Following friends blogs can always be fun. The list in my google reader sometimes seems to grow by the day. A couple of months ago I won this book called Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell & Louise DuArt off my friends blog. The request was that once I was done reading it, I would sign the book and give it away to a fellow blog reader and then let it keep being passed on to inspire couples. I would have posted sooner, but three other people, one of which was my hubby, had to get through the book and that added quite a bit of time.
When I started reading this book I finished it within 24 hours, I couldn’t put it down. The chapters were insightful as they were comical. It included true stories of over 20 couples that have experienced the life changing result of becoming a couple that prays together. Celebrities such as Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford and Scott & Tracie Hamilton were included and their stories were powerful reminders of the power of prayer.
The chapters include…
- Naked Truth: Marriage’s Most Intimate Act
- Prayer and Communication
- The 40 Day Prayer Challenge
- How Do You Do It?
- The Remarkable Power of Prayer
- The Devil Is a Real Enemy of Your Marriage
- Forgiveness Power
- Prayer & Money
- Six Steps to a Happy Marriage
As chapter 3 suggests the book asks people to respond by starting a 40 day challenge to pray together for 5 minute a day. While Hubby and I both liked the idea it took a while to warm up to it as we both are quiet prayers type people. We just started this last week and so far it has been amazing.
While at this point in our life there isn’t a crisis going on there are still concerns and everyday life that keeps our heads spinning. The chapters reveal story after story of marriages in trouble, trying situations and how through the strength of coming together as a couple in prayer helped get them through that period of their life.
One of the things that caught me off guard was the statistics in the first chapter. It was comparisons on different aspects of the quality of marriage based on couples who pray a little or pray together a lot. The swing between the 2 was between 15 to 30 percent in favor of the couples who pray together on a regular basis.
If you are interested in getting this copy of the book to read and then keep the tradition of passing it on. Please comment on the blog! I will announce winner next Tuesday 5/31/2011.