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About the Author

SQuire Rushnell, a former television president and CEO, was an executive with the ABC Television Network for twenty years. He was a creator of such programs for young people as Schoolhouse Rock and the ABC Afterschool Specials, which together won seventy-five Emmys. He also led Good Morning America to the number-one spot and is the author of a book series started by the word-of-mouth phenomenon When God Winks.

Louise DuArt has been called one of the world's greatest comedic impressionists with her dead-on impersonations of more than one hundred marquee characters, including Barbara Walters, Judge Judy, Joan Rivers, and George Burns. She is a Women of Faith® speaker and hosts the daily broadcast of Living the Life on the ABC Family Channel.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785227946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785227946
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Squire Rushnell, a former television president and CEO, was for twenty years an executive with the ABC Television Network. Father of such programs for young people as Schoolhouse Rock and the ABC Afterschool Specials, he also led Good Morning America to the #1 spot. Author of the word-of-mouth phenomenon When God Winks, Squire lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Louise.

Customer Reviews

Reading this book will change your marriage.
KC Procter
At the end of the book is a questionnaire about prayer and an appendix with 40 days worth of Bible verses to read together and/or pray as a couple.
Anna L Irvin
I was very excited to get and read this book, unfortunately I was left disappointed.
angela

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Taney on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow...this book doesn't just promise to change your marriage. It really delivers. It's got the research to prove it, yet it reads like a conversation with a trusted friend. Husband and wife, SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt have combined their entertainment backgrounds with their faith to help couples navigate their way through the very personal (and sometimes scary) process of praying with your partner (or sister, parent, etc.).

Rushnell is the author of the When God Winks series of books and the former VP of Children's Programming at ABC. DuArt is a celebrity impressionist who's been on tour with Tim Conway and Harvey Korman from the old Carol Burnett Show and currently co-hosts "Living the Life" weekdays on ABC's Family Channel. Their humor and down to earth approach takes "the most intimate act between a man and a woman" and breaks it down step-by-step into something that's easy, understandable...and even fun.

My husband and I took the 40-day challenge and are seeing amazing results. Before, we used to have the hardest time communicating because we both had such a need to be right. Now, we just look at eachother and say "we need to pray!" Marriage is hard work, but it's comforting to know that we don't have to go through this alone. And, judging from the other couples who are featured in the book (celebrity as well as regular), we all have something we can learn from each other and God.

Buy this book! You will not be disappointed!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Willow Adair on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Couples Who Pray: The Most Intimate Act Between a Man and a Woman

I love this book and have seen transformative results from couples who have used the 40 day challenge in their own marriages. I am impressed with the quantifiable research to back it.

It's easy to read, and SQuire and Louise provide such a warm and friendly testimony of their own relationship. Even if you're a novice at praying, this book is for anyone who wants to invite God into their marriage and miraculously renew it. Here's the tool to do it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lee A. Windle on March 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I puchased this item because I'm a man who has had three failed marriges that didn't have GOD as the center piece. I now know that GOD has to be the center piece of my life as well as marrige.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paula loves books on January 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm not exaggerating when I say this book has the potential to reduce the divorce statistics among Christian couples! It's that powerful. Rushnell and DuArt make a compelling case for couples to pray together daily--and it's my best bet that after reading this book you'll find yourself encouraged and inspired to do just that. The back-cover of Couples Who Pray says, "Warning; This Book will Change Your Marriage!" and in fact, it will. Praying with my husband each evening has brought a deeper sense of comfort and connection to both of us.

I enjoyed reading about the Christian celebrities who were interviewed for this book. Folks like Denzel & Pauletta Washington, Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford, and Gavin & Patti MacLeod share how the act of praying together revolutionized, and in some cases even salvaged, their marriages. Personal transparency is always appealing, and I found the fact that these celebrities gave an honest account about their marriage struggles refreshing.

Rushnell and DuArt are gifted writers and you'll enjoy the dry humor sprinkled throughout the book. Enjoyable, enlightening, and powerful...Couples Who Pray is an important book, and one which will greatly benefit married couples who read it and take it to heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bart Baldwin on June 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Book was an easy and short read. I enjoyed each chapter's practical nature and quotes from persons who have done the 40 day trial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the smitten word on August 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I knew that Couples Who Pray was not the book for me from its very first sentences claiming that prayer is the key to achieving what men and women desire most of all: great sex and meaningful communication, respectively.

Those kind of gender stereotypes make me crazy. Can we please stop reinforcing the idea (especially in Christian circles) that women are not as into sex as men? Not only it it not true, but it has a way of making women feel like really enjoying sex is somehow unfeminine or wrong, which is not what God designed for us at all.

The final promise on page one for those who follow their 40 Day Prayer Challenge set off more red flags: "your gauge of happiness will absolutely soar!" Isn't prayer firstly about growing in intimacy with God, not the benefits returned to the pray-er, especially ones as fleeting as happiness? In scripture, God's promises of blessing and joy are rarely the same as those our culture defines as happy.

The authors, Louise Duart and Squire Rushnell, married in 2000, just two years before Jim and I, and we hardly feel qualified to write a book on marriage! Theirs is also a second--and third--marriage, and while I don't mean to come down on divorcees, I do think their writing a marriage primer is a bit premature and presumptuous. It is based on a speaking series they did called Everything I Know About Wrecking Relationships I Learned in My Last Marriage, and while I get their angle, they didn't sell it for me.

They use the acronym LAUGH (laughter, appreciation, understanding, God, honor, support) to demonstrate their Six Steps To A Happy Marriage. None of the steps are from scripture or have anything to do with love, sacrifice, or humility.
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