Book Review: The Heart of Marriage edited by Dawn Camp, Foreword by Edie Wadsworth

"Contrary to how easy it is to dissolve this till-death-do-us-part union, marriage was never meant to be disposable." (18)

Title:  The Heart of Marriage
Editor: Dawn Camp
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  February 14, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Non-Fiction 

The best marriages are not perfect. Marriage is about walking together through all of life's ups and downs, its challenges and triumphs. And no relationship offers more chances for personal and spiritual growth, love and support, and just plain fun.

Collecting true stories from some of today's best writers, Dawn Camp invites you to reflect on the heart of marriage. With beautiful photographs and poignant prose, this collection is perfect for the good days, the hard days, and all the days in between.

With stories from
· Crystal Paine· Lisa-Jo Baker· Alexandra Kuykendall· Holley Gerth· Shaunti Feldhahn· Renee Swope· Richard Paul Evans· Kristen Welch· Mo Isom· and many more

"...marriage was never meant to be disposable." Right it is. When I first heard about The Heart of Marriage, I was enthralled by the theme of editor, Dawn Camp's next project. I've been a fan of her other two books, The Beauty of Grace and The Gift of Friendship, both, like The Heart of Marriage is a compilation of stories that reflect the theme of the book. Each story was personal and bound together giving readers insight.  The Heart of Marriage was no different. With a high divorce rate in today's society, the marriage institution seems so unreliable. Yet, that is not what God intended. 


The Heart Marriage comprised of stories from many and they are each heartfelt and honest. I love that no matter where I am in the book, or what stage my marriage is at, I can still relate to each of these stories. Not one will have the answer to the perfect marriage, but each will share with us the blessings of love and the grace of God that binds their marriage. It takes will.  And as you read through each story, some will hit you harder than others, and sometimes, there's a slow and subtle rebuttal that you catch, and your mind and eyes are opened. It did that for me, and I am grateful for it. That's the gift of The Heart of Marriage, profound, candid and genuine with its meaning and it's purpose. 

"A successful marriage isn't the union of two perfect people. It's that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace." (66 - Darlene Schacht, Time-Warp Wife)

A book that I highly recommend to both male and female audiences. It will make a great gift too! Perfect for couples to share and discuss or a small group.  Dawn Camp has also put together a study guide. Head over to her website HERE to download. 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Dawn Camp is the camera-toting, homeschooling mother of eight children. A featured blogger at (in)courage, her beautiful photography previously graced their monthly calendar and currently decorates the desktops of women around the world. Camp blogs at and is a featured photographer on Adobe's website for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. She lives with her family in metro Atlanta.

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