Thursday, June 23, 2011

Love at Last Sight by Kerry and Chris Shook

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books  book blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: Love At Last Sight: 30 days to grow and deepen your closest relationships

Author: Kerry and Chris Shook

Format: Hardback

Genre: Christian Living

Source: Review copy provided by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for an honest review.

Published: WaterBrook Press / August 2010 / ISBN: 978-1-4000-7380-1 /
                                               224 pages / $19.99

Buy the Book: WaterBrook Multnomah / Amazon / LifeWay

More Information: Love At Last Sight Challenge

Why I Read this Book:  My goal for this year was to BE PRESENT (See this posting for an explanation.) and I think I've been doing okay so far.  I'll admit, it takes a lot of focus and energy to be "present" in everything, but when I've been conscious about doing so, I've been blessed by how richer my relationships have become.

When I first saw this book was available for review, I hesitated at first because I knew if I read it I would have to take action.  After all, it gives me activities and "assignments" to complete at the end of each chapter.  Did I really want to do all of that work while reading? 

After my internal struggle and a lot more prayer, I decided to request it for review and I haven't been disappointed.  Kerry and Chris break everything down into small morsels and nuggets of information that are easy to digest and follow-through on.  In fact, I would find myself waking up early to read the chapter for the day so I could find out what my next "assignment" was going to be and who I needed to focus on for that day.

It wasn't easy. In fact, one of my "key relationships" that I wanted to focus on is at an utter standstill because that person is unreceptive at this point.  However, the other two relationships have take off in unexpected ways.  I am closer to these individuals and we tend to share more from our hearts because they know that I am "present" and actually focusing on what they have to say.  No, they may not be cognisant of the changes, but I can tell they've noticed a bit of a change at least in the way I act around them.

If you want to focus on the relationships/friendships in your life, I say take the challenge now.  It will only help you to strive to be a better friend to those around you.

What I Liked: It wasn't hard to relate to the text--even though my relationships were not of the romantic variety.  I wanted to focus on my friendships and family relationships and it was easy to follow and relate to my life.

What I Didn't Like: I kind if feel like Kirk Cameron's character in the movie Fireproof after the Love Dare.  I don't want to stop just because the book is finished, but I'm kind of at a standstill and need to go on from here.  What's next?

Overall Impression: If you really want to intensify the relationships in your life and let people know that you are "all in" the relationship, then Love At Last Sight is the perfect book to get you started in that direction.  Warning: you cannot read this book passively.  You will need to take action.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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