Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Awaken Love the Song by Kyle & Desirae Idleman

About the Author:
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, not a fan., and presenter of eight of City on a Hill’s curriculum series, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife DesiRae have four children.

My Review:
This book is a couple's devotional based on the Song of Solomon. There are 6 week devotionals (5 day readings for each week). The topics include: Deepening Desire, Increasing Intimacy, Fighting Fair, Rediscovering Romance, Cultivating Commitment, and Fostering Faith. The book aims to help awaken love in marriage by strengthening couples' relationship and encouraging deeper spiritual, physical, and emotional connection. Each devotional ends with "The Bridge" which suggests action steps and prayer points. This thin book is easy and enjoyable to read. The authors share from their own experiences with transparency, sense of humor, and Biblical insights. The authors challenge us readers to pay close attention to our two most important relationships--our relationship with God first and then the relationship with our spouse. I highly recommend this God-centered devotional to any couples who want to rekindle their love, romance, and connubial bliss. Great for dating or engaged couples, too! By the way, The Song is a full-length movie inspired by the Song of Solomon. You might want to also check that out :).

"Instead it (Song of Solomon) helps us understand that sexual intimacy is much more than a physical act. One Hebrew word for sex is literally translated, 'a mingling of the souls.'" (Week 2, Day 2)
"Intimacy grows as we nurture one another rather than simply taking selfishly. That requires saying it clearly and listening carefully...Intelligent romance is the way to go, my friends! Talk about it. Listen to each other. Then focus on pleasing one another rather than on personal pleasure, and you're going to like how it turns out." (Week 2, Day 4)
"We experience true intimacy when we give ourselves completely to our spouse. In doing so we put each other's needs ahead of our own...There is incredible sexual satisfaction in a marriage when two people are selflessly seeking to satisfy each other. That's how you increase intimacy. That's also how our marriages can model the love and grace of Jesus. We are never more like Him than when we serve selflessly and love completely." (Week 2, Day 5)
"Jesus is a source of life and love and adventure, a spring of living water that never runs dry." (Week 6, Day 1)

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  1. I saw this devotional on another blog post too. I have never thought to do a couple's devotional, what an awesome idea! If God isn't our number one, we can't be good to our number two, so why not seek him together. Going to check this out!

  2. This devotional sounds very interesting! Best marriage advice: to remember to make it a priority to pray with your spouse regularly.

  3. Best marriage advice: Keep dating each other a priority - stay best friends even during the crazy kid season :)

  4. Liked your Christ Alone FB page too... :)