Showing posts from December, 2011

Happily Ever After

I recently read Happily Ever After by Gary Chapman. I was excited to receive this book because I have read and really enjoyed The Five Love Languages.

My first impression of this book was that I loved the cover and inside style of the book. The cover was very pretty and the inside of the book was well designed and very beautiful. It looks like it would make a lovely gift for a wedding or engaged or newly married couple.

The book is divided into six sections covering topics such as finances, communication, intimacy, and more. This book covered a basic variety of extremely common marriage issues, so I feel this book could be helpful to any couple. I especially enjoyed the section on communication. It contained many helpful ideas that I'd like to incorporate in my own marriage. Gary Chapman includes stories from his own counseling sessions, practical tips, and many helpful ideas to keep any marriage great. I highly recommend it to any engaged or married couple.

I received a copy of…

Purity's Big Payoff

I recently read Purity's Big Payoff/Premarital Sex Is A Big Ripoff by Donna Lee Schillinger. The first thing I noticed about this book was its interesting format -one side contains Purity's Big Payoff, then you flip the book over and upside down to read Premarital Sex Is A Big Ripoff. Even though I'm already married so I'm not currently dealing with these issues, I really enjoyed reading this book. I do have children so was interested in reading this in preparation for when they are teenagers. I think this is such an important book right now in a day when there are so many temptations for teenagers and so little regard for morality and purity. The stories in this book were alternatively sad, funny, heartbreaking, touching amazing, and everything in between, but most of all they are real! I highly recommend this book for teenagers, singles, parents of teens, and really anyone who is interested in purity issues. Excellent book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I received a copy…

Healing Is A Choice

I just had the privilege of reading Healing Is A Choice by Stephen Arterburn. When I received this book in the mail, I was immediately overwhelmed by the size of the book. At nearly 500 pages, this book was huge. My husband thought there were two books in the package! I thought this would be difficult to get through. However, I was hooked in by the intro and it became one of those books you don't want to put down.

The format was ten truths to help lead you to being well along with ten lies that can prevent you from wholeness. After each truth/lie, there is a section with the workbook questions. These weren't just a list of questions to think about; each section had many questions that delved deep into the material, as well as having you look up and study Bible verses. This format worked very well as it was integrated into each chapter and you didn't have to flip to the back to find the workbook questions. The questions are excellent for either personal study or small group…

The Crossing

The Crossing by Serita Jakes is another one of those can't-put-down books. It follows Claudia, her husband, and various other characters who have been impacted by the killing of a high school teacher and cheer coach.

The storyline is taut and full of suspense, leaving me unable to put it down. The ending was very surprising -I can usually guess the surprise ending, but this one definitely kept me guessing right up until the end! I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Christian suspense.

A copy of this book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.