Is it possible to be more in love with someone the last time you see them, rather than the first time? Kerry and Chris Shook think so. These two authored One Month to Live, and they’ve just released their new book Love at Last Sight:30 Days to Grow and Deepen Your Closest Relationships. This isn’t just a book about marriages. Rather, the Shooks encourage readers to choose three important relationships to focus on and create a “love at last sight” lifestyle.
Using Biblical truth and practical application, the Shooks reveal that most of us enter into relationships with an “upside-down” mindset. Love at Last Sight challenges readers to stop expecting a perfect, fulfilling selfless love from others and a magical, easy relationship, and instead dares readers to love their spouse, friends, children and parents just as they are. The principles laid out are just as relevant to a teenager as they are to a couple that has been married for 50 years.
Love at Lat Sight reads like a 30-day devotional, with daily challenges that encourage the reader to take action in order to deepen their relationships. Here’s some of the wisdom that stuck with me:
- “Each of my relationships has the potential to be better the next time we’re together than it was the previous time so that the last time we see each other on this earth we’re closer than ever before.”
- “In the end, you don’t hold your commitments; your commitments hold you.”
- “Faith is forged in the place of in-between, because in the quiet waiting rooms of life, we can sometimes hear his voice best.”
- “God not only gives you the desire to risk loving; he will also give you the power to love.”
- “Even the best relationships have rough edges, difficult moments, and embarrassing confessions.”
- “It takes a commitment to risk, a willingness to be uncomfortable at times, and real action if you want to see a transformation…”
- “…in relationships we all tend to give what we wish we could get.”
- “I’m not suggesting this is easy, but understand that revealing is healing. Revealing your heart is the first step to living from your heart.”
- “Love at last sight says that our feelings were never meant to be the engine of our lives.”
- “Even when the other person has caused the problem in the relationship, we still have the choice to act on our feelings or our commitments.”
- “We seek to control because otherwise we are scared we won’t measure up or be accepted.”