Friday, April 15, 2011

Blogging For Books Book Review: Love at Last Sight

Recently, I read Love at Last sight: 30 Days to Grow and Deepen Your Closest Relationships, and I must admit that I was a little put off.

This book has 4 sections (weekly sections) and a challenge at the end of each day to complete. The sections include Week 1: The Art of Being All There, Week 2: The Art of Acting Intentionally, Week 3: The Art of Risking Awkwardness and Week 4: The Art of Letting Go. These sections are geared to help the reader grow a better friendship in the midst of struggle or during a time of a “rut” to a point where you will love the person more the very last time you see them than the time before. While I found much of the information helpful, it tended to be geared towards either marriages or friendships or parent-child relationships. It was hard to find a nice middle ground that wasn’t too geared towards one thing or another. Then, the authors used narratives to explain the point, but it became a little too cliché. I also felt like the authors think that every single person out there is deeply pained, filled with grief and sorrow, and it's impossible to be truly happy.

I went into it thinking it was a book about marriage. Then I realized that it’s a book about any relationship you wanted to work on…which was fine. Just not what I was expecting. Then, I got into reading the book and was surprised to find myself not liking in one minute, then liking it the next. I couldn’t decide if the book was meant as a marriage tool or a friendship tool; not that marriage isn’t a friendship. At best, I would say the book was luke-warm. Not enough of a good book for me to tell everyone about it, but not so terrible as to steer people away from it either. My opinion is that the authors could have put a little more time and thought into making it a bit more cohesive…or at least give it a better flow.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not paid for my review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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