Warning: This Book Will Not Change Your Life

Warning: This Book Will Not Change Your Life

I just finished reading through Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell and Louis Duart.  I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I was with this book.  The introduction was consumed with author self-accolades and ravings about the celebrity couples whose quasi-perfect marriages were improved by the 40 day prayer challenge.   After I trudged through that completely useless section, I was lucky enough to read about the “Life-changing Lovemaking” that results from the methods in this book.    The rest of the chapters followed in the same way, giving story after story of how the prayer challenge revolutionized marriages near and far.  Some of this is nice, of course, but seventy pages of it? Seems like a little much.

Finally, in section three, you think you’ve arrived at the prayer challenge only to find you have to read through a bunch of theology — some of it very faulty.  One example I found especially alarming was the woman who started “tithing” by promising her clients that 10% of her commission would go to a charity of their choice. Apparently, she felt pretty strongly that you could use this act of worship as a business tactic and God would be completely okay with that.

The book never actually outlines a 40 day prayer challenge — I guess you’re on your own for that.  If I were you, I’d skip this book and all its ridiculous testimonials and just start praying with your spouse.     Or pick up one of these resources:

The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage

The Power of a Praying® Wife

The Power of a Praying® Husband Deluxe Edition

The One Year Book of Praying through the Bible

Disclosure:  I received this book free from BookSneeze.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. I just read this book for Booksneeze as well and came to many of the same conclusions that you did. I chose it as kind of a “love dare” thing I could also write about on my blog and the only way it drew my wife and I together was laughing out loud at some of the cheesy lines of the book. It was an extreme disappointment. Thanks for posting the links, though… I was looking for some additional resources, and I’ll check them out.

  2. Outstanding read, thank you for the information.

  3. Quality read, thank you for the post.