Love That Lasts: How We Discovered God's Better Way for Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex (Signed Book)

Love That Lasts: How We Discovered God's Better Way for Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex (Signed Book)

by Jefferson Bethke, Alyssa Bethke

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ISBN-13: 9781400208203
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Love That Lasts: How We Discovered God's Better Way for Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh, I can't even fully comprehend the amazingness of this book right now. I sit here completely blown away. THANK YOU JEFF AND ALYSSA FOR YOUR HONESTY AND REALNESS!!!! Jeff and Alyssa basically open up their hearts and souls and show complete transparency of their lives and their relationship and then their marriage. I read this book in a few sessions, and HATED to put it down when I had to and only did out of complete necessity. I wanted it to continue when it ended. My heart was so deeply touched by several of the topics which I have encountered and also have gone through the difficult parts too. Marriage is definitely a commitment for life. Jeff said in one paragraph, " But to end a marriage because you're not in love anymore is like selling your car because you ran out of gas. You don't sell it, you fill it back up. You take care of it. You take it in for maintenance and check-ups." What a profound euphemism of what marriage really takes. There are so many days you don't feel the butterflies or even that you love the person, much less love them, but you both have to work for it. You need to keep Jesus in the center like these two did. I laughed and cried in this book. I laughed because it was SO real in some points that I won't mention for those who haven't read it yet, but then times I cried because something touched a dark place in my heart and I felt pain and could relate. The best and MOST IMPORTANT part is to keep God in the center of the marriage. The chapters about sex at the end are profound and really, really need to be taught to ALL new marrieds especially. Especially when we grew up in the era that sex was "bad." THANK YOU for letting me be part of this launch team. It was such an amazing honor. This book should be read by singles, daters, marrieds, and anyone who may someday be in a serious relationship. I highly recommend it!! Thank you again for this honor of reading this book. "I received an advanced copy from the publisher." DON'T LET THIS BOOK PASS YOU BY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just wow! As always I am blown away with the Bethke's views on Love, Dating, Marriage, and sex. But this book made me feel secure in the fact that I wasn't the only one who went through these struggles! I was able to connect with both writers and it was a very easy read! I have been married for 4 years and have a 3 year old daughter. So my favorite thing about the book was that they take the time to pray for each other! Even AFTER they are married. I learned that it's so important to keep our focus, expectations, and faith in Jesus Christ so that way we can fully enjoy the people/things that He has blessed us with. And in doing so, it takes the pressure off of our spouses, family and friends! With out Jesus, there is no way we can survive in this world. So I would definitely recommend this book to single, engaged, and married people who are maybe struggling. 5 STARS all the way!! I was blessed enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was one of the lucky ones chosen by the publisher for an advance reader copy. What can I say. Every word has you engaged and intrigued. I love the fact that they use humor as well in this book even though it is a serious book that will open up your eyes and make you realize what love is actually about. I love all the pre-translation words from the Bible and I love the fact that they explain everything in so much detail to you. It is such an easy read book and I felt as if they were in my living room speaking to just me and we had a blast! I will re-read this book over and over again because I love it that much! I am so thankful I got to be apart of this and I so love these authors! They are amazing! This book Rocks! It makes you Cry and laugh and sometimes even makes you cry and laugh together!
Rocky2210 More than 1 year ago
Greatest Book I have read in a long time!! This book was very easy to read and I just loved how open Alyssa and Jeff are about their lives. I could relate to so much of the rawness that was in the book, the good and bad. The book is was written for everyone, married, single, engaged, and dating. There is a little bit for everyone. I found advice that I could use in my marriage and while reading I had many "ah ha" moments. This book is wonderfully written, raw, and has beautiful bible verses that we could all relate to. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I put off reading this book for some time because I thought that, judging by some of the synopsis, I couldn't really get much from the book for myself. I have been married for over a decade now and didn't think anyone could tell me anything that I may not have already known about marriage. Once I finally got around to reading Love That Lasts, I knew just how very wrong I was - but not in the way I was expecting, which I will explain. Right off bat, I loved how very honest both Jefferson and his wife Alyssa are in their stories. Their candidness made the story feel that much more authentic and really brought their story to life. Their writing style is also very hilarious, which helps to keep my attention. What I thought was maybe just a simple book on marriage from a married couple ended up being much more. It is a story about marriage, but it's an authentic account of THEIR marriage and relationship. It also gives a refreshing and very welcomed Godly perspective on topics of a relationship from dating, sex, marriage, etc - and, most importantly, it allows you to draw inspirations and lessons from their story, instead of being told what you need to do, know, etc. I admit that I was very wrong in my assumption of this book but I am so very glad that I finally decided to give it a go. I could not recommend a book more than this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I resisted reading this book for quite a while (I was given an advanced copy and have had it for several months now) simply because I didn't feel I was in a place to read this book by the Bethke's and really take it in. I am so glad I waited because as I read Love that Lasts over the last few days, I was able to sit in the truth of their experiences and come to some of my own conclusions and understandings of what love is. I found this particular book to be really refreshing because both Jeff and Alyssa tell a story that isn't commonly heard in society, yet one we desperately all need to hear. I can't wait to read this book with my future spouse someday and to be able to talk about what our Love that Lasts will look like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I resisted reading this book for quite a while (I was given an advanced copy and have had it for several months now) simply because I didn't feel I was in a place to read this book by the Bethke's and really take it in. I am so glad I waited because as I read Love that Lasts over the last few days, I was able to sit in the truth of their experiences and come to some of my own conclusions and understandings of what love is. I found this particular book to be really refreshing because both Jeff and Alyssa tell a story that isn't commonly heard in society, yet one we desperately all need to hear. I can't wait to read this book with my future spouse someday and to be able to talk about what our Love that Lasts will look like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has the potential to change the thinking of the younger generations in how they look at love! This was a phenomenally written book, giving insight into relationships in the 21st century and how to 'unlearn' what our culture and even our churches are feeding us when it comes to love, marriage, sex, etc. This is a book that I will make each of my children read before they start dating, when they get to that age. It is a book that is great for everyone and anyone, regardless of what stage you are in in life...single, dating, engaged, newlyweds, been married 50 years....this book is for you! The way it was written with Jeff and Alyssa alternating chapters, made it feel like you were sitting in the same room while they told you their story! Their writing reached inside me and completely made me question most everything I had been taught, or thought I knew, about love. It turned me inside out and helped me make some needed realizations of where I needed to change my thinking and my understanding. I honestly can't recommend this book enough. I want to give it to every single person I know! I was lucky enough to be on the launch team for this amazing book, and received an advanced copy from the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First things first: I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. But this is far from a forced review; I actually REALLY enjoyed this book (so much so that I'm going to read it again with my wife, and bought additional copies for my friends and family). But let's get to the point: Relationships are a hot topic among my peers. So many people want a good and healthy relationship/marriage, yet there seem to be so few. For a myriad of reasons (in my opinion, at least), 'love' is something highly sought after, but seldom truly found. Jeff and Alyssa Bethke tackle this and more in their tag-team book, "Love That Lasts". And like Batman and Wonder Woman (Superman bores me), they pull no punches and (in my not-so-humble opinion) are worth your time. At the time of this review, my wife and I have been married for 226 days! So the Bethke's book came at a grand time! Jeff and Alyssa are astonishingly transparent and honest in "Love That Lasts"; divulging their individual stories, the ups and downs of their dating process, and their present struggles in marriage. But they do so in a way that bring about many thoughts of "so it's not just me" from the reader. The relatability of their book makes it extremely easy to read, but the wisdom they offer gives the reader much to consider; making the book that much more enjoyable and impacting. As stated before, I am recently married and am an eager sponge for good, Christ-centered marriage advice; and I get just that from the Bethkes. Personally, I relate more with Jeff's "prodigal son" background, so his chapters hit home for me the most. But Jeff clearly married Alyssa for a reason, because her chapters were equally as eye-opening and hard-hitting! The way they both dig beyond the superficial and into the heart of the topics of love, dating, marriage and sex make way for self-reflection and self-evaluation; things much-needed in our present culture. Jeff and Alyssa don't claim to have all of the answers (their humility is awesome), but they present what they can in hopes to positively impact whoever picks up their book. So whether you're newly married (like me), dating and thinking about marriage, single and desirous of a relationship, single and content, etc.; I'm certain you'll walk away with something after having read "Love That Lasts". I certainly did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been so blessed to have received an advanced copy of this book. I finished reading it and I can honestly say, I feel like there is something in this for everyone! Whether you're single, dating, engaged, married, etc. I feel like anyone can get something out of this. I love that it's in both, Jeff and Alyssa's, point of view. I had several "wow" or "oh... dang" moments while reading this book, which is great! A book should make you think. This brings a different, Godly, perspective on the topics of dating, sex, marriage, etc., that I think we all should consider. So many of us are looking for guidance, or maybe a Bible study, to lead us on this topic. While, you should definitely be going to God, who knows all and has all the answers we could possibly need, having a book like this is a great resource. I definitely recommend this to ANYONE. This book brings funny and serious elements as we draw lessons from Jeff and Alyssa and their experiences. If you're struggling with ANYTHING, I feel like this would be a really good read for you. While, it talks about dating and everything, it also touches on shame and guilt that the devil haunts us with and how to overcome it. I feel like this is a VERY important book for anyone who is in a relationship or wants to be in one. I wholeheartedly recommend this. God bless Jeff and Alyssa for sharing their experiences with us all! I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think I have ever read a book with more vulnerability and openness than this book. Jeff and Alyssa discuss everything-- the good and the bad of relationships and the evolution into marriages-- with real examples regarding their own relationship following God's path. If you like a book thats real and raw, I highly recommend this one. I loved it so much that I read it twice before posting a review because I wanted to give it the justice it deserves. It is truly amazing. I felt that Jeff and Alyssa were in my living room and we were having an intimate conversation the entire time I was reading it. I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher, and I'm so grateful that I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the amazing privilege to receive an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. Oh my gosh! While the book provided reassurance in areas that I have been struggling as well as loving guidance and direction for moving forward in a healthy relationship and marriage it is a must read for anyone no matter what stage of life you're in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing book! So raw. So real. So honest. It's so refreshing to see a couple talking about their real struggles and their life. Jeff goes in depth about his past and Alyssa was able to dig deep into her heart & tell us about her struggles & worries. It's both amazing and beautiful to see a couple from two completely different worlds fall in love & share with us what marriage really looks like after the vows are said. It does not matter if you are single, married or divorced, this book is for everyone. I'm 22 years old & I found myself relating to so many of the things they spoke about. They're so honest and open, It really felt like I was having coffee with them at my local coffee shop! I really can't say enough good things about this book. They have been working on this for years & there is no doubt in my mind that whoever picks it up, will not regret it. It is only to your benefit! I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love That Lasts is the best book I have read, by far, that addresses a wide variety of topics such as being single, love, dating, and marriage. As I soon as I started reading the book, I did not want to put it down! Jeff and Alyssa Bethke were so honest, vulnerable and authentic in their writing. As as a reader, I felt like I had front row seat to different challenges they faced throughout their journeys. I liked that the book addresses topics that are viewed as taboo in many churches such as different addictions people are faced with. There are so many aspects of the book that I found myself relating to. Parts of this book will make you want to laugh, while others may make you want to cry. This book is perfect for anyone who is single, dating and married. There is something in the book for everyone. There are so many lessons one can learn. God has definitely used this book to work in my heart and convicted me with areas I need to improve on in my marriage. This is a book I will come back to read over and over as there is so much for me to learn and apply to my life. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
ManskerD More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have been married for fourteen years, so I wasn't sure if I would really gain any marriage wisdom by reading Love That Lasts. Well, I was quickly proven wrong! Jeff and Alyssa write in such a way that you feel like old friends. They share their love story and what they have learned along the way with great vulnerability and honesty. They show that relationships are hard work,but they are worth it! Jeff and Alyssa both share their personal struggles and how God brought healing to them as individuals and as a couple. Their story and advice was encouraging and convicting. This is a great read for everyone, either single or in a relationship. Even after fourteen years of marriage, I learned a lot from Jeff and Alyssa. I was given an advanced copy by the publisher.
coffeeshaman More than 1 year ago
I have a lot of relationship and love wounds and I admit, I was a little afraid to read this book. When I got my advance copy from the publisher, I actually postponed digging into it, as I realized more and more that I clearly have some healing to do and is now the time for me to do that? And then, I ripped off the bandaid. I will be reading this again and suggesting it to possibly everyone I meet. It is an excellent book for everyone...not just the newly wed. As I read, I kept thinking, "Oh, I wish I had read this as a highschooler." This book would have been the perfect preventative medicine for me. Alyssa and Jefferson alternate writing chapters and this tactic is just perfect. With their bold honesty, you feel like you are getting insight to ALL sides of the story. It is wonderful. All of it will speak to you in a time of your life. You will learn something about yourself and how to move forward from where you are. I feel, more than anything, this book helped me open my eyes a little more and allowed me to start looking at some things differently, so that...maybe I am capable of considering a future relationship, should an opportunity arise. And this change of heart is really close to miraculous. Bottom line? If you love growing yourself, buy it. If you have been hurt, or feel too dirty, or ashamed, or too good, or misunderstood, or lost, or confused, or perfectly fine...buy the book, read it, underline stuff. AND...please, please, buy copies, many extra copies, to hand out to the young people in your life, to a couple you know, to that friend of yours that just doesn't understand why this keeps happening to her/him. This book should be read and shared and spread. And just have so much fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where do I start? Jeff & Alyssa poured it all out in the pages of this book. I was chosen to be on the Launch team, so received this book in PDF format (I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher) months before the release and as soon as I started reading I was not able to put it down. I read the entire book in about 6 hours over a span of just two days. I am in a very recent relationship, however pretty fast paced, as we are dating with the intent of marriage and have already had several conversations about marriage in just these short 2 & 1/2 months being together. I was able to apply and relate tremendously to Alyssa & Jeff both throughout the book. Each of their stories and upbringings/views of relationships at an early age combined with the wisdom they each carry now having been married for a few years was incredible to sit under and learn from. My boyfriend and I are fighting hard, trying our best everyday to do things the right way as far as setting boundaries and pursuing one another in a Godly way. This book brought out real issues like evaluating dating relationships, the importance of communication and having hard conversations and asking the hard questions, our culture versus what God's design is for relationships, pornography, etc. "Love That Lasts" made me think of relationships in a different light and allowed my boyfriend and I to sit down and have hard but life giving conversations that have brought us closer to the Lord, closer to each other, and allowed us to evaluate and put purpose/focus behind our relationship. This book is great for anyone in every phase of life. Whether you are single, dating, engaged, or married there is something within the pages of this book for YOU! The Bethke's are so wise and so real and so relatable.. they share such vulnerability in the pages of this book involving their struggles in singleness, in dating, in engagement, and even now as they are married and have a family. You will be so thankful you read this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 21 year old college student that was able to get a copy of this book as part of the launch team. From the start of this book I was crying because I felt like God was using it to speak right to me. I had a rough freshman year of college and had not recovered until I read this book. This spoke to me about my past relationships and God used Alyssa and Jeff to help me move from my past. My favorite quote from the book is "We are not identified by our pasts, but our pasts continue to affect us. They are part of our stories. Our outward appearance is not our identity. The truth is, we were each formed in God’s image and created with purpose and goodness and beauty. We reflect God. Our hope is in Him.” I have pre-ordered two books, one for me and one for my boyfriend. I have also told many friends that they need to read it when it comes out. This book is for singles, people in a new relationship, people in a long term relationship, married, divorced, widowed, I believe it is for everyone. Thank you, Jeff and Alyssa, this book has made me finally feel whole again. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love literally everything Jeff and Alyssa write! This book is funny and inspiring, insightful and humbling. It is a book for people in all walks of life, single, dating, engaged or married. I teach high school and I wish I could give a copy of this book to every girl in my classroom. These concepts and nuggets are so important. Jeff and Alyssa will have you laughing and then crying and feeling like you're all sitting in the coffee shop trading stories! I love the style of this book, I love the message of this book, I just love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book prior to it’s release because I was part of the authors’ launch team and I’ll say this: I don’t consider myself a reader - I get bored easily, distracted quickly, and there are many more things I’d rather do in my free time than read a book. But this book is EXCELLENT. Jeff and Alyssa do such a great job of engaging you as a reader, being open and vulnerable in sharing the stories and experiences they’ve had, and appealing to their readers, no matter what stage of life they’re in. This book isn’t only for those that are dating, engaged, or married. It’s also great for singles. And it’s not only about relationships but also touches on other struggles that can subsequently enter and negatively affect our marriages. It does sometimes, however, have some of those “cheesy Christian clichés” but I don’t think it affects the quality of the book. Would definitely recommend this to anyone, whether or not you enjoy reading!!
Larena Runnels More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I will read numerous times. This book is something that everyone can read. It doesn’t matter if you are single, dating, engaged, or married. I was able to relate to so much in this book. Both Jeff and Alyssa put their most vulnerable parts of their life in here. I received an advance copy of this book. I feel so blessed I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. The book gives advice in a more subtle storytelling way. Through the story of Jeff and Alyssa's relationship and experiences you learn some very Godly advice. The authors are very relatable, hilarious and open, that makes reading the book even that more enjoyable. This book is about dating, engagement, marriage, and sex. Even if you aren't in that period of your life it holds good advice on what is to come. Jeff and Alyssa are so open and vulnerable about their stories that it leads you to open up to yourself about where your heart is. This book is a must read for everyone. No matter if you are single, dating, engaged, newly married, or married for years I feel like there is advice in this book for anyone and everyone. "I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher."