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‘Fireproof’ writers slated to release book for parents

ALBANY — Building on the success of the third film from Sherwood Pictures, its creators are taking a plot device from the movie and giving it a new perspective.

From Stephen and Alex Kendrick, the writers, producer and director of “Fireproof” and the authors of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book it inspired — “The Love Dare” — comes another work entitled “The Love Dare for Parents.”

“’The Love Dare for Parents’ offers a 40-day journey of daily ‘dares’ that challenge parents to know what Christlike love looks like and to share it with their children,” Stephen Kendrick said in a news release.

Available for pre-order now with deliveries beginning July 1, officials say the book also includes free access to an online parenting evaluation tool to make the book even more prudent.

“The Love Dare for Parents,” according to its developers, is meant to be helpful and encouraging to parents and children of all ages, from a new parent looking to win the heart of their young child to an older parent hoping to win a heart back.

“We know that family life is busy,” Alex Kendrick said. “We purposefully made ‘The Love Dare for Parents’ easy and enjoyable to read with biblical principles you can apply to your parenting from Day 1.”

Each of the 40 days of “The Love Dare for Parents” begins with an encouraging promise from scripture and then draws a biblical principle from it. Parents receive daily challenges to put the principles to work in the lives of their children.

There also is room for readers to make the book their own with space to journal reflections about the material and personal experiences.

Alex and Stephen Kendrick, founders of Kendrick Brothers Productions, are the creative team behind the Sherwood Pictures films “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof” and “Courageous.” Sherwood Pictures is the moviemaking arm of Sherwood Baptist Church.

In “Fireproof,” a major character — portrayed by Kirk Cameron — whose marriage is crumbling is challenged to take on “The Love Dare,” described in the film as an effort to devote 40 days of showing sacrificial love to a spouse. The book has spent 131 weeks on the New York Times Advice best-seller list and has sold nearly 6 million copies, officials say.

Released Sept. 26, 2008, “Fireproof” brought in a worldwide gross of $33.4 million over the course of 18 weeks, figures available from Box Office Mojo show.