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‘Fireproof’ moviemaker tells of ‘Love Dare’

BY CARLA HINTON Published: October 11, 2008
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Stephen Kendrick co-wrote and produced the feature film "Fireproof” with his brother Alex. The brothers are associate pastors of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., the church whose moviemaking ministry, Sherwood Pictures, produced the faith-themed movie. The Kendricks also co-wrote "The Love Dare” (Broadman & Holman, $14.95) as part of the plot of "Fireproof.” The book outlines a 40-day challenge to learn and practice unconditional love.

Q: Where did the idea for "The Love Dare” book come from?

A: The idea for "The Love Dare” book came at the same time as the movie plot did. We both prayed for God to lead us to a storyline that would impact the culture. Alex was out jogging one day, and he came back with this idea. I said, "That’s it! We need to make that movie and write that book.” In the movie, a father gives his son the book "The Love Dare” that really changes his thinking.

Q: What kind of response has the book received?

A: Sales-wise, it’s been unbelievable. Broadman and Holman, the book’s publisher, said this is their fastest-selling book. They say it has been selling 5,000 to 10,000 copies a day for the last few weeks.


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