Book review

Couples Who Pray
The Most Intimate Act Between a Man and a Woman
by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt

A book-lover and husband-lover, my idea of time well-spent is reading a good book that builds marriage. So I was optimistic about Couples Who Pray, but disappointed after a few pages.

I agree with the premise of the book, I’m just not sold on the book itself.

Writing style is humorous and conversational, divided into quick-read short sections, using a he said/she said style that reads more like a script than a book. While this style engages many people, it bores me fast. I’m more fascinated with solid points that are well-developed across a chapter and thoughtfully articulated with well-chosen words.

Content is bothersome. It starts with a list of praying together’s results: first is better sex. While this is valid, to me, putting it on top of the list (and touting it significantly throughout) signals mixed-up priorities. The rest of the book showcases too much couples’ testimonies and too little Scripture and insight.

The subtitle is equally worrisome: prayer is the most intimate act between a man and a woman? But prayer, even when we do it together, is between man and God–a point sorely overlooked in the book.

The core of Couples Who Pray is to get you take on the challenge to pray together 5 minutes a day for 40 days, but it provides little, if any, guidance for it.

Couples who truly want to experience the power of prayer in their marriage will not need to be set back by this book–all they need is to start today.