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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  25,281 ratings  ·  395 reviews
INSIDE BURNING BUILDINGS, Captain Caleb Holt lives by the firefighter's adage: NEVER LEAVE YOUR PARTNER. Yet at home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, his wife Catherine always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter . . . just like her father.Now, after seven years of marriage, she wonders when she stopped being "good en...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Elisha
I loved this book. A super easy read that made me realize how good my relationship with my fiance already is. Possibly, because of us meeting later in life, or because we appreciate and respect each other so much. Either way, this is a good one to keep on the shelf for reference and to share with your significant other.
Lorrie
I loved this book. It was simple, and even a little predictable, but the message was profound. I had a hard time putting it down.
Hannah M.
Firefighter Captain Caleb Holt has always been good at his job, he never leaves a man behind, but his marriage is another story. After seven years of marriage Caleb and Catherine just aren’t feeling it anymore. Constantly arguing or simply not talking to each other the two are ready to divorce. When Caleb talks to his father about what’s going on he asks his son to wait forty days, because he’s got something to try.

The Love Dare enters the picture. Each day there is a task to try, simple things...more
Hark Herald Sarmiento
Dec 22, 2011 Hark Herald Sarmiento rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Hark Herald by: Seminary Fathers
This is a very good book indeed. Not only it helps save marriage at the brink of divorce, it also gives tips on how to make it stronger... Everybody, including those who aren't in a marriage relationship, can relate to the lessons it brings...

This will kinda be a spoiler but at least you may have a glimpse of the contents...

"You never leave your partner! Especially in a fire!"

"Caleb Holt: Marriage isn't fireproof.
Michael Simmons: Fireproof doesn't mean the fire will never come. It means when th...more
Ashley
My excuse for reading this book is that the Verizon store is right next to a Christian bookstore, and it took Scott two hours to decide which Blackberry he wanted to purchase. I was already halfway through with it by then and wanted to see how it ended. That said, it wasn't as bad as I thought. There is a lot of proselytizing in the second half as the main character finds God, but he seriously needed to find God. The main character, Caleb, is this firefighter who is a complete bastard to his wif...more
John
This book teaches you the importance of holding on and doing what is right although it may be extremely hard. If you need ispiration or help with any problem in your life you should definitely pick up a copy of this book and get reading....
Brent Soderstrum
This was hard for me to rate. I gave it three stars because the story is awesome but it is a "novelization" of a movie. Unlike most book/movies, the movie was done first.

That being said the story is awesome. It is a story about a marriage in which the couple had become strangers in the same house. Really hit home for me. Like the couple in the book I was married seven years and things got tough. Caleb listens to his Dad and accepts the "Love Dare" in which he does various things to give sacrifi...more
Wendy
I thought this was just a novel about a firefighter when I picked it up, and only as I got well into it did I realize it's actually Christian fiction, which I normally avoid like the plague. The book was indeed a story of a top flight firefighter, having trouble in his marriage, and the challenge his father sets to him to try to sort things out before he pulls the plug and files for divorce.

While the "Love Dare" is based in Christian theology, the message it sends, about how to really take care...more
Nora St Laurent
Caleb is a hero - a hero, that is, to everyone but his wife.

What has happened lately? Things were so great! When did things start
to change? Now his wife wants out - "fine" he thinks. I'll give her
out!! He seems to be the only one doing anything in this marriage
anyway. He never gets any respect from his wife. Doesn't she see all
he pays for and does in their marriage? She just doesn't get it!!
Caleb's thoughts begin to turn to divorce.

When Caleb tells his father that he has been thinking of a divor...more
Laura
I watched and enjoyed the movie Fireproof at some point in the last year or two. My sister-in-law loaned me the novelization of the movie. Sometimes novelizations of movies are more miss than hit, but this novelization was definitely a winner.

Caleb Holt is a fireman and is captain of his team. While he is a fantastic firefighter and leader, his life at home is falling apart. Caleb and his wife Catherine do nothing but fight or avoid each other. It has gotten to the brink of divorce. Caleb’s fath...more
Debbie
This book is a Christian Romance novel, though it's not typical of the category. The romance is portrayed accurate to real life and is mainly from the male point-of-view. I think men would find the book as interesting as women would.

The book isn't terribly preachy and is more a "this character happens to become a Christian" than a "listen up, readers--if you aren't Christian, you ought to be and here's how!" Unless you are vehemently anti-Christian, the Christian content probably won't annoy you...more
Talleyfamily6
Several people recommended the movie to me but the book was at the library so I picked it up. It was ok - nothing hard to read. It was thought provoking as the husband began to take the love dare and do things for his wife to demonstrate his committment to their marriage and her friends at work caused her to question his motives. A reminder that sometimes our friends don't give us godly advice and to always compare the advice people give us to what the Bible says.Fireproof
Shannon
This book was absolutely amazing. It was well-written, the characters were relatable, and it really made you feel a part of the book. I felt angry, sad, frustrated, happy throughout this whole book with the characters. Being Christian, I especially loved the touch of faith brought into the story. It wasn't overwhelming, yet at the same time, it was the foundation of the entire story. It was real & it was beautiful. It's hard for a book to make me tear up, but this one did it! Highly recommen...more
dgw
Note: There are some references to key plot points in this review. I don't consider them to be spoilers per se—not enough to check the "contains spoilers" box—but it should be noted that you might have a hint at what happens if you pay close attention to my writing below.

Fireproof was an engrossing, captivating book... until I hit the second half, which proselytizes Jesus up the wazoo. After it started proselytizing, the story became merely interesting. It fell into predictability at some points...more
Karen
I read this book for my women's bible study. The book was written AFTER the movie "Fireproof" was a success (I never heard of it before, but I guess it's sort of a cult classic with the church groups). I didn't think it was well written, and the background of the characters wasn't developed at all in my opinion, and I know from others who have seen the movie (I haven't) that the emotion from the characters was much more evident in the movie than the book. The story and message is good: A firefig...more
Susan
I found out after I started reading this book that it was written after the screenplay for the movie, rather than before. The book does kind of read like a movie. It doesn't have the deepest dialogue and the characters are not as fleshed out as they normally are in books I read. Normally I don't even enjoy Christian fiction that much because they just seem a little light and don't ring quite true for me. On that note I would have given this book, which was a really quick read, only three stars....more
Gabrielle Bernard
Fireproof is a strong work of God. Christianity works through every sentence and leeks through every page. A love story with some comedy, that also has a religious message that does not over power the book. Proven stronly the message is shared in a most heart touching way.
For me this book earned a 5 out of 5 stars. The text is not heard to read and you stay sucked into the book. It is possible that this book will change the way we look at marraige these days. It is not a gender bias through al...more
Jerry
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Jaclynn
Based on the movie..and very much sticks to it. I knew what was going to happen before it did because I had seen the movie previously so that makes it hard for me to critique it on character development or predictability.
But it was easy to read and follow and the Gospel is clearly presented in it as well. I thought the book was a good representation of a real life couple and their marriage struggles and the message it gives is one of great importance in today’s world.
Caleb does most of the work...more
Emily
Fireproof is a book about a middle aged couple going through hard times through their marriage and how they deal with it. Caleb is a fireman who works to save lives, but his wife Catherine thinks otherwise, because he's not fireproof enough to save her marriage which is going down in flames.

This book isn't the easiest book to read. Personally I think that boys will not enjoy this book as much as girls would, but everybody has their different tastes. This book is based around love, so people that...more
Gina Paoletto
This was a very personal and touching story for me. I wish this was available 16 years ago. I would have loved to see God do His work in us. Love is such a gift. It's about sacrifice and humbling ourselves and putting others first. It is odd when you think about it... how one can do a job and put so much care and heart in saveing others on the job... yet doesn't have the tools to save ones marriage. I feel anyone thinking about marriage should read this book. Those that are married and strugglin...more
Lisa Belcastro
I absolutely LOVED Fireproof! I have watched the movie Fireproof a half dozen times. It was a treat to read the book and delve deeper into the story behind Caleb and Catherine. The creation of The Love Dare, and reading about how these two characters lived it out, was fantastic. I mourned the breakdown of their marriage, and then cheered as Caleb made the commitment to do the Love Dare. Even though I knew the outcome from watching the movie, I was completely drawn into the story as I read about...more
Brent Strandy
When rating this book I’m not comparing it to other novels I’ve read. I found other novels to have much better stories and yet I gave them lower scores. I give Fireproof a 7/10 because of the message it delivers. Usually Christian novels are extremely phony and lack any semblance to our current culture. This book does a fantastic job illustrating marriage – albeit a nasty side of marriage. It shows how a broken marriage reacts to the “Love Dare”. I appreciated how real the book felt. It wasn’t a...more
Mary Saou
The writing in Fireproof isn't going to win any awards, but the content and thought behind it makes me glad that I read it. I watched the movie first, and would probably prefer it to the book (the book was actually written based upon the screenplay of the film, which i thought was unusual). However, there are several great reminders in this story of how important it is to treat your spouse with love and respect, every day. It takes the focus off of what is "wrong" with the other person and shows...more
Mary
This book (and movie) is so worth the time it takes to read it. The story is very easy to read and quick moving. It is a little cheesy, but has a profound message. It's based on the screenplay that was done by the same christian group that wrote "Facing the Giants" screenplay, another must see. I loved the "love dare" used in the book and Drew and I are actually in the process of doing this 40 day challenge. Anyone who is married (happy or not) I think could benefit from this book. It helps to r...more
Denise
The book had an unfair start in that I'd seen the movie first, and the movie is pretty bad (poor acting more than anything). The idea behind the movie and book is fine, a Love Dare sounds like a pretty good idea and I'm sure a secular version could be conceived. My husband once came up with the idea of us competing to see who could be the nicest to the other. It had moderate success and did allow us to reconnect, ultimately we had some outside stress we had to manage and work through and then ma...more
Heather_baird
There was a young girl name Catherine, she wanted to marry a guy just like her father. Twenty-five years later Catherine married a captain Caleb, a firefighter. At the fire house Caleb, always says, "never leave a man behind especially in a fire." However, at home Caleb and Catherine argue over everything. Catherine, wanted a divorce, but Caleb dad, John, gave him a book. It was called the "Love Dare." The " Love Dare" book is a forty day challenge, to try to keep your marriage by changing the w...more
Angie Rowan
Fireproof is a story that I believe every person can relate to. It touches on relationships (good/bad, romantic/friendship) as well as just being a better YOU. A quick read but part of that was the flow of the story as well as wanting to know the outcome.
Kimberly
Very touching story. Quick read for me because I couldn't seem to put the novel down. Very enjoyable. One that I will save and read again.
Mary Robles
Good wholesome Christian book. Liked the concepts of this book. Reminds me that how I need to be in my marriage. I would recommend this book
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