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Sunday, November 8, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together


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Jim and Cathy Burns, married for more than thirty years, tried almost every marriage devotional out there and couldn’t seem to find the time or discipline to continue them.


Determined to make spiritual intimacy and growth a vital part of their relationship while drawing closer together, they came up with a book that couples can work on at their leisure.

They challenge couples to start small and invest 30 minutes a week. The scriptures and devotionals are intentionally kept short, so that couples can read them together and then spend the rest of their time, discussing what they’ve read. Their personal experience and observation has been that couples who pray together daily and have a spiritual growth time once a week, do not end up divorced.

The devotionals in this book cover a wide variety of topics such as attitude, thoughts, jumping to conclusions, “thank therapy”, regrets, longevity in marriage and eternal perspective.


They also share one of their secrets for a successful marriage which is A.W.E. (affection, warmth and encouragement). Their marriage “to do list” includes 15 scripture references that help cultivate a healthy, thriving marriage. The last chapter of the book is “Learning to Apologize” and demonstrates the steps each couple should know, in order to offer a genuine apology.


This is a great book that every married couple should have in their library.



This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers

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