"Two Hearts Praying As One is like a mini-devotional, that kick-starts couples into a regular prayer life. The book is divided into 30 chapters, one a day for a month, with the intention of forming a habit of prayer together by the end of the book. The Raineys give a topic to discuss and prayer suggestions to lead you through quite times together. Don't expect guidelines for prayer, such as when or where to pray, instead the Raineys are gently pushing you to explore and expose areas that block spiritual intimacy." -- Stacy Oliver, Christian Book Previews
"The cofounders of FamilyLife, a branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, bring their insights to the matter of a faith-filled marriage in the latest installment of their Family First series, a 30-day prayer devotional designed for husbands and wives. "Praying together may be the single most important spiritual discipline you and your spouse will ever share," say the Raineys (Growing a Spiritually Strong Family and Moments Together for Couples). Using personal anecdotes as well as stories they've encountered through their ministry, they propose that prayer with a spouse can reduce conflict, protect against divorce and even improve a couple's sex life. Each day of their devotional includes suggestions for prayer and a reflection section designed to spark deeper thought and discussion. Although geared toward marriages in which both partners are committed Christians, the book appropriately offers ideas for those whose spouses do not share their faith. From practical advice (how to pray) to spiritual generosity (prayers for the salvation of all people), this little volume offers readers warm encouragement in their prayer lives. " - Publishers Weekly
“I so appreciate how Dennis and Barbara continually emphasize the importance of centering our families upon a relationship with Christ.” – Gary Smalley
“If you desire a thriving faith in your marriage and family, don’t miss this book!” – Bruce Wilkinson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Prayer of Jabez
Why is regular prayer together effective in stabilizing and enriching a marriage?
• It defuses, resolves, and even prevents conflicts.
• Honest prayer requires transparency, which leads to intimacy.
• It is an acknowledgement of mutual submission to a sovereign God.
• It’s an opportunity to communicate with God and then see His response.
In Two Hearts Praying As One, Dennis and Barbara Rainey help couples establish this priceless daily habit. The cofounders of FamilyLife—one of the nation’s leaders in family ministry—provide ready-to-use, interactive material that eases couples through their initial fears and inhibitions about praying together.
Daily entries—including a short devotion, questions for reflection, and guidelines to prayer—take husband and wife through topics related to prayer, spiritual growth, and key marital issues. Other features include personal stories and answers to questions about the dynamics of prayer.
After decades of fruitful experience in their own marriage, the authors conclude that daily, joint prayer “may be the single most important spiritual discipline you and your spouse ever do together.”