Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Review: Couples who Pray by By Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt

Book Desciption
In this entertaining, highly readable book, couples learn that a fabulous marriage can be the outcome of learning to pray together, causing a 20 to 30% increase in romance, conversation and happiness.
Best-selling author SQuire Rushnell and his wife, entertainer and talk show host, Louise DuArt take readers step by step through The 40 Day Prayer Challenge™ in which couples commit to praying together five minutes a day for forty days. Backed by compelling research from Baylor University and Gallup Poll, the true-life experiences of 24 test couples, including Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, Donna Summer and Bruce Sudano, Scott and Tracie Hamilton, reveal that daily prayer is a "life changing experience" in which most couples report positive outcomes in less than two weeks.
Couples Who Pray includes an easy questionnaire prepared by Baylor University to help couples to chart their own progress during The 40 Day Prayer Challenge™.
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The theory behind this book is good. I think praying is important. Praying together as a couple is equally important. The book suggests a 40 day prayer challenge where a husband and wife pray together at least 5 minutes a day (meals don't count). I think it is an awesome thing that this married couple is pursuing (encouraging prayer in marriage), but the book did seem to push the challenge to be a "cure all" and that if you do this you will never have any more problems in marriage. There was a lot of "name dropping" in the book and it made it seem more comercial than authentic. All in all though, good principle and maybe something most couples have never thought about. I'm glad someone did write a book on it. God does answer prayers and like I said before prayer with your spouse is very important, but that doesn't mean your prayers will be answered exactly the way you want and praying with your spouse does not guarantee that you will have a perfect, pain-free life.

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