Category: Marriage

Book Review: “Love Unending” by Becky Thompson

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Last year, I throughly enjoyed reading Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson where she encouraged moms to be reminded of God’s truth and grace even in the midst of the struggles of motherhood. When I saw the full title of Love Unending – Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood, I knew I wanted to read this book. After all, it’s easy to become wrapped up in being a mom to the detriment of being a wife. This book leads moms through a daily exercise to a closer relationship with their husband. Each day contains a Bible verse, discussion, and challenge surrounding a specific topic such as forgiveness, prayer, and discovery. It is also interactive in that it has a space for reflection on the daily subject and related challenge.

I’d recommend this book to all mothers. It guides moms through twenty-one days of concentrated efforts on improving their marriages. It’s another great book from Mrs. Thompson.

I received this book for free from BloggingforBooks.org’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. 

Book Review: “52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together” by Randy E. Southern

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This book is full of wonderful date ideas. It’s the perfect cure for being in the rut of dinner and a movie! In fact, these unusual date ideas are sure to breathe new life into a martial dating relationship.

Each date idea contains the following information:
Words to Grow On – Bible verse and Gary Chapman quote
Set the Scene – Introduction to the date
Make It Happen – Instructions for the date
Finish Strong – Review, questions
Mind Your Language – Commentary on 5 Love Languages for the date
Take It to God – Suggestions for prayer time
Dig Deep – Bible verse references for further study

While these are unique ideas, they are generally low cost and don’t involve a huge amount of complicated planning. My husband and I have done several of these ideas before, but in almost all cases we haven’t done them recently. Also, several ideas are completely fresh and new for us. For instance, the one I’m most looking forward to trying is the photography date idea.

I absolutely loved this book. There are complete instructions for each idea, and it is wonderful that all are referenced back to the Bible. This is a great book for all married couples, whether they be newlyweds or the proverbial old married couple.

I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Book Review: “Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage” by Greg and Erin Smalley

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I decided to read this book since I was familiar with the authors through Focus on the Family. I found it to be a good marriage book that was appropriate for both young and old marriages. The book details 12 romance secrets through relatable personal stories of the authors and various examples from popular culture. I appreciate the authors’ willingness to be honest about their marriage struggles and their admission of not always getting it right in their marriage. In fact, it was funny to see that some sources of marital conflict seem to be universal, such as in the case of communication and division of household tasks. Little bits of wisdom are sprinkled throughout the book and visually easy to pick out. The book also has a website associated with it that has a free marriage assessment. I think this would be a wonderful book for any married couple, but I think it would make an excellent wedding gift.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Book Review: “War Room” by Chris Fabry

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I was so excited to read this novelization by Chris Fabry. I decided to read it after seeing a trailer for the movie. This book did not disappoint! It introduces us to Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple who seem to have it all, but don’t. Tony is an almost absentee father who is annoyed by his wife and turns to dishonesty and flirtation with another woman. Elizabeth is resentful of her husband and lets her irritation with him affect her and her marriage. This dynamic changes when Elizabeth meets a client named Miss Clara, an elderly widow who starts to impart wisdom to Elizabeth. What Elizabeth thinks will be her next real estate sale may also be the answer to saving her failing marriage. Miss Clara teaches Elizabeth how to use prayer to change the course of her family’s legacy…from one of certain divorce to a thriving, loving family.

I absolutely loved this book! It was an easy read. I found myself carving out extra time to read it to find out what happens next. Wouldn’t the world be so much better if everyone had a Miss Clara to point them to prayer as an answer to life’s problems? I loved that prayer was the central thought woven through every storyline. It was wonderful to see how much each character developed though the book through their commitment to improving their prayer life. It encouraged me to evaluate my prayer life and make a plan to improve it. Now, I can’t wait to take my family to see the movie! Check out more information on the movie at War Room Movie

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Book Review: “Own Your Life” by Sally Clarkson

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I saw this book and was intrigued by the title. I knew that I needed to work on owning my life more. Too often, I easily fall into the trap of always saying yes to too many things. This leaves me feeling overwhelmed, rushed, and depleted of the energy I need to be the homemaker, wife, mother, daughter, friend, and child of God that I want to be. So, help in focusing my energy towards the relationships that matter most to me is always welcomed.

The book is divided into the following parts:
Part 1 – Barriers to Owning Your Life: Don’t Settle for a Mediocre Life
Part 2 – Owning Your Vision: Mapping Your Life Purpose
Part 3 – Owning Your Life by Giving God Control: What Only He Can Do
Part 4 – Owning Your Life by Partnering with God: Attitudes and Actions That Transform
Part 5 – Owning Your Life by Loving Well: Creating a Lasting Legacy

As you can tell by the chapter titles, the book relies heavily on what the Bible has to say on each of these topics. The author takes topics such as forgiveness or having a vision and provides a detailed plan on how to deal with it, complete with Bible verses. In fact, each chapter opens with an inspiring quote as well as Bible verse. The author also provides a section called “Own Your Part”. It lists specific activities or ideas to bring home the point of the chapter. I liked this part because its’ personal nature helped me to internalize the information she was talking about.

I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of someone who’s been there before. There were many points to ponder and put into action from this book. I loved this quote from page 191, “Painting the reality of God onto the walls of your home will be one of the great works of your life.” By looking towards God and following what He says from the Bible, I hope that I can do just that by leaving a legacy of a home that isn’t crazed and hurried, but one of peace, love, grace, and goodness.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.