Couples Who Pray Review

Couples Who Pray, by author SQuire Rushnell and his wife, entertainer Louise DuArt is a straight talk book, encouraging couples to practice 5 minutes of joint prayer for 40 days.  Researchers from Baylor University have helped study the outcomes of the 40 Day Prayer Challenge and have created tools to help couples complete their journey.  I love the idea of the book.  How can anyone go wrong with this goal in mind and commitment in hand?  I really don't believe you can.

In the spirit of honesty, however, I have to say this is not a book I would personally recommend.  Because both the author and his wife have been divorced, from the first chapter divorce is normalized.  Not idealized, but normalized.  Also, while the book touts the "real" couples who were involved in the test run of the 40 Day Prayer Challenge, the biographies of each couple reads just like a resume.  The majority of families are duel career.  In many of the biographies, children were not mentioned and when they were, it was never the life's work.   I was disheartened again and again when a better sex life was touted before better communication as an advantage of couple prayers.  I realize that this is our modern mainstream culture, but as Christians we are not called to conform to pop culture, but to transform (or perhaps, transcend) it.

Interestingly, I think 40 days of praying with our spouses could go a long ways towards doing just that.

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