This collection of 52 devotionals helps couples to draw closer through faith conversations-those quiet talks so vital for emotional and spiritual intimacy. Written with today's busy schedules in mind, each reading includes inviting discussion questions and practical action steps to provide a focused time to learn and talk about what's important in life. Set aside just 30 minutes a week to stay connected with your spouse.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About 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.
Table of Contents
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 to Apologize 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
My husband and I started this for the new year and have really enjoyed the weekly devotions and the activities that go with each one. This is our second book of devotions as a couple and I think this one is one every couple would like. Would make a great gift as a wedding present,to each other on your anniversary or Christmas to start the new year out right.
The book really helps me and my wife staying close to our Lord!
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.
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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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*