Have you seen the movie Fireproof yet? I haven’t but I have read great reviews of it. Kirk Cameron is in the movie. I was especially impressed with an interview of Kirk Cameron, when he said he wouldn’t kiss any other woman then his wife when they asked him to do a kissing scene. They accommodated him by shooting the kissing scenes in a silhouette and his wife stood in for the actress playing his wife, so he could stay true to his vow of only kissing her. I know he was made fun of for that around the Internet, but personally I am standing up and shouting ” Way to Go!” Maybe if everyone in Hollywood followed his example, there wouldn’t be such an incredibly high divorce rate. We all know one of the most famous examples of a married actor falling in love with his co-star after kissing her on a movie set. I am excited I received a couple copies of the book that was inspired by the movie, The Love Dare. My husband and I are planning on going through it together and completing the love dares. It looks like a wonderful way to connect with your partner, learn Bible verses together and remember to keep God at the center of your marriage. I am looking forward to it and I will give you updates. You can read the summary about the book below and if you think it is something you would enjoy doing with your spouse, you can go to my contest page to enter to win a copy!
Summary of Fireproof
At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) lives by the old firefighters adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules. Growing up, Catherine Holt (Erin Bethea) always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter…just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being “good enough” for her husband. Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.
As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father’s sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challengesare tied into his parents’ new found faith, his already limited interest is further dampened. While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, “How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?” When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God’s help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife. But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever…rescuing his wife’s heart. View the trailer here.
Summary of The Love Dare
B & H Publishing Group (a division of LifeWay) decided to publish The Love Dare and that LifeWay Church Resources will be publishing a small group curriculum in early 2009 that will be out the same time the Fireproof DVD will release.
*The Love Dare was written by Steven and Alex Kendrick. Here are the basics …”The Love Dareis 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.”In the introduction to The Love Dare, the authors lay out the three elements of each chapter.
First, a unique aspect of love will be discussed. Read each of these carefully and be open to a new understanding of what it means to genuinely love someone.
Second, you will be given a specific dare to do for your spouse. Some will be easy and some very challenging. But take each dare seriously, and be creative and courageous enough to attempt it. Don’t be discouraged if outside situations prevent you from accomplishing a specific dare. Just pick back up as soon as you can and proceed with the journey.
Last, you will be given journal space to log what you are learning and doing and how your spouse is responding. It is important that you take advantage of this space to capture what is happening to both you and your mate along the way. These notes will record your progress and should become priceless to you in the future. (*copied from a Pastor’s Blog)