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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  51,370 ratings  ·  599 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
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2008)
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down. One of my favorites. 5 stars from beginning to end. ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Abby Burrus
Sep 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars.
This actually turned out better than I thought it would.
I've watched the movie at least twice, and appreciated the amazing message it brings, though I am not married. It's not that terribly cheesy romance that is oh so common nowadays. But it does deal with all that a marriage can experience and go through. (I have to admit, the arguments they had seemed very childish, like arguments my siblings have had. But I can easily see it occurring in real life.)
Now, I've read books that have b
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
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
I have a heart of stone and no soul. This book was so terrible, so cheesy, that It made a tiny part of me shrivel and die. I enjoy Christian fiction. GOOD Christian fiction. This was barftastic! I can’t believe that I listened to the whole thing without stabbing myself!

How can this book have such a high star rating? Lies. Lies! This is a perfect example of how readers rate Christian fiction on the MESSAGE and not on the STORY. Good message. Death by cheese story.
Hannah M.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Hark Herald Sarmiento
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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....
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Caleb and his wife Catherines marriage is going down hill fast until her father gives him a book to help save his marriage. The love dare. 40 days of challenges to help build your relationship with your wife and with God.

Caleb is also a fire chief so we get alot of fire fighting and station action which I love to read about.

This book was really good. It felt very real. Like these characters were pulled out of real life.
Nora St Laurent
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Very good, I enjoyed this. It's been too long since I've seen the movie. ...more
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
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
I have a personal etiquette that I go by: I won't read a book if I've already seen the movie. I feel that it takes something away from the imagination. I opted to go agianst this since this book was written after the movie was released. I had forced myself to read a little more that 100 pages when decided I couldn't read it anymore. It is written pretty much word for word as the movie. I found myself nodding to sleep as I was reading it.

I LOVED the movie enough that I bought it. I feel the auth
Brent Soderstrum
Aug 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 recommend, e ...more
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Natalie Claire
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance
First off, I want to say that I had watched the movie many times before reading the book. I picked up the book expecting for it to be exactly like the movie. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like the book as much since I already knew the story, but I was surprised to find that there are extra scenes in the book that are not in the movie. (Like, that disappearing scene with Wayne was hilarious. And Wayne's sandwich revenge! Lol!)

While I was halfway through reading the story, my brother noticed
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I really loved this book. One of the main things I loved about it was that it followed the movie almost to a T. That's so incredibly rare and I usually feel let down if the movies and books don't coincide. While there were some really cheesy parts, I found myself unable to put it down towards the end of the book.

One of the negative sides was that I really didn't feel Catherine's emotions as much as I felt Caleb's. To me it felt as though she was whiny and frigid mostly. There was one conversati
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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May 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
I read this because my Mom gave it to me and she loved it. I did not love it. It was good, the storyline good, but I didn't love it. I think it was too slanted towards having to be a Christian to fix your life. I didn't like that it was the husband who did most of the work in fixing the relationship, granted it was written for the reader to assume that the wife then owned up to her part but eh, it could have been done better. I have to admit, however, that part of my negativity towards the book ...more
Brent Strandy
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Lori Henrich
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Caleb and Catherine are having serious marriage problems. Catherine wants out and Caleb isn't sure he wants to fight for it. A conversation with his father puts "The Love Dare" into Caleb's hands. It isn't easy for him but he wants to give it a try. He struggles to figure out what he wants and whether giving his life to Christ is really the answer to save his marriage.

I loved this story. The book of course has more than the movie but both are great and have a wonderful message. I wonder what the
Lisa Belcastro
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bingo
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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Having lived in the wife's role, I say this story totally glosses over some serious issues. Yeah it's a feel good story with happy ending that rewards faith etc etc etc yawn. But is hard to relate to on many levels. Financially .... I could not even touch their materialism. They also had no kids.... That totally changes the landscape. I think the only realistic connection I made was to the male role model and his struggle with his faith.... Vs. faith of his parents. The wife's honest convo abou
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