Book Review ~ Love to Stay

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Falling in love is easy, but staying in love takes courage, hard work, and lots of grace.

In this book, Adam Hamilton explores how, with God’s help, we can make love last. Drawing upon a survey of thousands of couples and singles, interviews with relationship and marriage therapists, the latest research in the field, and wisdom from the Bible, Hamilton looks at what it takes to create and sustain healthy, meaningful romantic relationships across the course of a lifetime. Contents include: More Than a Piece of Paper; What She Wants; What He Wants; The Significance of Sexual Intimacy; Habits That Hurt, Habits That Heal; Clothe, Bear With, and Forgive; A Love That Lasts a Lifetime.


About the Author:


Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of Why? Making Sense of God’s Will24 Hours that Changed the World, The Journey, The Way, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press. Learn more about Hamilton at



I must admit to you that I was very hesitant to accept this review. I am Catholic and was very hesitant to read a book from an author of a different faith. The author is a senior pastor fro the United Methodist Church. But let me tell you this book will resonate REGARDLESS of your faith! This is a wonderful book… and I am VERY PLEASED to have had a chance to review the text!

Author Adam Hamilton has done much research in the compilation of his text…it is very biblical and practical at the same time. I wish I could give each of my blog readers a copy of this book because the information within its pages is very relevant to those who are in a relationship. I mean the title of the book says everything about the inner text… LOVE TO STAY: Sex, Grace, and Commitment.

The text goes through the good times and bad times of a relationship and gives little tidbits on how to help or strengthen a relationship. If your relationship is currently strong or currently faltering I think that this is a good read. The author gives many different aspects of a relationship…ANYONE can benefit from his words and findings.

Each of the chapters resonates with a part of a relationship that each person deals with and sometimes struggles with…for example chapter 2 “what she wants, what he wants” … this chapter delineates what men and women of different ages want in a mate and a relationship. To tell you the truth I never thought that what people want would be broken down into age categories… but it makes sense! This chapter is very relevant for everyone it even includes honest answers from real people.


Perhaps that is what I enjoyed the most from the book is that its pages are laden with thoughts and comments from people that the author surveyed …it is not just random thoughts that the author was thinking but real people based!


My favorite chapter is the very last portion of the book… Appendix B: Advice from Couples Married 50+ years. I think this is a great addendum to the book. I always LOVE to read what couples have to say that have made it so long in a relationship!

This is definitely a book that everyone in a committed relationship should read. I enjoyed reading the text and hope you will too.

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  1. I need to read this as it suits my life right now!

  2. Marcie W. says:

    I feel every couple could benefit from some solid relationship advice. There is always room for improvement.

  3. Angela says:

    I’m not in a relationship at the moment, but it might be a future read for me.

  4. Sounds like a solid book. Even good marriages aren’t always a cake walk.

  5. I haven’t read many spiritual books so this would be a new one for me but it sounds like it would be an interesting read.

  6. Kira says:

    I’m a fan of Joel Osteen, but I might give this one a try.

  7. Rachel says:

    I had no idea you were Catholic. Why out the entire post that is the one thing that stuck out to me, I have no idea. lol

    I also love reading advice from people who have been married for a long time. It is always great advice and sometimes even a little funny.

  8. Professor says:

    Rachel ~ Yes… this is Magen…aka “Professor” …I am Catholic…I believe Theresa who is the main writer and owner of this blog is of a different Christian denomination but I myself am Catholic…not that it matters anyway…but on matters of spirituality I tend to want to stay within my faith as not to stray from Dogma…but this was a great read!

  9. courtney says:

    Sounds like a great read – I wish I had more time for books

  10. Mellisa says:

    You always have the best book reviews. Thanks for sharing.

  11. The nice thing about reading books from different faiths is the ability to see that a lot of us do have some common ground in what we believe. This sounds like a wonderful read on relationships!

  12. Amber K says:

    This sounds like a book I could really benefit from reading right now

  13. I love hearing about helpful books

  14. Emily says:

    I’ll have to ask my mom about that church – she is a Methodist pastor too… but I’ve not heard of that one.

  15. Lolo says:

    I like how it is real people based!

  16. Jenn says:

    Sounds like a great book. I’ve never seen a marriage book broken down by age group. Interesting!

  17. HilLesha says:

    My faith leans more toward Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs, but I LOVE Joyce Meyer. I’d also probably love reading this book, too. :)

  18. Lisa says:

    Sounds like a great book we’ll have to check out.

  19. I would love to see what the married couples 50 years plus have to say!

  20. Stefanie says:

    Sounds interesting…especially the chapter with couples married 50+ years.

  21. Colleen says:

    This sounds like it would be interesting to read and get some good ideas.

  22. I like the influence of real people too, he was smart to do that!

  23. Sounds very interesting, so I’ll definitely have to check it out soon!

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