A Relationship Memoir from Jeremy and Audrey Roloff

Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are a couple used to being in the spotlight, due to the television show based on Jeremy’s family (TLC’s “Little People, Big World”), but now they are stepping into a different public role – as authors. “A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively, Date Intentionally, Love Faithfully” is set to be published by Zondervan in April of 2019, and is a memoir of sorts detailing the couple’s love story and providing inspiration for writing your own unique love story.

“A Love Letter Life” was a book I am glad to have read, but perhaps not for the reasons the authors intended. I enjoyed the book because I love the perspective that for a marriage relationship to work, it needs to be built on a foundation of friendship. This was a very strong feature of the book, and portrayed Jeremy and Audrey’s friendship before they began dating in a lovely way that inspires readers to emulate their example. Also, embracing faith and following God’s will through prayer and daily acts of surrendering to Him played important roles in the couple’s relationship, and it was fun to see how God’s hand was clearly present as their story unfolded. Numerous other ideas for building strong relationships were also present in the book, such as the benefits of taking personality tests together (for example the Enneagram and the 5 Love Languages) and learning how to appreciate and grow from the different results.

Now for the portions of “A Love Letter Life” that I did not enjoy so much. . . My family, life, relationships, and upbringing do not look a thing like Jeremy’s or Audrey’s, and sometimes it was very hard to relate to their stories. Occasionally the anecdotes related by the couple were interesting, sometimes they were a bit boring, and other times they jumped around in time so much that they were just plain confusing. Often it felt like they were in an unrealistic world that was completely focused on doing fun things together, without the reality of work and other daily life pressures. I also have very different standards of purity (more conservative) than the relationship portrayed in this book, and was disappointed with some of the leniency they seemed to think was perfectly fine.

Overall, I did benefit from reading “A Love Letter Life” in numerous ways, and would recommend it as a book to gain some inspiration for your own (present or future) relationships. However I did not expect the focus to be so much of a memoir detailing every aspect of their relationship, and was hoping for more of a Christian Living book that was written TO the readers, rather than completely ABOUT the authors. Some people may find this type of learning-by-example works well for them, but for me I found the memoir style did not engage me as much as I had hoped.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins Canada, in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to submit a positive review, and all opinions expressed our my own.

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