Made to Be Loved: Enjoying Spiritual Intimacy with God and Your Spouse

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While desired, the idea of spiritual intimacy is scary and even threatening to some couples. They've tried those other couples devotional books, but sharing Bible study and prayer time together just doesn't come naturally. And when these sharing times seem awkward and manipulated, many couples put the book back on the shelf and simply go on as they were before. If this sounds all too familiar, Made to Be Loved is the sip of cool water for your thirsty marriage.

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Overview


While desired, the idea of spiritual intimacy is scary and even threatening to some couples. They've tried those other couples devotional books, but sharing Bible study and prayer time together just doesn't come naturally. And when these sharing times seem awkward and manipulated, many couples put the book back on the shelf and simply go on as they were before. If this sounds all too familiar, Made to Be Loved is the sip of cool water for your thirsty marriage.

Steve and Valerie Bell encourage couples to go beyond treating the symptoms of a marriage that lacks spiritual intimacy and go straight to the root of the problem. The real disease that threatens marriages is spiritual distance from God. According to the Bells, "When a husband and wife invite God into their marriage, their perspectives change. Hearts are softened, expectations become more realistic, sexual relations take on a soulish sweetness, even fights get better!" Take your marriage to the next level with the help of Steve and Valerie Bell. Develop a deeper love relationship with you God, and in doing so, create a whole new atmosphere in your marriage.

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Steve and Valerie Bell take spiritual intimacy out of the realm of "religious disciplines to be performed," and put it into everyday life where it can be experienced.  Made To Be Loved both stimulates the desire for intimacy and points the way with practical ideas.  The personal honesty of the authors gives hope to the most timid and challenge to the veteran.
-Gary D. Chapman, Ph.D., Author of The Five Love Languages

As we read Steve and Valerie's book, many faces come to mind of folks whose marriages could be helped, saved, and transformed by the Bells' realistic, deeply spiritual wisdom and do-able suggestions.  Then our faces appear in our minds -- this book is for us, too. Made To Be Loved is honest, alive, and full of counsel that will actually make a difference.  Our opinion?  You really ought to read this book.
-Rachael and Larry Crabb

Steve and Valerie have opened their hearts in a powerful way to help all of us move more closely to God and to each other.  If authentic intimacy with our Lord and your spouse is what you long for, then this is what you've been looking for.
-Martie and Joe Stowell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802433992
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author


STEVE and VALERIE BELL have been married and in ministry together for over 30 years. Steve is currently an executive vice-president of the Willow Creek Association. Valerie travels widely as a conference speaker, making frequent guest appearances on radio and television. Valerie is the author of seven books, and co-author with her husband of three books: Made to be Loved and Faith-Shaped Kids, and Real Survivors. Steve and Valerie live in Wheaton, Illinois; they have two grown sons.

STEVE and VALERIE BELL have been married and in ministry together for over 30 years. Steve is currently an executive vice-president of the Willow Creek Association. Valerie travels widely as a conference speaker, making frequent guest appearances on radio and television. Valerie is the author of seven books, and co-author with her husband of three books: Made to be Loved and Faith-Shaped Kids, and Real Survivors. Steve and Valerie live in Wheaton, Illinois; they have two grown sons.

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Table of Contents


1. What Makes a Marriage Successful?

2. Made to Be Loved

3. Where Is God?

4. Longing for Intimacy

5. Called to Be Saints: Turning Houses into Homes

6. The Rub: Counting the Cost

7. Smoothing the Rub

8. About Kings and Queens

9. When Things Spiritual Seem Dull

10. Sexuality and the Spiritually Intimate Marriage

11. Just Don't Ask Me to Pray!

12. Leaving the Lights On

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