeup on the back cover of "Love At Last Sight: 30 Days To Deepen Your Closest Relationships" by Kerry & Chris Shook.

The Good:
I thought this book has some really good things to say. It makes no excuses for the fact that relationships really do take commitment and hard work to maintain, just like anything else worthwhile in this world.

The Bad:
The content of this book could have been clearly edited into a few chapters. The whole dragging it out into a 30-day study thing really sucked the momentum out of my reading.
The Biblical connections could have been stronger- I felt that the connection between God/the Bible and successful relationships sometimes felt forced, and in places where I could and would have been able to smoothly show a clear link if I had been the writer, there was none mentioned in the book. This made the book feel very "baby Christian-ish" to me. I wanted to see some spiritual tools, some real meat; I didn't want to have to slog through milk for a month to get to it.

The Bottom Line:
For me, the bottom line is that this could have been a great book for those who are young in body or young in Christ but I think that the long drawn out nature of the book would be a real turn-off for those whom it would help the most. I've been a believer since 1985, happily married to my one-and-only beloved since 2002, a mother (and loving it) since 2006, and I'm blessed to be able to say that much of what my parents taught me about love and relationships was in fact, NOT wrong.

**I have received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review purposes. The opinions expressed herein are my own and have not been influenced by the publisher.

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