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224 pages
Jan 2009
B & H Publishing

The Love Dare

by Alex and Stephen Kendrick

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I've waited a long time to write a good review of a Christian movie, and here it is: I thought Fireproof was a great movie! Kirk Cameron, plays fireman Caleb Holt, whose marriage is on the rocks. The movie chronicles Holt's journey from hot-headed (no pun intended), porn-addicted husband on the verge of losing his wife to divorce and subsequent affair to a man transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ into a loving, selfless husband.

Alex Kendrick, co-writer and director, does a great job constructing a believable and riveting transformation of Caleb Holt. This is a vast improvement over the story-telling in Kendrick's very successful Facing the Giants. Cameron gives a truly great performance in the role of Caleb Holt. This is quite a departure in tone for Cameron who will forever be remembered for his "iconic" comedic role as Mike Seaver in TV's "Growing Pains."

The rest of the cast - primarily made up of Sherwood Baptist Church's drama team where both Kendrick brothers serve as pastors - give pedestrian but not horrific performances. Erin Bethea rises above the amateurish cast as Caleb's wife, Catherine.

This movie is a great ministry tool as a discussion starter for couples. I was even impressed by the Gospel presentation in the movie - very biblical, yet not trite. Finally a Christian movie that Christian's can recommend without embarrassment...and a Christian movie that has nothing to do with life on the prairie or the end times. Its phenomenal success, especially for an independent film, is a testimony to its broad appeal.

A key moment in the movie has Cameron’s character receiving a journal from his father called “The Love Dare.” This movie comes with a gift copy of the Love Dare. The Love Dare is a manual designed to encourage husbands to implement sacrificial love for a 40-day period. It read much like a devotional but with each comes a practical step for demonstrating an aspect of love.

The book itself comes in a nice leather-bound version with places to write thoughts after each day’s challenge. The overall content is good and features appropriate selected Scriptures on what it means to show love. However, I do have a concern that some may view the 40 day nature of the book as a quick fix to all marital problems. The Love Dare sure can help, but these are life-long principles that need to be demonstrated till death, not just for 40 days. I’m sure the authors would agree. – Todd Burgett,

Book Jacket:

The Love Dare, a New York Times #1 best seller, is now available in this deluxe simulated leather edition with scrollwork imprinting that resembles the book read by a separated firefighter in the hit film Fireproof. And like that character's experience, after writing about your own journey through the Love Dare, you will have a durable keepsake reminder of how you have grown forever closer to your spouse and to God.

Too many marriages end when someone says "I've fallen out of love with you" or "I don't love you anymore." The Love Dare discusses how these statements reveal a lack of understanding about the fundamental nature of true love.

The Love Dare is a 40-day guided devotional experience that will lead your heart back to truly loving your spouse while learning more about the design, nature, and source of true love. Each reading includes Scripture, a statement of principle, the day's "dare," and a journaling area and check box to chart progress. Dare to take The Love Dare, and see your marriage change forever.