Title: Real-life Romance: Inspiring Stories to Help You Believe in True Love

Author: Rhonda Stoppe

Publisher: Harvest House

Page Count: 240 Pages 

Publication Date: 6 February 2018

Genre: Christian, Faith, Non-Fiction

Everyone loves a good love story but these days, these seem few and far between. Readers, have you heard about that crazy statistic: 50 percent of marriages in America end up in divorce? According to this Psychology Today article, there’s little controversy about this number since data collection on this subject is quite challenging. But really, most (normal) people tend to think that marriages are forever.

Rhonda Stoppe attempts to re-ignite our hope in the “happy ever after” with real-life accounts that she has collected over the course of her ministry as a pastor’s wife as well as in her own right as an author and speaker. She does also include her own and her children’s stories.

She advocates for intentional relationships by asking the important questions and not simply floating through “situation-ships”. It will take a lot of leaning on God’s ways above over our own immediate desires will be our lifeline that leads you down the path He has planned for you. Her main message for the singles she says: … Let God write your love story. Ask Him to grant you this wisdom to discern the heart of a man who catches your attention”.  

This variety of heartwarming stories that will tug at your heartstrings from experiences from all shades. She does not neglect to share the trials they faced in committing to making their relationships work. Contrary to what some might believe, Rhonda strives to pass the message that being a Christian believer does not exempt one from everyday humanly problems such as addiction, co-dependency, terminal illness, grief and loss, age differences and family dysfunction. She offers hope and encourages both singles and couples to continue building their faith and themselves when romance is plenty and when it’s scarce.

My only issue with the book was that there was a lot more tell than show. This could be explained by the fact that the stories seem to have been collected interview style.  All in all,  this would be a great title to pick closer to Valentine’s Day when everybody will be seeing red. Hopefully, it will remind the reader that real-life romance is not only experienced during courtship and on their wedding day. It should be couple’s life commitment despite the curve balls that life throws at them.

Editor’s Note: This book and image were kindly provided by Harvest House Publishers via Netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

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