In 2007, the team at Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking arm of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., prayed for the next story to turn into a film. That message turned out to be marriage—God’s view of it, God’s way of it. And the movie would be FIREPROOF, the story of a fireman whose marriage is in flames. One day, asked to read The Love Dare “for just 40 days,” he begins an unexpected journey to live out unconditional love for his estranged wife. As his own heart opens to God’s love, new love for his wife rekindles their relationship. FIREPROOF earned more than $38 million at the box office and became 2008’s No. 1 independent film.
Of course, early movie audiences wanted to know: “Where is the real Love Dare?” And the Kendricks were back in prayer. As the film’s success gave hope to marriages in trouble, The Love Dare offered the real deal: practical relation-building tools. Nearly 6 million copies are in print, and The Love Dare spent 131 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.