Today's book review is Love at First Fight, the newest release from authors Carey & Dena Dyer. The book consists of 52 story-based devotions for couples, broken into 5 parts: Coming Out Swinging, Treating Our Wounds, Retreating to Our Corners, Needing a Referee and Still Standing.
Each daily reading starts off with an applicable scripture that goes with the topic for the day. Th format is written in a he says/she says way showing both sides of situations that couples (especially unsuspecting newlyweds) may find themselves caught off guard by. I mean really, who would have thought that deciding where to spend the holidays and how to spend the holidays could be such a big deal....until you're married and everyone wants to go "home" for Christmas!
Following the often tongue-in-cheek he says/she says section is a "Taking Off the Gloves" section that asks the couples for some thought and discussion, such as: "Are there specific holidays or special occasions that have caused hurt feelings or conflict in the past?"
Lastly, the section finishes up with "Tips From the Pros". In this section you'll find some words of wisdom from folks who have been married 8 years or more....some of the pros quoted have been married over 47 years!
While this is a devotional for couples, it's not a overly deep or hard to follow book. It really gives some simple insight and though provoking nudges to help you and your spouse better understand where the other is coming from....but it's not one of those things that will take a huge chunk of time.
About the authors:
Carey and Dena Dyer have been performing together for twenty-two years. They met at auditions for a creative arts traveling group in 1993. They were both chosen for the group, in which they visited 46 out of 50 states over two years. They were married in 1995. From 1999-2007, they logged thousands of hours on stage as lead performers in two professional music theaters.
Today, Carey serves as Minister of Worship and Music at Lakeside Baptist Church and enjoys traveling to other churches, banquets, and conferences and ministering through his unique bag of tricks. Carey is also a published scriptwriter, choral arranger/composer, and essay writer.
Currently, Dena is a professional speaker, writer, and teacher whose articles and tips have appeared in dozens of magazines such as Family Circle, Redbook, Writer’s Digest, Home Life, Focus on the Family, and Reader’s Digest. Dena has written four books (Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms, Mothers of the Bible, Let the Crow’s Feet and Laugh Lines Come, and 25 Christmas Blessings) and coauthored four others, including Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts with Tina Samples.
Carey and Dena have been married for 22 years and have two sons, Jordan and Jackson. The Dyers make their home about forty-five minutes southwest of Fort Worth in Granbury, Texas.
The publisher's have graciously agreed to give one of my readers a copy of Love at First Fight. To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a message on this post, maybe even share something that surprised you in your early days of adjusting to marriage. (Be sure to leave me a way to contact you.)
A random winner will be picked on November 22, 2016, and notified via email. Winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be picked. Good luck!!
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own. I was not required to write a positive review, nor did I receive any compensation for my review.