Publisher: Zondervan (April 2, 2019)
Print Length: 240 pages
Audiobook Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
Narrator: Jeremy Roloff, Audrey Roloff
As Jeremy and Audrey write, if you can fall into love, you can fall out. True love is something you choose to live out each day through your actions, decisions, and sacrifices. To find and still seek, now that is love. From the moment you meet your potential spouse, you can be intentional about shaping a beautiful love story, uniquely written for who God created you both to be. Whether you’re single and searching, in a serious dating relationship, or desiring to love your spouse better, Jeremy and Audrey equip you to pursue an intentional, creative, and faithful love story by sharing theirs.
The journey to their wedding day was the culmination of a bumpy and complicated dating relationship. From health problems, to emotional walls, to being separated by one thousand miles, the couple faced daunting obstacles. But their unique approach to dating empowered them to write an uncommon love story and prepared them for married life. Because as beautiful as their wedding was, the Roloffs made a point to prepare more for their marriage than their wedding day.
Told through both Jeremy’s and Audrey’s voices, A Love Letter Life tells a passionate and persevering story of relatable struggles, hard-learned lessons, practical tips, and devout commitment. In these pages, they encourage you to stop settling for convenient relationships, offer perspective on male and female differences in dating, tackle tough topics like purity, give their nine rules for fighting well, suggest fun ideas for connection in a world of technology, and provide fresh advice on how to intentionally pursue a love story that never ends.
I’ll start off this review by saying, the main reason I picked up A Love Letter Life is because of my love for TLC’s ‘Little People, Big World.’ When Jeremy and Audrey announced that their family, which now includes their daughter, Ember, would be stepping away from the reality show, I was gutted. The reason I have been turning into the show year after year is to see how Matt and Amy’s children have grown and evolved from childhood to adulthood. So to say I was excited that the couple had decided to foray into the world of writing would be a gross understatement.
What I enjoyed about A Love Letter Life is its message. As a newlywed myself, it was nice to see another young couple who had started as nothing more than friends, had their friendship evolve to romance, and had to navigate through trials and tribulations in their first five years of marriage that led them to outlining what they thought were the keys to a successful relationship.
I think, however, the reason I didn’t fully connect with A Love Letter Life stems from the fact that the Roloffs and I are on the complete opposite sides of the spectrum as far as religion is concerned. While the majority of marital advice in the book can be put into practice with any couple, given that the core message is constant and diligent communication is key for any successful relationship, I did find myself flabbergasted at their views on purity, pornography, and patriarchy as it connected with their practice of Christianity. While I try to live my life based on the principle of acceptance, I couldn’t help but scoff at certain passages, which in turn made me reflect on just how accepting I am of others.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively. Date Intentionally. Love Faithfully. by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff. Have any non-fiction recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.