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The #1 "New York Times" best seller. More than 1.5 million
copies in print. Now available in a heat-burnished, simulated leather,
keepsake gift edition. Unconditional love is eagerly promised at
weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes
are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn't have
to stay that way. "The Love Dare," as featured in the popular new movie
Fireproof (from the makers of Facing the Giants), is a 40-day challenge
for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love.
Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, "The
Love Dare" is a journey you need to take. It's time to learn the keys
to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage. Take the
dare!

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Reviews for The Love Dare (Christian Large Print Softcover):

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June 9, 2017

Works.
This book is fanatasic it did help a bit with our marriage and after a 6 year separation we are back together. I do highly recommend watching fire proof first to get the mistakes that caleb makes when doing this and what to possibly expect from your spouse. Do not expect a miracle over night. It takes time effort and faith and a better relationship with God.
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September 6, 2009

Beware of Chapter 20...
This book uses the same strategy as many other 'Christian' books:
(1) Appropriate useful material from the 'secular' sociology / psychology literature (giving as little credit to it as possible);
(2) Add a bit of common sense and 'feel good' advice;
(3) Wait until the reader is engaged (the first few 'dares' are about kindness, patience, and other universal virtues) and interested and then...
Ka-Boom!!
... tell them that it all comes down to accepting Jesus as their lord and savior, blah, blah, blah.

If only it were so simple...

In this book, it happens in Chapter 20. If you get that far, it will make you feel like a fool.

You've been warned...
3

May 4, 2018

Not a quick fix for your marriage
I bought this for a friend of mine whose marriage was on jagged rocks. The ideas and intentions are good, but the 2 guys I sent this to, quickly found that it doesn't work as well as it did for the author.
If I remember correctly, the author began changing his behaviors and did these things, pretty much out of nowhere, and by keeping to this book, his wife changed her attitude also, their marriage turned around, and became Christ-centered. But it was very different for both my friends. They each received the book with joy, began keeping to it, but their wives were both skeptical and didn't receive their actions positively. Today, neither of them are married any longer to the woman they bought it for.
So don't look at this book as an easy fix for your marriage or your relationship with your wife. Instead, use it WITH other means (get involved together with a church group, pray together, read the Bible (separately and together), Christian marriage counseling, join a group at church that's going through the book together, etc.). Jesus needs to be the center of the marriage as a whole, and both of your lives.
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June 26, 2015

It's in good condition but has "The Kingdons" imprinted on the front
It's in good condition but has "The Kingdons" imprinted on the front. :( can't give this as a gift with that on it.... will be returning.
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Oct 23, 2008

The movie that this book was birthed out of, Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron, was amazing!! My husband and I both enjoyed it more than any movie we have seen in a long time. It was so nice to see a clear moral and Christian message for a change, rather than the filth that fills our eyes and ears on a daily basis. We ordered the book before we even saw the movie and were so glad that we did! We are not through the entire thing, but I highly recommend both the movie and the book for any one who The movie that this book was birthed out of, Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron, was amazing!! My husband and I both enjoyed it more than any movie we have seen in a long time. It was so nice to see a clear moral and Christian message for a change, rather than the filth that fills our eyes and ears on a daily basis. We ordered the book before we even saw the movie and were so glad that we did! We are not through the entire thing, but I highly recommend both the movie and the book for any one who is getting married, or is married and wants to stay married! ...more
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January 22, 2013

Sexist & Too Religious
As a divorce attorney I have reviewed so many books and programs that help people repair their marriages. (If I have clients who I believe can work it out, I do not encourage they divorce.) This book does have some thought-provoking points and some good advice to offer. HOWEVER, overall this book I believe will benefit most a very religious woman who is looking for support to obey and provide for her husband because the bible tells her that is what she is supposed to do. The book helps her feel good about the service she is supposed to provide to him as an action desired by God. I personally found it very sexist and too religious. I didn't even put the book in the box to charity, but rather I threw it away. The 5 Love Languages by Chapman is a much better book.
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December 4, 2010

Did not work for me!
Sorry everyone but it did not work for me. Guess I am the only one. It had no effect whatsoever. Will soon be divorced.
1

September 26, 2013

For godders with bad marraiges
I'm going to start out by saying that first I am not religious. This book has a very over-zealous theme about how God somehow has divine intervention into your relationship, which I find to be utter rubbish.

Second, a good relationship already does all the dares automatically, so the fact that the dare have to be a conscious effort seems extremely condescending to me. By the third day, when it says the dare is I need to go out and buy something to prove that I have been caring and thinking about this person is absurd, materialistic, and a superficial way to supposedly strengthen your marriage. Nothing grinds my gears more than things like this.

I had an open mind going into this, because she was very determined to try it, and I listened intently (despite all the over-bearing god references), but once we got to this section, it really got under my skin and caused more issues than were originally there. It became this thing where I had to be defensive and point out the things that I had done yesterday that fit the criteria.

In a good marriage, you shouldn't have to keep score of things like this. This simple fact undermines the very premise of this book.

Very disappointing.
4

Jan 20, 2013

it honestly takes 2 people to make a marriage work. doing all the items in this book did not save my ten year marriage because the substance from both sides wasnt there to save. since my marriage ended after catching my ex and sister in bed and her burning down my house, I'd say my marriage wasnt "fireproof", but heres the kicker because I put into practice these lessons, I had no regrets in leaving my ex cause I did all I could to save the marriage in the 6 months before the fire and I learned it honestly takes 2 people to make a marriage work. doing all the items in this book did not save my ten year marriage because the substance from both sides wasnt there to save. since my marriage ended after catching my ex and sister in bed and her burning down my house, I'd say my marriage wasnt "fireproof", but heres the kicker because I put into practice these lessons, I had no regrets in leaving my ex cause I did all I could to save the marriage in the 6 months before the fire and I learned how to have a successful relationship with someone who loved me in return. it has become an incredible foundation for my soul mate and I to build our marriage upon. god works in mysterious ways. ...more
5

May 16, 2009

I worked through the 40 Dares in this book over the last month and a half, and it completely changed the way that I look at my spouse.

I have always loved her, but now I have found a better way to love her.

A very powerful dare asked me to visualize two rooms in my heart (one APPRECIATION and one DEPRECIATION) for my spouse. It asked me how often I go in the APPRECIATION room and how often I visit the DEPRECIATION room.

I made a three page list of things that I love about my wife, Nancy, and I gave I worked through the 40 Dares in this book over the last month and a half, and it completely changed the way that I look at my spouse.

I have always loved her, but now I have found a better way to love her.

A very powerful dare asked me to visualize two rooms in my heart (one APPRECIATION and one DEPRECIATION) for my spouse. It asked me how often I go in the APPRECIATION room and how often I visit the DEPRECIATION room.

I made a three page list of things that I love about my wife, Nancy, and I gave it to her. I had to make a list of things that I don't like about her, and it dared me to burn the list.

It is hard to visit the DEPRECIATION ROOM when it has BURNED DOWN!

Guess what!? You can create your OWN APPRECIATION and DEPRECIATION rooms. I wrote lists for MYSELF, and NOW My DEPRECIATION room is currently BURNED DOWN. It is really hard to visit there.

It makes your life a lot better when you aren't putting yourself down, but you are looking at positive ways that you can change the world. ...more
5

Feb 28, 2009

From the cheesiest, most powerful movie I ever loved, the 40 day love dare. I am on Day 27, and I am flunking my way through this book. This one is a good spiritual practic of a king not much in vogue - ministering to your spouse, because just like firemen don't abandon their partners in a firestorm, you don't abandon your spouse in a firestorm.

I have a friend in a recovery group who says "some days you stay married one day at a time just like you stay sober one day at a time." This is a book From the cheesiest, most powerful movie I ever loved, the 40 day love dare. I am on Day 27, and I am flunking my way through this book. This one is a good spiritual practic of a king not much in vogue - ministering to your spouse, because just like firemen don't abandon their partners in a firestorm, you don't abandon your spouse in a firestorm.

I have a friend in a recovery group who says "some days you stay married one day at a time just like you stay sober one day at a time." This is a book to help you do that. What I liked about the movie is on Day 20, his wife said, "Don't you get it that I don't love you anymore." (Said that, heard that - through many winters in our marriage.) So he calls his father who gave him this handwritten journal of dares, and his father tells him that is as it is supposed to be, and that he hasn't truly started even loving yet." The movie and books Christian overtones might put a lot of people off, but I don't care. I read bhuddist texts and other spiritual works from other spiritual practices, and have decided that I am still a veyr strong christian but have a lot in common with other beliefs, and am not here to persuade anyone, but this bookhas a lot of good practices in it for men or women, and as a friend of mine says "sefishness and self-centeredness, that is the root of our problem."

I also think in my spiritual practice that this is a lot about how God loves us and maybe practicing loving God back.

It is an easy to understand book and often easy to agree with, but hard, hard, hard to practice. I love my pet selfishnesses and resentments and find it hard to give them up or drop them first or go first to reconciliation.

so there is my big honost truth. ...more
1

March 9, 2016

Pseudoscience trash written by unqualified hacks offering a fairy-tale version of reality to desperate wishful thinkers.
I realize that is a very strong title, but please bear with me.

What ought to make Christians very, very nervous is how very little differentiates a "Christ-based" marriage from a normal secular marriage. Oh, they think it's totally different, but really the same rules apply. People feel the same way. The stuff that hurts us is the same. Our reactions to joy and sadness are the same. Evangelicals want to live in a fairy tale, a Jesus-flavored la-la-land where men and women operate very differently from how they do in reality, and that just isn't how things work.

That's why this book is worse than useless. It pretends that that la-la-land is a real place and offers "advice" that would work in that la-la-land. That advice doesn't work here. That's why Christians get divorced as much as, or even more than, non-Christians do. That's why very Christian-heavy communities have much higher divorce rates than more secular communities (along with much higher dysfunction in every single other direction measurable!). It's not "demons." It's just them, all by themselves, trying to shoehorn these fairy-tale rules into the real world and then blaming themselves when those rules don't work here the way they do in that imaginary place.

The Kendricks have no qualifications whatsoever to be counseling anybody about their marriages. They were educated as Christian filmmakers, and their sole area of expertise involves creating media that evangelicals will pay money to consume. That's it. That's their thing. And they're good at it, no denying that. The fact that so many commenters on Amazon demand that low-starred ratings-writers go see the movie speaks to that, doesn't it? But the movie and book are depicting a fictional world where people don't work the way they do in reality. Very devout Christians may enjoy the fairy-tale it offers, but most of them won't be able to make their marriages look like that fictional world because this is the real world, not la-la-Jesus-land.

Non-believers will likely be repelled by the very evangelistic and over-simplistic tone--and may wonder where the Kendricks got their information, since almost all of it is that folksy, misogynistic, 1950s-sorta, gender-monolithic pseudoscience that evangelicals favor in lieu of peer-reviewed research about relationships. Evangelicals are probably already doing 90% of what it suggests. Almost none of it advises TALKING WITH YOUR PARTNER LIKE A FRICKIN' ADULT ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS. The "dares" are all either blatantly come-to-Jesus sermonizing or else simplistic little tasks that pretend to be the capturing of all new attitudes and habits (pro-tip: they aren't).

PLEASE understand I am not ragging on Christianity itself, though my terms are blunt. I'm nothing but sympathetic toward Christians in unhappy marriages. I know why they're unhappy; I was once myself. I've seen both kinds of marriage first-hand. I know how desperate a Christian can get when the la-la-land vision isn't coming through in reality no matter how hard they try. Instead, I'm angry that these two hacks have not only created a fictional world and pretended it's real, but foisted it off on the evangelical public and then laugh down their sleeves as those who fail its doomed system blame themselves--or are blamed by those who can't yet see through the smoke and mirrors. Save your money. Find something written by actual qualified therapists who aren't trying to shoehorn a vision of la-la-land into the real world. And if you've tried this system and it didn't work... well... of course it didn't. I'm truly sorry.
5

February 1, 2018

This is a wonderful and spiritual way to reconnect with your partner
This is a wonderful and spiritual way to reconnect with your partner. I tried this book by myself the first time and things did seem to change some. But the downfall was that I was not consistent. Now we are doing the dare together and it is wonderful.
4

Mar 02, 2011

I am on Day 29 Love's Motivation

When God is your reason for loving, your abitlity to love is guaranteed.

The love that's demanded from you in marriage is not dependent on your mate's sweetness or suitability. The love between a husband and wife should have one chief objective: honoring the Lord with devotion and sincerity. The fact that it blesses our beloved in the process is simply a wonderful additional benefit.
4

Jan 14, 2009

So far--EXCELLENT. This movie was EXCELLENT. Thank you Stephen Kendrick for creating this book. I am fortunate to be able to say that my husband and I have an excellent marriage, but in the 20 years we have been together there have been tough times, for sure. Now, with people we know doing destructive things in their marriages (speaking negatively about their spouses and to their spouses, rampant pornography, not prioritizing time with each other, etc.) marriages are not being nurtured and are So far--EXCELLENT. This movie was EXCELLENT. Thank you Stephen Kendrick for creating this book. I am fortunate to be able to say that my husband and I have an excellent marriage, but in the 20 years we have been together there have been tough times, for sure. Now, with people we know doing destructive things in their marriages (speaking negatively about their spouses and to their spouses, rampant pornography, not prioritizing time with each other, etc.) marriages are not being nurtured and are falling apart--people are giving in to temptations. This book gives fun and real ways to re-connect and show love and respect to one another. Even an excellent marriage can use some creativity and new ways to rekindle the love that needs to last "til death do us part". Every married couple should do this book! ...more
3

Jun 08, 2016

I have mixed feelings about this one. On the positive side, reading this book with my husband gave us a set time in the day to focus on our marriage through the lens of faith.
On the negative side (for me), the authors are pretty conservative, and some maddeningly old fashioned ideas of gender roles and the nature of men and women shine through in the writing.
If you can shake that off, or if you simply agree with their views, there are good ideas to be found about how to treat your loved one I have mixed feelings about this one. On the positive side, reading this book with my husband gave us a set time in the day to focus on our marriage through the lens of faith.
On the negative side (for me), the authors are pretty conservative, and some maddeningly old fashioned ideas of gender roles and the nature of men and women shine through in the writing.
If you can shake that off, or if you simply agree with their views, there are good ideas to be found about how to treat your loved one and how to improve your relationship.
Although I doubt I will check out more books by these particular authors, reading this book with my husband inspired me to keep pursuing this collaborative approach to growing in our relationship. That alone made it worth it. ...more
5

March 7, 2009

Best Book for Relationships
I purchased this book for my husband for Valentine's Day. We had been on two separate Islands for more than 9 months. Things had really gotten bad, I thought we were over. I started praying for the both of us and this was his answer. We had a great time on Valentine day, and afterwards we had a great discussion. My husband is not a communicator at all, so I knew this was only Gods work. Then I played the movie "Fireproof". After the movie my husband stated he wanting to do the 40 days, without me saying anything (again Gods work). I then gave him the book "Love Dare" as his real Valentine's present. We are now close to the end of the 40 days and our relationship has improved a lot. My husband has even asked if we can renew our vows next year to celebrate starting a new in our relationship. I highly recommend this book if you're trying to find a way to have your husband/ wife build/ rebuild a real relationship with God, so their life is a true reflection of god. Having God in your life first , makes marriage much easier.
1

October 15, 2015

but this crap doesn't work when your wife is a lazy bigoted ...
Sorry, but this crap doesn't work when your wife is a lazy bigoted whore who just likes to complain while claiming to be godly, but lives like a gluttonous slothful pig. We're now getting a divorce, so screw y'all.
3

Feb 03, 2009

If you are married, and want your relationship to work out, this is the book to read. It speaks about Love, how God views love, and oneness--togetherness--and unity. It is a forty-day journey to see your spouse for who they are, who they have become, and who you love the most underneath God's leadership. God is the third thread in a marriage, there is a difference between a marriage contract and covenant with God. I take the covenant with God more so than marriage contract. I want to be married If you are married, and want your relationship to work out, this is the book to read. It speaks about Love, how God views love, and oneness--togetherness--and unity. It is a forty-day journey to see your spouse for who they are, who they have become, and who you love the most underneath God's leadership. God is the third thread in a marriage, there is a difference between a marriage contract and covenant with God. I take the covenant with God more so than marriage contract. I want to be married until death do us part. ...more
5

February 25, 2011

The Love Dare
By Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick (B&H Publishing Group, 2008)

This book was featured in the popular movie, Fireproof, and centers around improving marriages by working on the core structure of couples, their hearts. The authors have modeled this book as a 40-day guided devotional adventure, aimed at teaching the reader and their partner how to love God and each other the right way, and how to put unimportant nuisances aside. Each day's reading includes a Bible verse, a principle statement, a dare to be performed that day, room to write your thoughts, and a check box to evaluate progress. The daily dares work to bring the relationship back together and to show the other person in the relationship that you love, care, and value them. With this book's reputation, in combination with the Fireproof movie, these can change marriages and eliminate even the idea of divorce in crumbling relationships; this is a must read for couples.
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March 8, 2009

The Love Dare
The Love Dare is a 40 day devotions to help you truely understand what
unconditional love is ,acording to the Bible.
I have truely enjoyed growing as a christian through these past 40 days .
I have become a calmer person and for the fist time in months or even years I feel at peace . I have even noticed a difference in my husband too & he is not doing the devotion.
I gave my sister-in -law a copy of Fireproof the book and The Love Dare for her birthday.
She had watched the movie the week befor and was over joyed to get both books.
I feel all 3 things go together,Fire Proof the movie ,Fire proof the book and the Love Dare .
I must tell you Do Not read the LOVE DARE unless you want something realy great to happen in you life. It will not be a easy walk, but it will be a worth every step . For some it will be easyer than for others,
just hang in there and let God work with you .Because He will change you life,for the better. I feel everyone who wants to change their Marrage and personal life should have all 3. The movie is great ,but the book goes even deeper in to the lives of Calbe and his wife as the surch for the trueth and away to save their broken marrage.The Love Dare
5

January 15, 2009

Valid for EVERY marriage & relationship
Even we benefited at 60-something & in second marriages. "The Love Dare" guides in any marriage relationship, regardless of the fire currently needing tending. It may not take the place of a marriage counselor for a severely struggling couple, but it's a start.

If you have no known problems, thank God for the blessing. Do the dare anyhow, and enjoy the assurance and knowledge of what is working and what may or may not be ahead in the future for you and your mate. It takes just minutes a day to start. BEWARE, it is like a snowball (or should I say, FIREBALL). The more dares you dare to activate with your spouse, the more time you'll likely want to spend doing them. And the more time you'll be enjoying talking with and sacrificing for your loved one.

Only time will tell how large a percentage of "saved relationships" will result from "The Love Dare." You don't have to watch "Fireproof", the movie, to use this book. But the movie is 5-star also. GET THIS BOOK. Is your spouse worth it? Mine is!
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April 9, 2017

One Star
Nice idea to practice during marriage. Not so good to save one.
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September 13, 2013

Get the book not the audio
I watched the movie "Fireproof" recently for the first time. It wasn't as good as "Courageous" but I thought I'd give the dare a chance. The audio is horrible. It is nothing more than a large collection of Bible quotes with an occasional dare and a few questions from a journal that must be a part of the paper edition set. I've listened to each cd twice and can't even recall what day 2 is. You need a book and the journal to do the dare.
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November 2, 2014

boring.
Just so boring and it's not anything new to me in the book. It needs more.

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