There is a pattern: the man gets famous writing jeremiads, apocalypses, or
spiritual guides, and then his wife gets in on the act. Think of Ed and
Gayle Wheat, or Tim and Beverly LaHaye. Now James Dobson, founder of the
evangelical traditional-values group Focus on the Family, has enlisted the
help of his wife Shirley to produce this devotional. It is keyed to
twenty-six weeks, with a devotional for each day of those weeks. The
devotionals comprise a small homily, suggested questions for the spouses
to ask each other, and a prayer for one or both to say.
At its best, the book encourages spouses to treat each other with respect
and constantly to examine their behavior for avenues of improvement. At
its worst, "Night Light" is pointlessly reactionary (taking potshots at
homosexuals' complaining of "supposed discrimination") and poorly written
("Lord, please give us wisdom and strength as we seek to affair-proof our
This book will best serve fans of James Dobson, who will
appreciate his usual mix of Christian counsel and political views.