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Recently, I was offered the opportunity by the publishing house, Crosslink”, to review the book Love Lock: Creating Lasting Connections with the One You Love by Rich Rollins, D.Min. and Marty Trammel, Ph.D. As a ministry leader with a focus on resources to strengthen marriages, I was anxious to check it out.
About the Authors
The authors have each written several books about the Christian faith and relationships and each have an impressive resume of credentials in these areas.
Rich Rollins, D.Min. is the co-author of Redeeming Relationships (featured on Family Life with Dennis Rainey) and Spiritual Fitness. Rich has served as the Executive Pastor of Valley Bible Church and written for Focus on the Family and Truth for Today. Married more than fifty-five years, he understands what makes a Christian marriage work.
Marty Trammell, PhD. is the co-author of Redeeming Relationships and Spiritual Fitness. He has written for several publishing houses and serves at Corban University and Valley Baptist Church. He is nicknamed “Dr. Love” by his students and colleagues.
Love Lock: Creating Lasting Connections with the One You Love
The book is immediately eye-catching with a bold red, black and white cover. It’s short enough to keep your attention, yet long enough to cover the material well.
Here’s the publisher’s description of Love Lock:
“In our socially networked but disconnected age, we find ourselves longing for deeper, more intimate connection.
Love Lock, Creating Lasting Connections with the One You Love is the perfect read for couples who want more – an essential read for those who want the closeness back.
We were created for connection, yet many marriages are coming apart as couples “unfriend” each other long before the feelings fade.
Love Lock couples are looking for ways to connect beyond what they allow people to see on social media. They care about friendship over filters, love over “likes.”
Reading the relatable stories and using the easy and engaging exercises in Love Lock, couples can discover or rediscover the intimate connection God intended.”
The eighteen chapters cover everything from Cherishing Differences to Promoting Partnerships and from Dealing with Damaged Trust to Contentment’s Kiss about promoting peace and rest in your marriage.
Each of the chapters includes a narrative about the topic and a “Love Lock” box which includes a few suggestions for living out the chapter’s premise. For example, in the chapter “The Magic in a Kiss”, the love lock recommendations include:
- Purchasing a small gift such as a card, flowers or their favorite snacks
- Visiting your spouse where they work or hang out
- Leaving your gifts in a prominent location
- Sending a text message that says “I love to love you out loud, because you are a person whose character excites me! I left a surprise in your lunch room today”
Now, I mean, who wouldn’t love that kind of surprise?
Some chapters include a short personal story or advice from real couples. These stories help relate the chapter’s topics to real life and real marriage.
Biblically sound and replete with relevant scripture throughout, Love Lock provides sound advice for couples to connect and keep their marriages strong.
This book is good for newlywed and those who have celebrated decades of marriage. It is fitting for those who struggle with connection as well as those whose marriages are thriving.
In an age where so many of us are tethered to our phones, tablets and computers and miss the opportunities to connect with our spouses, Love Lock offers practical solutions based on biblical principles.
Although I reviewed the book for this post, I’m anxious to go through it again – this time with my husband. While we have a strong marriage and connection and communicate regularly and effectively, the topics in the book allow for deep and meaningful discussion, which all couples can benefit from.
I highly recommend this book for couples of all stages of life and marriage.
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