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Publisher's Summary

In Love That Lasts, New York Times best-selling author Jefferson Bethke and his wife, Alyssa, expose the distorted views of love that permeate our culture and damage our hearts, minds, and souls.

Drawing from Jeff's "prodigal son" personal history and from Alyssa's "true love waits" experience, the Bethkes point to a third and better way. Blending personal storytelling with biblical teaching, they offer listeners an inspiring, realistic vision of love, dating, marriage, and sex.

Young people today enter adulthood with expectations of blissful dating followed by romantic, fulfilling marriages only to discover they've been duped. They learned about love and sexuality from social media, their friends, Disney fairy tales, pornography, or even their own rocky pasts, and they have no idea what healthy, lifelong love is supposed to be like. The results are often disastrous, with this generation becoming one of the most relationally sick, sexually addicted, and divorce-ridden in history.

Looking to God's design while drawing lessons from their own successes and failures, the Bethkes explode the fictions and falsehoods of our current moment. One by one they peel back the lies, such as the belief that every person has only one soul mate, that marriage will complete you, and that pornography and hookups are harmless.

©2017 Jefferson Bethke & Alyssa Bethke (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Finished it in 2 days!

What an incredible book, everything they say is so encouraging! Loved hearing their story about how they met and how the Lord worked in both of their lives. Thank you Jeff and Alyssa for the book that I really needed. 😊

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Excellent!!

Excellent book! I love the way Alyssa and Jeff constantly point to Jesus! Their openness and “realness” is so refreshing! Definitely would recommend this book!

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Awesome Book!

This is my first audible book I have finished and in just 24 hours. The narrators who are also the authors are wonderful and inviting. I am now going to read the book so I can take notes. I love their story, their advice is solid. Praying for this book to bless everyone who reads/listens.

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Love this book!!

If you've read their previous books then you're going to come into this one knowing a little about their story, but don't let that stop you from opening up and digging into this book!!!! It is so good because it truly focuses on the biblical wisdom of relationships from both a man and woman perspective, not just the feel good stuff, but this is raw, honest,and open.
This book is for Jesus but not "preachy" it is infused with Gods love and makes it a turn on for everyone to read! {Would give this book to my non Christian friends in hopes they would see Christ love through a biblical minded relationship without "throwing the Bible" at them!}
Good read for everyone because it is complete opposite types of writing fused into one beautiful marriage of a story! Recommend if single, dating, engaged, & married! No matter what season of relationship you are in this is a great read!!!

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Was apprehensive if this book was suitable for singles but I totally didn't regret getting it!

Love how the authors are so real in expressing their journeys and I especially related to Alyssa's story of singleness and waiting. Love it! ❤️

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Real

Great read in the journey towards trust and unity. Very genuine and quality advice spoken from hearts that long for a Jesus centered love.

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Speechless!!

Almost done with first half of the book! All I can say is WOW! I work in an office that is silent most of the day unless the phone rings. I spend my time sending emails but I don't hear voices too much. This book is perfect for that time. It's like Jeff and Alyssa are sitting down with me teaching me about the Lord and how to love more without trying to be "perfect" like what society makes us want to be. I can't wait to finish this!

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I will now gift this book at every wedding

I've read this book twice: once while engaged, and now once while newly married. I only wish I knew of it before so I could have read it while dating and single.

It's real. it's down to earth and a great example of real people learning to make their relationships about God.

Im in my low 20s now, but i want to gift it at every wedding of my friends now. It's absolutely incredible and a quick read.

It forces me to stop and think about my motivations. Marriage/relationships aren't about making yourself happy. It's about honoring God. A lot easier said than done!

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great testimony!

I appreciate the testimony shared by the Bethkes. While being an amazing account of God's faithfulness, it also exposes some pitfalls from a traditionalist approach to sex and intimacy, as well as pitfalls of the more whatever-whenever-however-pleases-me approach. Their emphasis on mutual love and submission to each other while focusing on Christ was refreshing in an age saturated in self righteous indignation and relativism.

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well written and enjoyable

I so enjoyed listening to this book! It tackles tough issues with grace, truth, and humor. I'm so glad they are willing to share some of these culturally unpopular truths in such an easy manner. loved that the authors were the readers for the audio version!

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  • De1234
  • 08-04-18

Enjoyable

Interesting book with great lessons. The shared narrative between husband and wife was nice and engaging

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

The True love You dreamed as a kid actually exists

Giving up on the wait after experiencing so many failures, perceived betrayals, and overall heartache? Or not interested in any pursuit of any sort? it’s weird how anyone of any age could relate and understand to some degree, but come to the same conclusion. This is hope rekindled and a fire of inspiration set alight in the heart. God sent Authors. This is one for the masses... not just the "chosen" people.

was just epic... something out of a fairy tale this book. But you really had to take it chapter by chapter to really appreciate the journey. Jeff and Alyssa don't describe their relationship as a dream, but as the reality of siblings (children of God) that just happen to be a lot more self aware of their duty and ability to give to each other.

Love doesn't give up, it isn't selfish... but in the same way unrequited love is a burden to the giver. Marriage is the covenant that destroys blurred lines, and gives life to a decision to become one in everything.

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  • S. Egembah
  • 03-11-18

It' OK but not as detailed as I'd hoped on how relationships start, progress maintain.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-18

Great read

I loved how clear the topics were and relatable to each season of life. I found it super helpful and brings hope to people who’ve been through similar paths!

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  • loretta christina
  • 02-05-18

Loved it :)

Loved this book, not exactly what I was expecting, as I expected it to be focused around married couples more. However I found the wisdom and Christian philosophies around love here, can be applied to anybody, which ever stage of love you're in. Got through this (audio) in a couple of days and already about to give it another run through. Both Alyssa and Jeff have done an excellent job of being relatable, friendly but wise narrators in this book. A highly recommended read <3

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  • KUI
  • 11-16-17

Different!

Loved this book alot. The views presented are relatable and I gained new perspectives too.

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  • Trevor English
  • 11-10-17

Very good!

Easy you read! Nice story wuth lots of God based learning! would recommend to a couple!

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  • David Tasi
  • 11-09-17

Amazingly encouraging & wisdom giving stories

Honesty revelation of both of their lives.
Jeff & Alyssa generously, boldly share with extensive and lessons hey have learned from they were single, seeking, in a relationship, broken up and in marriage.
Many important topics were discussed and it's clear that he Bible is true, glorious, wisdom- and life-giving.
And for most, God is loving, He loves us and bless His children with many spiritual blessings.

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  • tiffer
  • 10-19-17

what an amazing book

thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what his other books offer. I think this book is not just for having happy marriages but will also help in parenting

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  • Liam Kelly
  • 09-17-18

great listen

enjoyed this book and although there is some strong cultural differences from me to the americanese I was listening to it was very relatable

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  • Chiang Chun Jee
  • 11-20-17

Concise and relatable

Outstanding book! Really enjoyed listening to their stories and the advises they gave. It was even better when the authors were the one who actually reads it although Alyssa's voice is quite high pitched. A book well done it is.

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  • Sharal Ann
  • 11-13-17

A Blessing

I loved listening to this book. It brought me peace, hope and a little bit of healing as I am currently feeling empty and a little lost from a heartache. Love Jeff and Alyssa Bethke! Thank you both for this wonderful audiobook!