A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively. Date Intentionally. Love Faithfully is a fairly new release by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff. If you watch “reality TV” at all, you’ve probably heard of the couple and, particularly, Jeremy’s family. But over the past few years, Jeremy & Audrey have branched out on their own and created the enterprises of Beating 50 Percent and Always More, to name a few.
I’ve “followed” them for a while now, and for as long as I can remember, they’ve been big on encouraging couples in their relationships with one another, so it only makes sense that it would be the subject of their (first) book!
In many ways, I admire what Jeremy and Audrey are doing. There is SO much content out there nowadays, and also – so many examples of “bad” relationships. It’s refreshing, quite frankly, to see a couple focused on their marriage, on fostering their love, and on helping others to do the same. They never claim to be experts, and they’re realistic – and authentic, for the most part. They’re not afraid to share the good times of their relationship on social media, but they’re careful to let people know that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows.
With that said, I was eager to dive into their book!
For the most part, I really enjoyed reading the book, and there were definitely some key points I could take away into my own relationship, my own marriage (which is almost three years strong at this point). I think everyone, no matter how long you’ve been dating/engaged/married, can always put in a little more effort to fostering their relationship. None of us are perfect, but putting the effort into your marriage is absolutely worth it!
As someone who was somewhat familiar with Jeremy & Audrey’s story, having watched it blossom in some sense on TV, it was fun to read about how their relationship developed over the years. Having the two of them each write about their own side of the story, and what they were thinking as their relationship (or non-relationship) grew, was cute.
WIth all that said, I do have to say this: the book was a little too preachy at times for my taste. I’m not overly religious, and I definitely groaned once or twice when, once again, we were reminded about the importance of saving yourself for marriage. Avoiding temptation.
And I get it. I get that it’s a religious belief, and a personal belief. It just came across very strong at times in this book, and it wasn’t to my liking. But I respect what they’re doing, and I respect their strict beliefs and how they stuck to them before getting married, and how they’re trying to pass them along. But get this: whether you have sex before marriage or not – it literally doesn’t affect me, at all. Whether I have sex before marriage or not, literally doesn’t affect you, not one bit. So let’s just let everyone make their own choices in the bedroom, shall we?
A Love Letter Life is a book that I’m glad I read once. Now, I’m ready to #bookitforward and let someone else read it and gather what value they shall from it.