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Loving the Love of Your Life by Mark Gilroy

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Loving the Love of Your Life by Mark Gilroy

Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff

"This book is such a great resource, and honestly, it’s something that could seriously spice up a marriage that maybe just needs a little boost."

Marriage is a beautiful ordinance, instituted by God. Marriage is also a huge responsibility, a very big commitment, and a lot of work. Sometimes a married couple has to really work at keeping their marriage fresh, upbeat, and new. That’s what Loving the Love of Your Life is all about. The main role of this book is to give the wife or the husband 30 Ways to Show Him/Her How Much You Care! This book happens to be a flip book, which both the husband and wife can use, alternating turns with it.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book when I got it. One side of the book is for her eyes only, and one side is for his eyes only. I will be honest here and say that I read more of Her side than His, just because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. With each side there is an introduction, which explains the main premise and how the process will work. As you go through the book, you’re supposed to take turns with your husband, as there are things to do, activities to do, for your husband/wife. In each new section or with each new activity, there is a “Know It” section, a “Show It” section, and a “Pass It On” section. I love what my introduction had to say: Love must be nurtured if it’s going to thrive and grow---every single day. Because love isn’t really a feeling as much as a practice. And by practicing love, you enable the love-feelings to grow deeper. Along the way, mutual trust and respect are built up; resentments crumble and give way to forgiveness: and a climate of love and appreciation begin to form---all markers of a happy and stable marriage. That is so true in marriage, and this book just gives a little oomph to any marriage, in my opinion.

Filled with activities for both the husband and wife to do, there’s serious and sometimes silly activities. Some examples are just listening to your husband, recreating a favorite date, praying for your husband, a picnic, etc. There are quotes and verses throughout the book. At the end of both the His/Her sections, there’s a Meet in the Middle game. This book is such a great resource, and honestly, it’s something that could seriously spice up a marriage that maybe just needs a little boost.

Melissa Lockcuff: Mel is a homeschooling mom who never tires of reading with her two adventurous little boys. After working as a nurse and a teacher, she realized where her personal priorities truly lay, and she made the decision to stay home with her boys. Mel has since found a true passion for writing. Right now, she writes articles and short pieces, and she is also learning how to write literature for children. She loves all things blogging, and her personal blog, Real Heart Prints, has topics like motherhood; homeschooling; recipes; devotionals; crafting; reviews on books, movies, and other products; giveaways; and all things home and garden; etc. She currently writes reviews with the TOS Crew, and she has also partnered with a friend and fellow writer to form MamaBuzz, where she enjoys writing reviews for children's products and ministering/writing to women through that venue. She has started work on her first book, which she hopes to finish within the next few months.