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Family Christian: A Reluctant Bride (An Amish of Birch Creek Novel) by Kathleen Fuller (review and giveaway)


I have read other books written by Kathleen Fuller and have always enjoyed them, this one was no different. Sadie’s story pulls you right in – from the time she was accosted when out running a business errand for her parents up until she realizes she needs to be loved and be able to love. A Reluctant Bride was a fast read for me because of it’s page turning qualities and enjoyment factors as well as the well portrayed characters that fill it’s pages.

As Sadie deals with the repercussions of a drunk driver’s negligence in killing her parents and severely injuring one of her sisters – she finds that she does need to rely on help, both from the Lord and also from those within her community – even if it means marrying a man she thinks she can’t and won’t love. As I said this is a page turner, it kept me up at night because I just had to know what was going to happen next and oh, how I felt for Sadie – in the midst of grief she must carry so much burden and I could tell early on there was something sinister about their community’s Bishop.

Through it all the characters grow and mature and are stretched in their faith as we all are in real life – it strikes to the heart of what forgiveness is and what happens when bitterness and hate does when it’s allowed to take root and grow. I don’t want to give spoilers but at the end of the book my heart was rejoicing over Sadie and Aden’s ‘happy’ ending, although there is more heart ache in store as they deal with the other issues that are going to surround them, I hope there will be another book to follow their story as they continue to grow in their marriage. Thankfully it wasn’t your typical Amish romance – and I enjoyed it for that as well – I needed a down to earth Amish fiction book and that is what I got when I received this book to review.

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Family Christian: The Good, The Bad and the Grace of God by Jep and Jessica Robertson (review and giveaway)


 photo good_zpsfrap80ox.jpgBefore I begin this review I want to be honest, I’ve only ever watched a couple of Duck Dynasty episodes – we don’t subscribe to cable and I don’t usually have time to watch shows. The ones I have watched my children and I really enjoy so when I had the chance from Family Christian bloggers to read and review this book I jumped at the offer. The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us about Faith, Family and Forgiveness is an awesome book on how two people that were broken, begin to heal with God’s help and become a stronger family because of it. I was pulled in from the first chapter – each chapter is either told from Jep’s or Jessica’s point of view and you’ll know before starting a new chapter whose view you’ll be reading.

It was a relatively short and quick read – sometimes humorous, sometimes I had tears in my eyes – especially during the story of Jep’s medical crisis when the family didn’t know whether he’d leave the hospital alive. I’ve been there – sitting beside my husband as we wait word about what is going on, and then later being that widow. I could feel Jessica’s worry, her fears and ultimately peace when she leaves it in God’s hands. The book is honest, more honest than I think I ever could be in regards to my past and my skeletons – because we live in a world who wants to see us as horrible, unchanged, unrepentant sinners. However, Jep and Jessica, seem to truly not care – their story isn’t for perfect people – it’s for those who have been hurt, who have pain and who want to heal like they’ve been healed – their story is told, not to recount every horrible detail or to ruminate on it all the time, but so that there story can help someone else.

Whether or not one watched Duck Dynasty, whether or not one agrees or disagrees with their Christian worldview – if you’ve been hurt, if you’re still in pain and you want a story that shows how two people, one couple, keeps on going, then read this book! I appreciated how they didn’t dwell on facts, the story was there but it wasn’t written in a woe-is-me fashion or in a way that some continue to dwell on it while making the reader think they’ve been healed – it’s real, it’s raw and it’s all God. It’s great to read about their love for each other, for their children and for the Lord, even if it makes me miss my husband – I feel even more inspired to pass on our faith to our children so I can pass on our legacy. The questions and answers segment at the end is a great way to end the book and it makes them seem even more real than watching them on T.V.

(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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FlyBy Promotions: gMovies (and giveaway)


About gMovies:

gMovies at your fingertips

gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Inspiring entertainment wherever and whenever you want

At home or away, gMovies subscribers can stream the greatest collection of Christian films on gMovies on their computer or mobile device.  Dish customers can watch gMovies using an Internet-connected DISH receiver, mobile device streaming using the DISH Remote Access app or at dish.com.

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gMovies is operated by UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.

gMovies can be subscribed to by going to the website.

My Opinion:

Tired of other streaming companies and having to search through less than child friendly titles and images?  I think I may have your answer.  gMovies!  That’s right, gMovies.  The streaming network operated by UP – so you’ll know there won’t be any alternative lifestyle images or adult movies coming across the line ups that your child can see.  These movies are all uplifting, inspirational movies to inspire us in our faith and walk with Christ.  With several genres such as adventure, kids, Bible movies, comedy (did someone say, David A.R. White?), thrillers, and more there is something for the whole family to watch and not feel as if they are compromising their faith.  What I really enjoyed about this is I can search for a favorite Christian actor, like above, my family enjoys David A.R. White’s acting so I can search for a specific actor which helps narrow the field.

One drawback to watching is that there is no app for it on the Roku or channel on the Wii so you’re left watching on your P.C., tablet, laptop or mobile device.  I don’t like watching on the desktop as my children can’t watch with me which is the same with the laptop – so I’m usually left just watching something that appeals to me and I watch alone on my tablet.  Maybe one day they’ll create an app for the Roku or a channel for the Wii.  Overall, though I enjoy having these movies at my fingertips since I don’t have to worry about what my children will see when they access the site.  Streaming speed is good, we have high speed, and it took a couple minutes for the movie to start but once it got going it stayed streaming until the end. It’s also quite affordable at only $4.99 a month, it’s priced to compete with other streaming companies.

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FlyBy Promotions: Manic Drive VIP CD (and giveaway)


About the Album/Group:

Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

 

My Opinion:

I’ve never heard of Manic Drive until I was contacted to review their newest CD titled VIP – and so I was bit cautious at first as I must admit that I’m very picky about how the music sounds as well as the voices that sing the lyrics.  At first glance Manic Drive looks quite the boy band – with the hair and hip clothing, a little reminiscent of my time as a fan of another boy band from the late 80’s early 90’s (we won’t mention the band here, but they weren’t Christian).  However, as on who does enjoy listening to a variety of music styles from classical to country to even Irish I must admit to find myself signing along after one listening and wanting to get up and praise and worship the Lord (although it’s quite hard to do when driving a car).  My husband though didn’t care for it, he did think almost all the songs sounded to teeny-bopper like and so he quit listening, my children seemed to enjoy it – not every song but most and some were great for dancing to.

 

Overall, I like the sound even if it was maybe too young for this mom of three but I liked the lyrics and it’s something we can use when we need to get our praise on in the house or in the car.  It gets us moving and sometimes dance can be the best form or praise and worship if you lack the words needed at the time.  I’m not fond of their look – it’s a bit too young for my tastes but I know that is what young adults will see and hopefully if they love the Lord they’ll look towards the music and if they don’t then maybe the look will draw those to the Lord.  I think I will see if I can find their other album at the library, if not maybe I’ll be asking for them for Christmas!

 

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Book Review: Callie’s Contest of Courage by Jan May (and giveaway)


About the Book:

 

Eleven-year-old Callie Fleming is a passionate animal lover! She’s been waiting all year to enter photos in the I Love Nature Photo Contest. Her dad, who is the coolest dad in the world, is an award winning photographer and Marine Corps Reserves Sergeant. She is leaning on his help to win. But when her father is untimely deployed overseas and becomes strangely silent to her emails, she finds her whole world crashing down on her. Can she muster up the courage to step out on a journey that whisks her away from all the things she loves? Join Callie on a journey of hope, trust and the power of prayer!

 

Visit the New Millenneium Girls website to find out how to purchase your own copy of Callie’s Contest of Courage for $7.95 plus shipping and handling.

 

 

 

About the literature study:

Filled with faith building discussion questions, vocabulary
exercises and language arts and fun activities. Perfect for Book Clubs or individual studies.

 

You can purchase it soon for $8.95 or it’s free for a limited time when you sign up for the newsletter at the New Millennium Girls website.

 

 

 

My Opinion:

 

I had the chance to review Jan May’s other girl focused book, Isabel’s Secret, two years ago so when Jan contacted me about reading and reviewing Callie’s Contest of Courage I knew I had to accept.  Jan writes the New Millennium Girls series for girls of the ages 8 to 12 years old but if your older daughter is looking for an easy, inspiring read then she’d probably enjoy it too – I know I did but I won’t disclose my age in this review!  She desires to have books for girls who love God and want to honor Him, so her books are big on faith – if you want a book that a non-Christian could read this isn’t your book and I love that about this, I think there may be even more faith in Callie’s book than there was in Isabel’s, there simply aren’t enough Biblical girl books for girls to enjoy.  Since Callie’s dad is in the service I thought maybe we’d be dealing with the harsh reality of war and death, thankfully that wasn’t tackled in this book, but faith was – everyone had faith that Callie’s dad would come back to them.  I don’t want to give too many spoilers so I won’t divulge too much here, but this book was a great read and even had a little bit of suspense but not so much that my very sensitive 10 year old would be scared.

 

I was also give the 74 page literature guide to go along with Callie’s Contest of Courage – normally I feel that I just want my children to enjoy reading and so adding in more school takes away from that, however, this literature guide makes things fun and not so school-like.  Each chapter in the book is also in the study guide with literature focus questions, discussion questions and an activity (this could be writing out and memorizing a Bible verse, mapping and more).  To save on ink I’d suggest only printing what you need and either discuss all the questions including the literature focus ones out loud or on a separate sheet of paper.  There isn’t an answer key but the book is an easy read so moms and dads could easily read it to make sure they can discuss and check their child’s work.  This is a great tie-in and will make the lessons in the book come a bit more alive and understandable for children instead of just reading the book and forgetting it.

 

Jan also has something for boys, Spies of the Revolutionary War writing and lapbook study – although I’d think girls might be interested to especially if they are currently studying this time period or maybe know of a great grandparent who served.  The New Millennium Girls website is chock-full of extras such as other writing curricula for all ages, a homeschool resource page with links to writing contests, free writing prompts and more, so check that out and it’s free.  Also be sure to visit the bookstore where you can purchase books and curricula easily and check out Jan blog’s where she writes more on writing, homeschooling and Jesus.

 

 

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Odyssey Adventure Club iPad Mini Giveaway!


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 The end of summer is in sight, and OAC is giving away an iPad Mini back-to-school bundle!

It might seem like summer just began for your kids, so if they need some added motivation to get their homework done, remind them they can jump on the Odyssey Adventure Club after their papers are written and their math problems are solved.

As members, your kids can also listen to Album 58 before the album is released to the public! Sign up today for just $5!

Here’s what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):

It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.

Plus, here’s a sneak peek of a new episode called “The Lone Lawman”!

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 Jason, Whit, Red and the gang rustle up herds of fun while performing a new Kids’ Radio show set in the Old West. “The Lone Lawman” features a confused boy getting mixed up with a shifty band of bank robbers. Can a hero on horseback set things right? See just how wild the West can get in this action-packed send-up of old-time radio dramas.

NOW . . . on to the iPad Mini back-to-school bundle.

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. All winners will be announced August 28th on the widget on this page.

 

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit this page again on the 28th to see if you won! (You’ll see the winner’s name in the widget.)

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Green Egg Media: Power Bible Volumes 1(From Creation to the Story of Joseph) and 8 (the Light of Salvation) #grow4christ #bookreview #giveaway


About the book:

The Power Bible is a ten volume series that presents the Bible in a comic book format which appeals to all ages. From Genesis to Revelation, the Power Bible tells the truths of God’s Word in a fact-checked, fun-to-read format that kids will want to pick up again and again!

In the exciting first volume of the Power Bible series, From Creation to the Story of Joseph, read about how…
– Out of the darkness, God creates the heavens and the earth.
– He creates all living creatures, and creates man in His own image.
– Adam and Eve disobey God’s one rule to them and are driven out of the Garden of Eden.
– Meet Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and a host of other characters and read about how it all began.

 

You can purchase a copy for $14.99 at Green Egg Media.

 

About the Book:

The Power Bible is a ten volume series that presents the Bible in a comic book format which appeals to all ages. From Genesis to Revelation, the Power Bible tells the truths of God’s Word in a fact-checked, fun-to-read format that kids will want to pick up again and again!
In the spell-binding eighth volume of the Power Bible series, The Light of Salvation, read about how…

– Jesus and His disciples continue their ministry as they travel through Judea performing God’s miracles and delivering His word.
– Many people are moved by the miracles and teachings of Jesus and come to follow Him as their Savior.
– The Jewish leaders begin to feel threatened by his popularity, and come up with a plan to kill Jesus.
– Jesus concludes His earthly ministry by sharing His last supper with the disciples and putting into motion God’s plan to save the world by giving His own life.

 

You can purchase a copy for $14.99 at Green Egg Media.

 

The inside of Volume 8, The Light of Salvation or better yet, Take a Peek

 

 

My Opinion:

 

I was contacted by Green Egg Media to see if I’d like to do a review of a copy of the Power Bible, having not heard of them or the Power Bible before I went to their website and looked around and then I called my children over and asked them if they’d like me to review a copy of this Bible.  When I showed them they all three said, most definitely yes, and when I emailed Green Egg Media back to let them know I’d like to review the 1st volume they also offered me a second – so wanting to make sure I got a bit of the Old Testament and the New Testament I also asked for Volume 8.  They’ve been given the Moms Choice Award, and I can see why these are easy to read – in fact if your child struggles with reading these may help them as the words are few and are simple for ease of use and the cartoon figures make it engaging and fun, they won’t even know they’re reading!  Volume 1 is 208 pages and measures 10 by 7.3 by 0.5 inches and Volume 8 is 196 pages and measures 10 by 7.2 by 0.1 inches.  Both volumes have thick paperback covers that can withstand many openings and closings and thick pages that are meant to stand up to children using them repeatedly.

 

I read through both of these Bibles in a matter of just a few hours, that is how easy of area they are so while even my oldest, fast reader will enjoy them (she likes the kind of cartoon art that is used to illustrate) as will my non-reader and my not so strong reader.  There is something for everyone in this Bible – whether adult, child or child at heart – this will have you reading the Bible in a way that is easy to understand but in no way takes away or add to the original Scripture.  Children aren’t only reading the words but they are experiencing it which means they will linger over the illustrations AND the words allowing them to learn more and really feel what the Scripture means for them.  The engaging form that the Power Bible uses is really a great way to instill Biblical truths, if you can’t be reading right then like if you’re driving, then the Power Bible can occupy a child(ren) in the backseat, even if they can’t read the pictures can speak to them.

 

Overall, I’m very impressed with the Power Bibles I received and I hope to add the others to the collection – the Old Testament sets which are Volumes 1-6 sell for $89.90 and the New Testament set which comprise Volume 7-10 sell for $59.90 – is a great deal especially if you’re looking for something that will have a life long impression and could be a wonderful gift for a birthday, holiday or even a baptism.  These are just really awesome and all three of my children ask to read them or have me read aloud to them as they gather around to look at the pictures – I need to have a copy for each of them so they don’t fight over the copies we do have!  I’m thankful to have had the chance to read and review these because it’s rare to find a Bible like these that impart God’s Word using His Word without diluting it and making it worthless, thank you Green Egg Media for making the Power Bible available.  Be sure to check the Family Fun tab on the website for free coloring pages, verses of the week, power packs and activity pages to have even more learning fun in God’s Word.

 

 

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Giveaway:

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Encouragement for Homeschool Moms by Diana Waring Giveaway #grow4christ #giveaway


So right now, I’m part of a giveaway which has a $700 giveaway value as part of my being on Diana Waring’s Launch Team for her Experience History Through Music curricula and I’m so happy to get to bring you another giveaway.  This is one is to win a set of Diana Waring’s Encouragement for Homeschool Moms – which is a set of five digital books that will inspire you as you seek to teach your children, both educationally and spiritually.

 

 

You will receive the set of five digital books:

  1. Beyond Survival:  A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling
  2. Wings:  Giving Our Children Wings
  3. Roots:   Giving Our Chilren Roots
  4. Box Free Living workshop
  5. Once Upon a Time…..Eight Articles of Relational Homeschooling

 

Not a homeschool mom yet?  Go ahead and enter!  Veteran homeschool mom?  Go ahead and enter!  Just want to know what all us crazy moms do all day?  I guess you can enter too!  A hubby who wants to surprise his hard-working home educating wife?  Enter!  Please follow the link for the Rafflecopter form or visit my giveaway page on Facebook.

 

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Diana Waring and Friends Experience History Through Music Giveaway – $700 Value #grow4christ #homeschool


 

Diana and Friends Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Experience History Through Music, I am joining members of the Diana Waring Launch Team for an amazing giveaway. Friends of Diana have joined in and as you can see, someone’s homeschool is going to be greatly blessed!

Here’s what you could win!

 

From Diana Waring Presents

Experience History Through Music – set of 3 books with CDs ($50/set) Diana Waring Presents is about to bring back into print the BEST folk music you have ever heard, combined with the fascinating stories they represent in American history!   The Experience Music Through Historyseries includes: America – Heart of a New Nation, Westward Ho! – Heart of the Old West  and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The musicians are amazing, every instrument is real, lots of great vocalists, and more toe-tapping music than you can imagine! The books tell the stories behind the songs.  Together, they bring American history to life through it’s music!!With fascinating history books and toe-tapping folk music CDs, American history has NEVER been this fun!

Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Collection ($25) Every mom needs that word of encouragement from someone who has been there, who has grownup children and can speak with assurance about the journey. Homeschool moms have an extra portion of the journey to navigate, and often wish for an extra voice that will offer direction but without nagging or prodding. Diana Waring has that voice.

 

From A Journey Through Learning

$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the A Journey Through Learning store, applicable toward any digital download purchase.

 

From Homeschool Legacy

Westward Ho! Part I ($19.95) Load up your wagon! Discover the extraordinary times of adventurous frontiersmen and brave pioneers as you travel cross-country along the Erie Canal,  Oregon Trail, and even “remember the Alamo” in Westward Ho Part I.

Westward Ho! Part II ($19.95) Continue the exciting saga begun in Westward Ho! Part I as you journey with the forty-niners, ride the rails of the Transcontinental Railroad, experience life on the prairie, and discover the exciting era of cowboys and cattle drives in Westward Ho! Part II.

 

From Knowledge Quest Maps

Map Trek: Atlas and Outline Maps of World History ($55) Map Trek is a historical atlas plus outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history. This is a resource that any homeschool parent can use with brilliant success, even if you don’t remember a thing from your history or geography classes in public school.

 

From Home School Adventure Co.

Philosophy Adventure™ Digital Download ($39.95) Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.

 

From Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom and Real Life Press)

Firmly Planted Family Devotional Digital Volume 3 ($39) The Firmly Planted Family Series is divided into ten-week studies and is your key to making sense of the Bible—even if you’re learning right along with your children. Each lesson provides a core idea, a simple narrative, memory verses and discussion questions for children of all ages. And the companion student workbook is filled with age-appropriate, full-color, reproducible activities for children of any age!

 

From Raising Real Men

 

Free Registration to Boyhood Boot Camp or Boot Camp 9-12 LIVE webinar series (winner’s choice) plus Mom & Dad Special Raising Real Men (Book for Mom to read in the bathroom + AudioBook for Dad to listen to on the commute) ($62-69)

Free Registration for Marriage Retreat Online plus His & Hers Special of My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses (book + audiobook), ($65)

 

From Institute for Excellence in Writing

$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the IEW store, applicable toward any purchase.

 

From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

SchoolhouseTeachers.com ($139) A one year membership to the curriculum arm of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Nearly 100 classes for Pre-K to High School, taught by expert teachers, and lots of extras including the Schoolhouse Planners, Schoolhouse Expos, monthly free ebook downloads and more.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 2014 Print Book ($15) Be encouraged, enlightened, and educated with the all new 2014 Annual Print Book published by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.You’ll get a year’s worth of homeschool support in almost 300 pages in this full color one-of-a-kind print magazine for homeschoolers, by homeschoolers. This is a magazine you’ll refer to again and again.

 

From Writing with Sharon Watson

The Power in Your Hands ($53.96) With The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, they’ll learn what they need to know for high school and will be prepared for college writing.

Writing Fiction [in High School] ($35) Are you raising the next C. S. Lewis or Jane Austen? Help your students develop their fiction-writing talents with Writing Fiction [In High School]: Bringing Your Stories to Life .

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FlyBy Promotions Review: The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman #grow4christ #giveaway


About the Book:

You can picture the perfect marriage in your mind, but re-creating it in reality doesn’t come easy. Trusted counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman reasons that the most sought-after ingredient in any marriage is true oneness. In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, he presents expert wisdom and common sense methods to establishing that true unity on emotional and practical levels. Discover the wit and insight that makes his worldwide presentations and marriage conferences so popular. Are you trying to change your spouse? Do you know what it means to really love someone? Do you feel ignored or even alone in your effort to improve your marriage? Dr. Chapman has answers and action steps on topics from expressing your emotions to managing your money, all in a format that will have you and your spouse talking and learning with every page.

You can find out more at the official website for the book.

About the Author: 

As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.
Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children.
He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology.
Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.
Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

 

 

My Opinion:

 

 

I’ve had the pleasure of reading other of Gary Chapman books, such as The Five Love Languages of Children, and more – do a quick search of my blog for his name and more will pop up – and am always finding things to put to use in real life.  This book The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted is no different – useful ideas to put into work in your marriage to make it better, because lets face it, most of our marriages can use work.  At 143 pages this book is a quick read and just in time if you celebrate Valentines Day (we don’t) and only 9 chapters if you don’t read the introduction, epilogue, notes, and resources.  One thing the Lord gave us all was the ability to get married, but not everyone today feels it’s the till death do us part that it was made to be and there in lies the issue, we decide we’re no longer in love so it’s time for a divorce.

 

 

What if, you discovered love isn’t all about how you feel but rather how you live?  Gary addresses the issue, “well my spouse doesn’t want to change – they still ignore me, aren’t a Christian, etc” and says that while this is hard it isn’t us who need to change our spouses, only the Lord can do that – we have to make the decision to let the Lord change us, we are the only ones we can be resposnible for.  Is it fun or wonderful to live in a one sided marriage?  No.  However, Gary wants both spouses to read this book and partake together in the learning and growing both as people, as spouses and in the marriage that God so wants to bless.

 

 

Gary Chapman addresses why people marry – it’s way different from what the world thinks marriage is for, why spouses/people don’t change, what is love, listening, role divisions, making decisions, marital relations, how to leave and still honor parents as well as money.  I think the only thing I disagreed on in the whole book was his take on birth control and concern of overpopulation, but I don’t want to toss the whole book because of one area – the rest of the book has very valuable ideas and helps including the “Your Turn” at the end of each chapter which will allow spouses to see where their expectations are and how they can change them. Overall, this is a valuable book – whether you’re newlyweds, veterans or on the brink of divorce but want to restore your marriage, this book has something for everyone!

 

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