It's one of those rare times that I get to share a back to back review and giveaway with you. With some unexpected travel plans back home to middle Tennessee, I'm posting this one a few days early so that I don't overlook it in the shuffle. The reason I don't want to overlook it is because it's FANTASTIC!
I've been a "fan" of Kyle Idleman for quite awhile, especially since "Not a Fan". If you've been around my blog for very long or know me in person, you will know that something I'm quite passionate about is MARRIAGE. I'm passionate about God given and God driven marriages that are thriving not just merely surviving! This newest review is a fantastic combination---a great author/pastor "speaking" about marriage.
What excites me about this review/give-a-way is that when I was offered the opportunity to review, Kevin and I were already actively participating in a study using these materials! I didn't *need* to say yes just so I could receive the product, I already owned it. I felt so strongly about how much of an impact it could have on someone's marriage that I wanted to participate so I could offer someone else the opportunity to read this incredible devotional written by Kyle and his wife Desirae.
Back in September, Kev and I went to see the movie that this devotional is based on, "The Song", and then last month we watched the recordings online of the sermons that Kyle and Dave Stone presented at Southeast Christian Church. We've also been spending time for several date nights going through this actual six week long devotional and watching the DVDs that go along with it (DVD can be purchased separately, not included in this particular giveaway).
The Song is an incredible marriage resource based on Song of Solomon. It's designed to help you "awaken" love---and it can do just that. The book itself is very short (only 86 pages), but it is packed full of great insights, prayers, and even some suggestions of things to do or talk about to help encourage you along the road of marriage. What my husband and I both appreciate about Kyle is his style---he infuses humor and "real life" smack dab in the middle of the deep stuff. He's not intimidating and is REAL (which I think might encourage more husbands to participate in a devotional---since many might be hesitant). He doesn't come across as a "stiff" preacher. I think that is what has drawn us to many of his other books as well. It's much easier to "take" the toe stepping on and the conviction that might come from places we need to change when it's coming from someone that comes across as a normal guy! If your spouse isn't a big reader---no worries! The reading itself is very short and can be done in just a few short minutes. Practical and not intimidating, but so powerful.
I know that one particular activity suggestion in the first section really melted my heart when my husband unexpectedly actually followed through with it in a unique way. We were encouraged to write out character traits that coincided with our spouses name. I admit---and so does Kyle---that it was actually cheesy. Honestly, we skipped this part. Well, at least I did at the time. I woke up a few mornings later, having actually forgotten about the "assignment", with my mirror covered in dry erase marker with my name and the characteristics that coincided with each letter. It was DEEP, thoughtful, FUNNY, encouraging and just a HUGE blessing to me to see what he had written!
Obviously, you get more out of something of this nature if you are willing to put in the effort and focus. This is one that is worth doing the homework! :)
To enter the give-a-way of one copy of the devotional book, just comment below. How about telling me how long you've been married? Or just simply comment. Entries will close on December 3. (Be sure I have an email to contact you if you are the winner chosen at random at the end of the give-a-way!).
(Also not too late to enter the give-a-way for Small Talk HERE that ends on December 1.)
The Song: Awaken Love
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.
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