In the past 20 or so years, there has been an upsurge in the volume of Bible studies and marriage conferences available for couples. In a time where divorce is common among Christians, couples need to make a commitment to each other and spend time together in the Word of God.
“Fireproof”, a major motion picture produced by Sherwood Pictures, a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, inspired “The Love Dare” written by Michael Catt, Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick. This marriage-centered Bible study contains eight small group lessons based around one or more clips from the movie and utilizes activities that create community and provides opportunities to dialogue about real life in real marriage, explore and apply God’s Word and invites participants into a risky yet redemptive journey.
Michael Catt is the Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and is founder of ReFRESH Conferences focusing on revival and the victorious Christian life. Stephen Kendrick is the Senior Associate Pastor/Preaching Assistant to Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and Alex Kendrick is Associate Pastor/Sherwood Pictures.
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, President of Love and Respect Ministries, travels the country conducting Love and Respect marriage conferences. His book, “Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs” is based on Ephesians 5:33–“But every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands.” He contends that communication is difficult between husbands and wives because of the different ways they perceive love. Women need uncondtional love and men need unconditional respect. In August, 2010, he will have a new book published, “Love and Respect For a Lifetime: Women Absolutely Need Love, Men Absolutely Need Respect.” The secret to a happy marriage, says Eggerichs, is unconditional respect for him and unlimited love for her. He will help couples achieve a deeper level of intimacy by stopping the cycle of conflict, initiating energizing change and enjoying renewed passion. His books and studies are based on over thirty years of counseling and scientific and biblical research.
“Love and War: Finding the Marriage You’ve Dreamed Of” by John and Stasi Eldredge encourages couples to fight for one another and not with each other. Alternating chapters between the male and female perspectives, the Eldredges show that it is in the context of marriage that God chooses to heal and transform you into His image. John and Stasi have been married for over 25 years. John is the founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries and Stasi leads the women’s ministry of Ransomed Heart and mentors women in embracing their identity as the Beloved of God.
More information and books can be purchased at Christianbook.com or by visiting your local Christian bookstore.