The Love Dare

The Love Dare

by Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick


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ISBN-13: 9781433679599
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 878
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen Kendrick is best known as a screenwriter and movie producer (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous) along with having co-wrote the New York Times best sellers The Resolution for Men and The Love Dare with his brother, Alex. Stephen and his wife, Jill, have six children, and he serves as senior associate pastor of preaching and prayer at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. 
Alex Kendrick is best known as an actor, writer, and director whose film credits include Facing the GiantsFireproof, and Courageous. He and his wife, Christina, have six children.  He also serves as associate pastor of movie outreach for Sherwood Baptist Church.

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Love Dare 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 328 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband (38) and I (33) had been separated for a year and a half. He moved back to Virginia while I stayed in North Carolina with our four sons'. Around April 6th, I went to Virginia for a week for basketball camp for their spring break. It had been a couple of months since they had seen their father so I agreed to arrange for us all to spend a day or two together. The first day, my husband and I did small talk. We just talked enough to stay clear of an argument really. But as the days went on, I noticed something different about him. He talked different, he looked different and most importantly I began to see God in him. Saturday night, we stayed up all night talking. At the end of our talk, he asked if I wanted to try it God's way. Well, even though we have four son's and have been together for fourteen years, I was still hesitant. We had done so much to hurt each other that I doubted that our relationship could be repaired. I told him that I didn't know but that it would be along process if we tried. In other words, I didn't know if he could forgive me for what I had done to him and myself. Could I forgive him? We went to church the next day (11th time in 14 years) and heard that the Marriage Ministry was inviting all couples to see a movie called "Fireproof". Well, at the end of the service, we agreed that I would come back to Virginia the next Saturday to attend the movie. From Monday to Friday, I promise you that the devil worked and worked. We started arguing and fusing to the point that I told him that I wasn't coming. Oh, but God! That Saturday i showed up anyway. We watched the movie. I cried and he cried. I laughed and he laughed. We both than became really quiet. We both had done worst to each other than the couple in the movie! How could we allow Satan to just take our family? How did we allow drugs and alcohol to just consume our marriage? Most importantly, how could we forget about God? That night after the movie, we went to Barnes and Noble to get "The Love Dare". Not surprising, several couples were there also. Today, we are on Chapter 17. We haven't put it down. We have begun attending church and bible study regularly with our children! Faith is: "Daring Your Soul to Believe"! We believe in God! We believe in our marriage and the commitment that's needed to keep us together for the next 100 years! May 29th marks ten years of marriage for us!! What the devil meant for bad, God remained faithful through out. Thank you so much for aiding in saving our marriage!
Jim-NiskayunaNYUSA More than 1 year ago
I doubt anyone has been more selfish or inconsiderate with their spouse than I have. Certain recent events in my marriage finally caused me to hit rock bottom and I realized recently that my marriage is in severe jeopardy. I had seen the movie Fireproof last year and I am a Christian (Catholic), and although I was touched by the movie, I did not act on it. I think as a person we all reach a point where we know we must change becuase if we want to be happy, we need to love and be loved, I reached that point. It was last week that I decided to buy the book and change. I am white collar professional and a father of three wonderful and beautiful daughters who has longed to have a happy marriage, however it was not until I started reading this book that I realized I was my own worst enemy. I am only in Day 7 of the book, but I can honestly say, that my attitude and actions have taken a 180 degree turn for the better. I have already learned it is easier and less stressful to be unselfish than selfish. More importantly I have learned if you love someone than you do so through your actions and without hidden or selfish motives. Although I know there are many challenges ahead, this book will always be part of my life, and it will inspire me and motivate me to honor, respect, and love my wife from now on. If those who knew me were aware I was writing this they would be literally stunned. The fact is that I now realize how much I love my wife yet up to now only I had only ever told her through words. Actions are far more indicative, but do so because it's how you should treat someone you love, not because you want something out of it. I like how I feel about my actions now because I know their making her happier and that's reason enough to continue. If you truly take this book seriously, than I can promise you that, you, your spouse, and your family will greatly benefit from it. If your marriage is not what you want it to be, than take this challenge and change it. I do not want to be lonely or unhappy in my marriage, nor does anyone else, but it takes hard work and and alot of effort; this book is about that effort and how you love someone. You must be open minded and honest with yourself, do not even inform your sposue that you are undertaking this challenge, just do it and see what happens for you, it could change your life, I know because it is changing mine. If you love your wife, place her in front of everything else but God, including your children and yourself, and never, ever, let anything or anyone come between you. Good luck. - If my advice about this book helps even one marriage then it was worth writing this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As most people might already know, this book is based upon the Christian movie "Fireproof", which is about a man who saves his marriage by completing a character-testing, 40-day list of "dares" suggested to him by his father. Like the movie, the book of course is Christian based as well.

I loved the movie and the book is more of the same. However I looked at both of them from the perspective of a person happily married for over 15 years. I can tell you that while I don't practice all the dares in the book, my spouse and I are good about doing many of them- and of course there's always room for improvement. From my personal experience, I feel like concentrating on the kinds of ideas presented in the book have been absolutely key to making our marriage last.

Now the book itself also consists of a 40-day list of dares. For each day, there's about a page and a half or so of advice, followed by a specific dare and some space for you to write down your personal reflections. Dares range from things such as practicing patience to writing out a renewal of your vows. The guys will probably particularly like Day 32!

As you can tell, I highly recommend going to see the movie and reading the book. In a society that places a high value on looks and money, while sporting a 50% divorce rate, its nice to see more movies and books coming out that get people more focused on the right values in life. Even if you don't do anything more than just glance through the book, you're going to be given something to think about. Other self-help books I enjoyed include "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book saved my relationship. When my boyfriend and I broke up, I sent him this book as a gift and I bought one for me, read it myself. Now you see, my boyfriend was my bestfriend until we crossed the thin line of platonic friendship to a more intimate one. But, we started acting out like married couples and we ended breaking each other's hearts. After reading the book, we realized that we are truly meant to be together we just need to forgive and love each other unconditionally. The book taught us how and here we are now, getting married in Spring.
All4him More than 1 year ago
The Fireproof movie was incredible. It delivered an eye opening message to me personally, that I will never forget. I have watched the movie several times and each time I felt that I was Caleb. My wife and I are divorced, but recently began speaking again! The impact of the movie and it's message, inspired me to order the Love Dare Book. My prayer is that if it's God's will, I have a second chance for my family. This time, doing it God's way! To those men that are sitting on the fence post trying to do it their way. I challenge you to take a stand for your wife. It's never too late to humble yourself. Don't let your pride hold you back like I did, because it cost me, my marriage. Please keep me in your prayers. God Bless.
Ladybugmom1982 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend. She was convinced that if I bought the book, reading and doing the dares it would help my relationship with my husband. Minor improvements have been made, but for me it has opened my eyes on how closed hearted I have been and has caused my husband to also have a closed heart. The book is truly beautiful and I hope that other will see that as well. I enjoyed doing dares, but I will say the first 20 days are the most difficult and you really do have make an effort to stay on a course, staying positive, and have patience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The person that defines love isn't the one being loved ,but the person that is choosing to love. A big plus is how the lessons build off the previous. It is a short lesson and can easily be reread. It describes why the days challenge is importantand how it is to be put into practice. In the end it is about what you are choosing to do. Even if the person is not a Christian, it has invaluable lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to all married couples , regardless how you think that your marriage is doing. To love needs work because usually we are quick to point out the other person's issues without pointing out what we are doing to our alord and saviour. If we stop discovering our mates faults and focus on our relationship with our lord, love would put all issues in persective. Remember that the lord gave us directions and instructions on how to love. He shows us everyday, it is up to us to practice what we are taught. Above all things love is the greatest. God still shows us how much he loves us. Agape love.
dalmatiandigital More than 1 year ago
My initial thought of this book was "This book is only for those couples whose marriage is on the rocks". But when a small group from our church decided to do it together and I got into it, I decided otherwise. I thought my marriage was ok before starting this book, and there are a few daily challenges that my wife and I have been doing on a daily basis anyway, but there also was quite a few daily challenges or "dares" that made me do things I had not done for my wife in a very long times. Discussions that we were called to have that we had not ever had, or just assumed over the years. Dares for caring and loving in ways not previously thought. That being said, I definitely give this book 2 thumbs up, no matter where your marriage is at.
Hannah Tyler More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great for several different relationships. I am doing it on my sister.
Craig_Mattice More than 1 year ago
"The Love Dare" by Stephen Kendrick presented through the release of the movie "Fireproof." Don't laugh! This may be a life changing book for you to invest your time and energy. I was first exposed to this book through watching the movie "Fireproof" starring Kirk Cameron as a special function with my Sunday School class. To say I was moved, touched, excited, and enthusiastic about obtaining this book is an understatement. If you are at all familiar with the movie, even if you are not.....yet, you will realize this book is geared toward saving and creating a very positive marriage relationship. Troubled marriages especially but everything revealed in this book applies to ALL marriages. It is for this reason I personally bought the book. My marriage is very healthy and successful lasting 37 years now. The foundation of learning, growing, and developing a healthy marriage relationship in this book is based on a solidly Christian foundation and Bible teachings. I appreciated the references throughout this 40 day experience to specific and very applicable Bible verses. All of which, reinforce the message, path of development, and the recreation or maintaining of a very healthy marriage relationship with your partner. If this is even a question in your life or you just wish to continue further on your personal development journey, this book is invaluable. You will learn from and enjoy this book as it is so well presented in 40 individual day teachings for immediate application. A complete 40 day course in marriage contained in only 212 pages. Pretty impressive! Craig Mattice
trumfelt More than 1 year ago
Read and do the exercises together. It will bring you closer to Him and to your mate He gave to you.
ChewyCW More than 1 year ago
Every marriage can use some stimulation. Too often the emphasis is on sexuality between the sheets instead of in our lives. Love Dare is a good challenge for everyone who desires a more engaging marriage.
JBINGHAM More than 1 year ago
I am single and chose to read this as a devotional. It is very applicable with a practical as well as spiritual approach to love. It gives a realistic understanding of what true love does and how it behaves from a biblical view point. Very insightful.
apele More than 1 year ago
if you are looking for a change of heart this is a wonderful place to start. it's not easy if your marriage is in trouble, however if you want to save it this will definitely help. and for those that already have a good foundation, you will find areas of your heart that may harbor some selfishness and this book helps to put the focus on your mate and off of you, to love more fully and completely. i have really enjoyed the journey so far. i'm on day 32 and love the changes in myself as well as my husband and i've not said anything - it has all been God. thank you Jesus!
SandraH2O More than 1 year ago
"The Love Dare" is an AWESOME companion to the movie "Fireproof." ALL couples, whether married or not, should do this 40 day exercise...just like in the movie. If you haven't seen the movie, watch it! It's absolutely WONDERFUL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw the movie last night. I am in the middle of a nasty divorce now. Ike hit Houston and now thats been delayed. He thinks its time to be done. The movie truly hit home. So much I almost walked out twice. I wish they would have come out with this years ago. All I can say is its never too late.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book does a good job of defining love and explaining the power of love. It's worth doing at least once a year to stay grounded and remember why you chose your mate to be with. Even if things do not work out, I still think it presents an opportunity for personal growth.
karen1423 More than 1 year ago
If your married then this book really is for you! Whether you are in need of some help to get your marriage back on track or your happily married and want to take a great marriage to the next level of intimacy this book draws out the best in you. My husband and I are happily married but this book changed me and my husband noticed and he's become better for it too.It challenges and inspires you but it's not so intimidating that you can't handle it. This book would make a perfect gift for any couple too! Trust me buy this book, you won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really was helpful to us. I worked the dare on my spouse and I started to see changes in their attitude within the first week. You have to make a commitment to do the dare everyday for 40 days and you will be surprised at how things will change in your marriage. It has also helped me to come back to the church and allow God into my heart again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was going through a very hard time with my wife when I was given this book. The Love Dare literally changed my view on how I should respect and cherish my wife. I loved how the "Love Dare" used the Bible to show me the importance of the marriage bond and the truth that God hates divorce! I put it into action and way before the last page I was seeing results in my relationship and I have got to say, Thank you for this God sent step by step program! I cannot imagine life without her!!!! God bless you Stephen and Alex
DragonGirl35 More than 1 year ago
This is a journey taken by any person in a committed relationship who wants to better understand their spouse and themselves while enhancing their cooperation and love. A must read for marriages who've been a little rocky and a suggested read for all who want to see their spouse through the eyes of God and His True Love (it may even make you look at the whole world through His eyes).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent used this book, but I have watched the movie Fireproof, and the movie does a wonderful job of explaining this book! My parents have gone through a divorce and I always wonder if maybe one of them had this book, would they've made it through this rough relationship? Overall, I still believe this is deffinately a book that can help you through your problems with you marraige or just a relationship heading downhill. Also when reading this book, I believe that the bible scriptures have a major impact on your relationship with the Lord.
Mike35 More than 1 year ago This book is awesome. I started the journey today and you can follow me at the link above.
freidasbooks More than 1 year ago
This book got me so fired up! I love the ideas. My husband and I are still reading this together. I wish there were more books out there like this. Buy it for yourself, your loved one, or friends. Its exciting to read. We haven't got all the way through it yet but it encourages conversation as you go along. Don't hesitate. Get this one and share it! And I noticed too that a lot of the ideas in this book were similar to another book I loved, Nancy Madore's Dancing Princesses, which puts these same concepts of couples working together in story form that really gets you fired up. The books are great to read together.