Husband and wife team, Pastor Kerry Shook and his wife, Chris, draw us gently into this question with their new book, Love at Last Sight: Thirty Days to Grow and Deepen Your Closest Relationships. Written in a 30-day devotional style, the Shooks challenge us to take our most intimate relationships beyond "keystrokes and mouse clicks." In fact, they even encourage the reader to invest in a notebook in which to journal the challenges they give at the end of each daily reading.
One of the main things I appreciate about this book is the authors do not approach this delicate subject from a "poor me, nobody loves me" angle like so many feel-good, psychology-laden offerings I've read before. The responsibility is placed exactly where it belongs: on the shoulders of the reader.
We all want to matter. The art of being all there starts with the unselfish act of taking what we ourselves long for and realizing that others want the same thing from us.1
Even when the other person has caused the problem in a relationship, we still have a choice to act on our feelings or our commitments.2This is such good advice! Truly, the chapters on "Letting Go" are worth the cost of the book itself and could actually save a lot of money on going to a counselor. Take this 30-day challenge to find "Love at Last Sight" and experience the deep relationships you will never regret when you see your loved ones for the last time on this earth.
1Kelly and Christ Shook, Love at Last Sight: Thirty Days to Grow and Deepen Your Closest Relationships (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Multnomah, 2010), 29.
Though a free copy of this book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for review purposes, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.