Author(s): Kerry & Chris Shook

Publisher: WaterBrook Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4000-7380-1

 

Life would be so much easier if it truly operated under the Hollywood illusions that true love comes with a single glance, that true friendships are effortless, that blood ties are impermeable. Humans are hardwired for connection and community, yet many continue to find their relationships feel empty and unsatisfying.  The truth is starting a relationship is easy, but keeping is going is hard.  More difficult still is building a strong, healthy relationship with deep roots that can withstand the trials and tribulations of life.

Love at Last Sight challenges individuals to improve their closest relationships by putting in the effort to truly build and maintain strong ties.  Kerry and Chris, married for more than 25 years and parents of 4 children, put many of the most common problems in perspective and guide readers through a month-long plan to becoming the best spouse, family member, or friend they can.  Each of the 4 weeks presents a broad theme or focus, with readings each day that work to improve skills within that theme.  At the end of each chapter, challenges are presented for readers to write about and reflect upon.

The book itself is easy to read and provides simple, straightforward advice.  30 days is a realistic time-frame, allowing plenty of time for change to truly evolve rather than expecting an overnight miracle.  Each of the days presents goals that are achievable rather than overwhelming, and the advice given by the couple is very thought-provoking.  The benefits of consciously trying to better oneself as part of a relationship are enormous. That being said, it is important to keep in mind that an individual IS only part of a relationship, and a truly deep relationship requires effort and dedication from both people.  The repetition of advice may benefit the reader, but if both parties are not reading the same advice and are not trying to strengthen the relationship, the chances of success are considerably slimmed.  Success is relative, and while some may argue that even the smallest effort helps, ultimately it comes down to individual expectations and levels of acceptance.

Overall, I feel that Love at Last Sight is a great starting place to begin improving relationships, but it is important to keep in mind that every relationship will be different.  Continually practicing the skills necessary to improve the 4 areas of communication this book focuses on guarantee an improvement in all life relationships–from family to friend, spouse to business partner.  Imagine how different society would be if everyone took the time to truly be in the moment and act with intention and purpose without fear of ridicule or judgment.

**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
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