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‘One Month to Live’ Authors Kerry and Chris Shook
Encourage People to Love Completely on Valentine’s Day


“What would your life be like if you could love completely – no-holds barred?” This is one of many integral questions asked in the energizing new book, “One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life” (Random House/Feb. 5) by pastors and life coaches Kerry and Chris Shook. The book inspires readers to commit to a dynamic month-long plan to let go of baggage, to embrace mortality and to ultimately learn to live life to the fullest.

One of the book’s four sections and basic principles, “Love Completely,“ is based on the general idea behind Valentine’s Day, but goes even deeper. According to the Shooks, the key to relationships is acknowledging God’s unconditional love for you and accepting that as your foundation.

“You can be free to be yourself, not looking to loved ones for validation, approval, or permission,” said the Shooks. “At the same time, you will relieve them of the pressure of having to mean more to you than is humanly possible.”

The book also provides step-by-step advice encouraging readers to gain the ability to offer or accept forgiveness. The Shooks give examples of ways to experience God’s love which washes away sins, guilt and bitterness. They advise readers to live as if relationships matter the most and to realize that love cannot be bought, but requires a sacrifice. This is based on their belief that investing in relationships is the only legacy that has the power to endure beyond a lifetime.

“Our hope is that people will go out and live the lives they were made to live, according to the four ‘One Month to Live’ principles: live passionately, love completely, learn humbly and leave boldly,” said the Shooks.

“One Month to Live” is Random House’s most anticipated book for 2008. It is already in its third press run, having now printed 125,000 books. To date, more than 500 churches have expressed interest in taking their congregations through the book’s 30-Day Challenge.

Kerry and Chris Shook are the founders of Fellowship of The Woodlands, a 15,000-member church outside of Houston, Texas (one of America’s top 50 most influential churches according to The Church Report). As pastors, they have had the privilege of walking alongside many people in their last days. Through these journeys, they realized that when people learn they are dying, they make some remarkable changes – they reconcile with people, say what they want to say and take risks.

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