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Love Is A Flame: Stories of What Happens When Love Is Rekindled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Gary Chapman, the master of love

    Any book written by Gary Chapman is a must read!

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    LOVE IS A FLAME

    Love is a Flame:
    Stories of what happens when love is rekindled,
    compiled by James Stuart Bell with forward by Gary Chapman
    Bethany House Publishers

    This book is a compilation of over 40 short stories about marriages that are on the rocks or at least in danger of being there, but through prayer, and work, they are rekindled. Most of the stories are only 4 to 7 pages long, so reading this book can be done in short spurts, without losing your place. It gives some good strategies on how to keep your marriage fresh, or how to bring back the feelings you probably had when you were first married.

    I really think that before you are too many stories into the book, you'l recognise some aspects of your own marriage, and you can then compare how you handled your crisis, as opposed to how the person writing their story, handled theirs.

    Recommended reading for anyone whose marriage may be struggling. And this might be a good book to give to newlyweds, to read together.

    I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers, to read and review. I received no other compensation for my review.
    The opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    What real love is about.

    We are used to thinking of a "happily ever after" deal when considering marriage; seldom do we realize that marriage vows also include words like "poor" or "sickness." Death, triumphs, financial difficulties, sacrifice, illnesses, addictions and affairs are just some of the circumstances that several couples have faced. This is a compilation of their stories and about love that endures despite anything; they share how their life had to change radically, and how a new purpose for marriage was found. Because of the depth, and even though the stories are short, I generally had to pause after each one. I laughed and cried more than once. After each story, the person who compiled the book gives a short insight about the situations exemplified, along with biblical principles to learn from.
    There is nothing fancy about this book. It's just mere reality and an eye-opener. It's what any one of use might face one day but would never like to. And in that sincerity, it is also one of the best books I have read. Any couple, whether engaged, married or separated should read this book - it is an excellent counseling material. We will all learn about what the real deal is - true love.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    Real people. Real stories. Real love.

    Happily ever after. Does it only happen in fairy tales, or in real life? Over the years love may burn strong and steady, but sometimes it grows cold. However, it can be rekindled - and these stories show how. Be inspired by true accounts of how love was revived and renewed.

    You'll discover that love can grow stronger and burn brighter through the years as you read more than forty stories from everyday people like:

    Jan, whose marriage was restored despite adultery

    Marsha, who fought pornography and won

    Bryan, who realized his family, not his career, was his most important responsibility

    Emily, who learned that real love overcomes unrealistic expectations

    Jeff, who went from dissatisfaction and boredom to falling in love all over again.

    The true stories in Love Is A Flame will warm your heart and show you how to create a new spark in your marriage and build it into a glowing flame. (excerpt back cover).

    My Review:

    In Love Is A Flame by Gary Chapman and James Stuart Bell, you will discover how to rekindle your marriage back into the fire it was when you got married. It will teach you ways through real life stories of couples and people just like yourself that encountered issues in their marriage that would have cause most people to walk away and show you that you can save yours if you are willing to try.

    This book is wonderfully divided into unique chapters that address the common issues like the ones mentioned above so you can go directly to the source of conflict within your own marriage or perhaps help another struggle couple out of their mess with strong biblical insight coupled with real true stories.

    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review and truly believe that every married couple should have this book in their home for review and for a great resource. You may never need it but it's nice to have to provide sound biblical advice to so many marriages that are going through these issues around us. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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    Posted February 7, 2012

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