Book Review

January, 2013 - Love at Last Sight Book Review 3 stars

 

Love at Last Sight

Love at Last Sight: Thirty Days to Grow and Deepen Your Closest Relationships

I originally thought Love at Last Sight was going to be a book on marriage. However, it turns out that it's a book that addresses ANY relationship you want to improve, whether with your spouse, your child, a family member, a friend...etc.
For that aspect I found it refreshing. There are very few books that address principles that will work with a variety of relationships.

The book is designed for you to read one chapter each day for the total period of a month. Each chapter starts out with a couple of interesting quotes and then explores an element of relationships with potential difficulties you might be having and ways of improving. There are all sorts of examples and quotes from movies & books that help to make principles relevant. At the end of each chapter is a challenge with several items to follow that will help you put what you learned in action. Here's an example of the end of chapter challenge from Day 12, "Crowded":

"1. Do you feel like your key relationships are being crowded out by your overloaded schedule? What can you cut out immediately to create space for your relationships to grow?
2. What would you do differently if you knew you had only one month to live?
3. Is it difficult for you to say no to people and opportunities that come your way? Practice saying no as a first response this week until you are sure the opportunity is a priority.
4. Can you think of something in your life over the past few weeks that was a holy interruption? Write it in your journal."

While this is a Christian book, it doesn't cram Bible verses into the chapters at every opportunity. Christian principles are discussed in context, often with a reference you can look up, if you want to. An example is the following:

"Did you know that anger is a God given emotion? The Bible tells us that it's possible to be angry and it not be wrong or sinful (see Ephesians 4:26)."

Nothing comes across as preachy, but rather very accessible, especially for new believers. I also think it would be a great book for teens. The tone of the book is very conversational. It feels like a friend is sitting with you giving gentle suggestions and admitting his/her own failings.

The problem I had with Love at Last Sight is that it's all pretty much basic common sense and while it covers a lot of material, I didn't feel that it dug deep as it's not specifically focused on any one type of relationship (so that turned out to be both a plus and a minus for the book!). Still, if you are having trouble with a relationship, it might just have that one idea or more that gently reminds you how YOU can do better and helps you get on the right track. :-) It would also be a helpful book on improving relationships that are already good/decent but you want to make better. I'm giving it 3 stars for the friendly, practical advice that was a bit fluffy and obvious for me, but might be really useful to someone else (especially an older teen or young adult with a bit less life experience).

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for my honest review

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