Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together [NOOK Book]

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The Love Dare challenged individuals to love their spouse more. Closer shows wives and husbands how to grow that love together. Introduced with Scripture verses and engaging stories, these 52 devotionals will inspire couples to draw closer through faith conversations--those quiet talks so vital for emotional and spiritual intimacy in a marriage. Guided, practical action steps round out each reading. Closer, with its flexible weekly format, is an appealing alternative to a daily ...
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Overview

The Love Dare challenged individuals to love their spouse more. Closer shows wives and husbands how to grow that love together. Introduced with Scripture verses and engaging stories, these 52 devotionals will inspire couples to draw closer through faith conversations--those quiet talks so vital for emotional and spiritual intimacy in a marriage. Guided, practical action steps round out each reading. Closer, with its flexible weekly format, is an appealing alternative to a daily devotional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441204349
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 296,150
  • File size: 426 KB

Meet the Author

Jim and Cathy Burns have been married for over 30 years. They have the privilege to speak to couples each year through conferences on "Creating an Intimate Marriage" and "Growing Together Spiritually." As host of the HomeWord radio program, Jim is heard daily in more than 800 communities across the United States. They live in Southern California with their three daughters.
Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He is also the host of the national radio broadcast HomeWord with Jim Burns. Jim's passion and purpose for this broadcast is to build God-honoring families through communicating practical truths that will enable adults and young people alike to live out their Christian faith. In addition to the radio program, Jim speaks to thousands around the world each year through seminars and conferences. He is an award-winning author, whose books include Creating an Intimate Marriage, The Purity Code, Confident Parenting, Faith Conversations for Families, and Teenology. He has been featured through numerous media outlets including CNN, ABC, Focus on the Family, and Library Journal. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three grown daughters and live in Southern California. Visit www.homeword.com for more information.
Cathy and Jim Burns have been married for over thirty years. They have the privilege to speak to couples each year through conferences on “Creating an Intimate Marriage” and Growing Together Spiritually.” Cathy is also a teacher at a Christian school for kids with learning disabilities.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 Trusting the Author of Your Story 15

2 Don't Lose Sight of the Goal 19

3 The Power of Forgiveness 23

4 A Nonnegotiable Date Night 27

5 The Happiness Effect 31

6 Servant Love or Selfish Love? 35

7 The Purity Code 39

8 The Jesus Creed 43

9 What Is God Telling You to Do? 47

10 The Eternal Perspective 51

11 Longevity in Your Marriage With A.W.E. 55

12 Your Marriage To-Do List 59

13 Thank Therapy 63

14 Three Questions 67

15 Attitude Is Everything 71

16 No Regrets 75

17 Dad 77

18 Accountability Makes a Marriage Stronger 81

19 Keep On Treasuring 85

20 Jumping to Conclusions 89

21 A Love Story 93

22 H.A.L.T 97

23 Your Body and Your Marriage 101

24 When I Relax, I Feel Guilty 105

25 God Meets Our Deepest Needs 109

26 Think Generationally 113

27 Reactions Speak Louder Than Words 117

28 Moses and the Amalekites 121

29 David and Goliath 125

30 Closer to God, Closer to Each Other 129

31 Rekindling Romance 133

32 Creating Connection 137

33 The Prayer Challenge 141

34 Too Busy 145

35 Solitude and People 149

36 Weekly Meetings 153

37 Conflict Can Bring You Closer, Or 157

38 A High-Maintenance Marriage 161

39 Physical Intimacy 165

40 Strategic Romance 169

41 Stop Complaining, Start Enjoying 173

42 Do Your Kids a Favor: Love Your Spouse 177

43 Waking Up Is a Gift 181

44 A Life of Significant Conversations 185

45 Different by Design 189

46 Do What It Takes 193

47 The Best Things in Life Are Not Things 197

48 Making Your Values a Priority 201

49 God Isn't Finished With You Yet 205

50 Attitudes and Thoughts 209

51 The Pain of Anger and Freedom of Forgiveness 213

52 Learning toApologize 219

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Year-long devotional for married couples

    Closer by Jim & Cathy Burns is a year-long devotional for couples looking to strengthen their marriage. Broken down into 52 easy to read lessons, the authors tackle many of the issues that strain and break marriages in this age when divorce is common and living together before marriage even more so. From finances to kids to sex, the Burns discuss it all in a encouraging and conversational tone. Each lesson has questions at the end for spouses to ask each other to deepen the lesson as well as exercises to keep the conversation going. The most important lesson the authors have for readers is that God must be in the center of a marriage for it to be successful, and that when we seek to change our partner, it's often we who need to change ourselves. The lessons are quick and easy to read in just a few minutes weekly, so it will work for even the busiest couples. Closer is an excellent tool for couples looking to have a better relationship in 2011.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Haze

    Standing with Chief and Spotter, "I just now got the message!" *walks up to -A HELPING HAND- pulls the gun out keeps it close to my side*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

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    *Cocks gun* so who are you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    The book really helps me and my wife staying close to our Lord!

    The book really helps me and my wife staying close to our Lord!

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

    Great Marriage Devotional

    I've had the wonderful opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. I've been looking for sometime for a book that will help strengthen my marriage and help me draw closer to my husband. I've found that in this book. Designed to read once a week with or without your spouse. Takes less than 30 minutes and what a benefit it will do.

    Help build your relationship and your communication skills with your spouse. Help with your emotional and spritual intimacy. This was written with busy schedules in mind. Includes a little reading about that week's topic, discussion questions, Bible Scripture references, Faith Conversations to help strengthen your communication and practical action steps to allow you to take one step closer to becoming an intimate marriage.

    The topics discussed are well worth the time spent on them including trust, regrets, being selfish, forgiveness, purity and much much more..

    I would highly recommend this book to any married couple, young or old, just married or married for 50 + years. You will learn so much with this and build a lasting bond with one another that will last a lifetime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    We are already "closer" thanks to this book!

    My copy of Closer arrived in the mail yesterday. My husband and I started our first chapter last night. This book fits our lifestyle very well. My favorite aspect of the book is that the chapters are short and sweet, but jam packed with thought provoking information allowing us to spend more time talking with each other rather than reading for a long time. Great book! Would recommend it to any newly married couple trying to create their own life and better their marriage.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

    Amazing and appropriate for all marriages

    Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together

    By: Jim Burns, Cathy Burns

    Bethany House


    I found this devotional amazing.I have never read a book by the Burns, but I want to read more after reading this one. The devotionals were laid out exceptionally well, they were short and very direct in where you need to go. As well the conversation starts were very helpful and really made you consider your answers. This is a devotional that was easy for us to get through with each devotional topic being for a week time-frame and with our hectic lives we never really have the daily time to devote, but are able to consider things through the week to bring back to our marriage.

    The activity I enjoyed the most was actually writing out how we first met through today. We have been together for a little over 12 years and though we still talk about it, we never had never really written it down. This is something that I plan to pass down to my kids as the grow older. This is appropriate for dating through longtime married couples.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    Closer

    Today it is hard to connect, with your spouse, with your kids, with your extended family. Everyone is busy, on the go. Appointments, meetings and life rush us around like crazy. Jim and Cathy Burns have given us a Devotional book with fifty two devotions designed to draw couples closer together.

    There is no huge list of how to do this devotional, you can work at your own pace, they do suggest committing or investing thirty minutes a week to each other and to do this devotional book. Each devotion has a scripture it is based on, then a commentary to go with it, then it is followed by a section called faith conversations, which is starting lines for a conversation to have to build your faith in each other and in God. The final section of the devotion is called A Step Closer, and usually includes a written assignment or a discussion assignment for you to do. A very appealing and easy to follow devotional lay out.

    They cover topics vital to keeping a marriage strong topics such as romance, love, how to handle a high maintenace marriage, and many more. These devotions are interesting and you will enjoy sharing this book with your beloved. A great marriage tool. 222 pages $19.99 US 4 stars

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no cash or payment was received for this review.

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