Monday, October 3, 2011
Couples Who Pray Book Review
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™.
(I want to say first...I started this book a really long time ago...maybe 9 months ago...but as you will read, life took some turns I wasn't prepared for. It took me a long time to get the book done because of these turns, and then longer for me to understand what was happening and to be able to post this....but I get it now!)
I dove into this book, ready to go with whatever they suggested. I was TOTALLY excited! I started talking to my husband about it right away. We had prayed off and on as a couple before, but never on a continuing basis. We had been having trouble. He has had a drinking problem for several years, but had trouble admitting it or getting help. I was REALLY ready to start our adventure praying together. So we did...just what the book told us to do. The first few times it was awkward, but it got easier. Then...Satan attacked us. He didn't like what was happening apparently and had to put a stop to it. My husbands drinking got worse and he finally admitted he had a problem and went away to rehab for 30 days. I couldn't understand why this was happening...here I was praying with my husband nightly and then this happens. At the time, I got really angry at God. But, now...looking back, I realize that praying together may have actually been what saved our marriage. If he hadn't gotten worse...if he hadn't gone away to rehab...I can't say that we will still be living under the same roof. I have a nursing background. I try to look at it like this....you have a virus (troubled marriage)....you treat it with everything you can to feel better (prayer)....but it still has to run its course, it is going to get worse before it gets better (worse drinking...then rehab). Does that make sense? Prayer was what was needed though to help the virus NOT become an infection. If you don't rest when you have a virus...like a cold...it can turn into worse things, like a sinus infection, ear infection, etc. The prayer was the rest we needed to get to the point we needed to be at...to get him help. In order for him to get help, he needed that prayer that we did together.
Since he went to rehab, we got out of the habit of praying together. Once he got home, things got dicey again...he actually went BACK to rehab. We hadn't prayed together all summer....now we are again, and things are going MUCH better. I honestly have seen that praying together makes a difference...in many ways. We also seem to be closer...seem to communicate better....seem to understand eachother better. It is something that I would suggest to anyone. It is such an easy concept...and it even says to do it in the bible...why does it take so long for us to figure it out? I suppose we ask ourselves that question of our kids all the time, "Why can't they figure it out?" I guess God is asking that of us!
This is a MUST read to get yourselves into the habit!
*I was given no compensation for this review. What you read are strictly my opinions. I was offered a book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.*