Can a new Christian book by a pair of brother filmmakers help to save marriages in America? The Kendrick brothers announced Thursday the release of The Love Dare Day by Day, a devotional guide for couples.
The Georgia brothers Alex and Stephen who sparked the independent Christian movement with their films Flywheel (2003), Facing the Giants (2006), Fireproof (2008), and Courageous (2011), have been on a bit of a hiatus from the movie-making business over the last year and a half. They've been busy helping to build the new emerging industry and network of independent Christian filmmakers around the country while restructuring their own operation—transitioning from making their films through their church to doing it through a new studio. But they've also been busy writing books that spin off the themes of their films. Most of their films involve messages about husbands and/or fathers turning their hearts back to their families as they begin to seek God.
The Love Dare Day by Day is the latest in a series of books the two brothers have written that take the message and themes of one of their films and turns it into a devotional and guidebook that seeks to apply Christian principles to life the same way their characters do in their films.
A headline for an article from The Guardian newspaper recently read: “Traditional Marriage Is Dead. Let’s Celebrate.”
"From every quarter, and often from within," said Alex, "marriages are under attack. The Love Dare Day by Day is a simple yet profound, practical guide for strengthening marriage through the power of sacrificial love."
The Love Dare Day by Day is based upon the love dare that Kirk Cameron's character takes to save his marriage from ruin in the film Fireproof. A study on first marriages published by the National Health Statistics Report showed that 68 percent of women live with their partner prior to marriage. At the same time, more than 50 percent of their first marriages will end in divorce or separation within 20 years.
"Our marriages reveal our need to grow and deal with our own issues and selfishness,” Stephen Kendrick said. “But if we are teachable, we can learn the single most important lesson in life—to love. One powerful union, our marriage, invites us to learn to love another imperfect person unconditionally. It’s wonderful, it’s difficult and it’s life-changing.”
Alex and Stephen's first book to spin-off one of their films was simply The Love Dare, and it has sold nearly 6 million copies around the world. In addition to being filmmakers, fathers, and husbands themselves, Alex and Stephen serve as pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia—where they first started making films as a local ministry. Their success story as filmmakers has inspired a whole new generation of emerging independent Christian filmmakers around the nation, and now they pray their message will inspire a new generation of couples and families.
“You’re about to learn more about yourself and your marriage [in the book]—some of it encouraging, some convicting,” Alex Kendrick said. “In either case, you gain a new view of where you are with your marriage and with God.”