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Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together

Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together

by Jim Burns, Cathy Burns
Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together

Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together

by Jim Burns, Cathy Burns


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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 devotional.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441204349
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 224
File size: 4 MB

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.
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 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.

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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