Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway Info: Playing Hurt: A Guy's Strategy for a Winning Marriage

About the book:
A marriage book that husbands will actually want to read!

Everyone admires people who play hurt, from the superstar athlete to the journeyman player who finishes the game even when hurt, sick, or falling apart. Everyone looks up to these athletes and wants to mimic their “never give up” attitude. Except when it comes to marriage. Most husbands are willing to take a bullet for their wives in a life-and-death situation; but when his bride fires the bullet--hurls an insult, disrespects him in public, ignores his foreplay in private--he’d rather throw in the towel than play through the pain.

Playing Hurt is a biblical playbook for marriage that speaks in the language most men understand—the language of sports. Using a sports analogy to explain the motivation, means, and methods of playing hurt, author Brian Goins shows men how to overcome the temptation to stay on the bench. Playing Hurt is more about inspiration than instruction. It’s about finding the motivation to stay in the game, despite the pain. It’s about becoming like the One who knew more about nails and thorns than any superstar athlete. Using Ephesians 5 as a biblical basis, this book will call husbands to be the heroes they long to be--men who play hurt in order to win at marriage.

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My thoughts:
Because this book was designed for men, my husband and I read this together.  At first, my husband was a bit hesitant, because he is not a sports guy, but he humored me and read it anyway  
♥♥♥.  We both found the the book to be realistic and humorous, but above all helpful.  We appreciated the honesty of the author as he shared what he was feeling on his wedding day (horny) and could easily relate to many of the stories he shared.  

This is a Christian self-help book, so there is definitely preaching involved, but it is not fire and brimstone preaching, but kind and realistic.  He takes you step by step to improve the way men look at their marriages and their wife.  Being LDS (Mormon), there were some doctrinal differences in what the author wrote and my beliefs, but they were truly minor.  Also, as we use the KJV of the Bible, the scriptures were a bit different.  All that aside, the message of the book is the same and can be easily understood by any Christian.  

About the author: 
Brian Goins is the author or editor of numerous study guides, workbooks, and Bible studies that he has developed for Insight for Living (Chuck Swindoll) and Walk Through the Bible. When he’s not traveling across the country as a Family Life Weekend to Remember speaker, he and his family reside in North Carolina.

About the Giveaway:

Help us spread the word and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com:

Kregel Publications is sponsoring a $50 Amazon.com Giveway to help promote the release of Playing Hurt. To enter all you have to do is send a tweet (using @litfuse) about Playing Hurt or share about it on Facebook!
If you tweet we'll capture your entry when you use @litfuse. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know (info@litfusegroup.com). Easy.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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