Thursday, April 4, 2013

One Month to Love: Thirty Days to Grow and Deepen Your Closest Relationships, By Kerry & Chris Shook

Back Cover Reads:
"Improve your most important relationships—starting today.
At the end of the day in this all-too-short life, what matters most is relationships. Spouse, parent, child, friend—whoever your closest loved ones are, they warrant more than a passing glance; they deserve an intentional and meaningful relationship with you.
The One Month to Love thirty-day challenge is the greatest adventure you’ll ever take, helping you deepen the important relationships in your life. Authors Kerry and Chris Shook use timeless, biblical wisdom to walk through three stages of relationships: First Glance, Second Look, and Lasting Love. Many of us have launched into the exciting First Glance phase. When we then tiptoe into the Second Look, reality sets in, and often friendships weaken, families suffer, marriages crack. Now learn how to experience the deep, satisfying lifelong relationships of lasting love.
All it takes is one chapter a day.
If your marriage is broken, restoration is possible. If your friendship is frail, a fresh start is possible. Even if you’ve made mistakes in all your relationships, lasting love is still possible. “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Includes a weekly focus and daily readings to guide you through the process."

One Month to Love is a wonderfully written, easy to read book. Once a day you read a short, to the point, chapter and at the end of the chapter there are a few questions for you to journal and answer (or put into action). Honestly, this book is written so well! The authors gives amazing advice, and relevant short stories.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and found myself reading several chapters at once (rather than one a day).
One Month to Love is not a book just about marriage. The book covers how to build three key relationships in your everyday life; friendship, marriage and parenting (though the principles and strategies can be applied to any relationship).
One of the chapters that really struck me was Day 5 (Staying at the table); in which it talks about the ping-pong method. 
"Communicating about tough issues is a lot like playing a game of ping-pong. In fact, table tennis is a perfect metaphor for two people staying at the table and hitting the conversation ball back and forth until they reach and understanding.......Wouldn't it be incredibly frustrating if you were playing ping-pong, and every time you served, your opponent let the ball drop off the table and never hit back? You really wouldn't have someone playing with you; the other person might as well not be there. In the same way, nothing is more frustrating in a relationship than bringing up a difficult issue and the other person always dropping the ball..."
This is definitely a relationship book I would recommend to singles and couples; anyone who wants a deeper relationship with those they care about!! 

For more information check out one of the links below;
Authors Website 
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Authors Bio 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24 

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