Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review - Happily Ever After by Gary Chapman

Review: 4 Stars

No Marriage is ever perfect. None. (But, thank the good Lord - mine is very close!) Now that we got that outta the way, let me say:
 'Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage' by Gary Chapman is a thorough and realistic book. Dr. Chapman is upfront and open, using scripture, real life stories and good counseling advice, bringing to light the issues that come up most often in marriages, - including money, in-laws, kids & yes, sex!
Dr. Chapman addresses the six most common problems that couples experience in their marriage which include fighting fair & negotiating, managing money, raising kids, a healthy sex life, and getting along with in-laws....... something I still have a need of improvement on!
Each chapter ends with "assignments" and discussion questions which will help you to dig deeper into the book, to work on that particular problem, whether together with your spouse or independently.
The book also deals with finding your love language. The five love languages are gifts, acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time. The book describes and gives an example of how each love language works, and encourages you to discover your spouse and your kids love language also.
I consider this to be a proactive book that one who is newly engaged or married could read and avoid trouble down the road, taking steps to incorporate the advice he gives. It is a book I would recommend for anyone who wants to improve their marriage......even an almost perfect marriage like my own!

[Book provided by Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review - All thoughts are my own.]

Monday, January 23, 2012

(In)spired Deals Review

"Encourage one another and build each other up." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 

In today's fast paced society and advanced technology - there's something extra special about receiving an unexpected handwritten card in the mail! It's one of the most welcomed form of communication, and speaks right to a persons heart. 

Cards are loved by all ages - it can make the elderly feel appreciated, the lonely feel loved, the stay-at-home mom feel that she's not forgotten, the single that their not alone, the teenager that their important. A card can bring a brighter day to the sick and injured, and a smile to the tired soldier. 

Send a thank-you card to a pastor, teacher, or babysitter.

A card is a reminder of love. It can bring hope and joy - send someone a card, 'just because'!

I was excited to be picked by (In)Courage to receive a Simply Marvelous 10 pack and a Simply Marvelous thank you 3 pack from Dayspring. They also sent me a card organizer for all of my new wonderful cards! 

In exchange they wanted to know who I would send a card to and why.

I am sending/giving my first card to my oldest daughter. She is almost eleven and is so special to me! I want her to know how much I love her and am thankful for her help around the house - baking, cleaning, feeding the animals and helping to watch her little brother and sister for me. 

Someone in your life needs to know that they matter and that you are thankful for them. Will you pray for that person and send them a card today? 

DaySpring’s mission is to help you share your heart and God’s love. They have many items to choose from. 

Please Note: DaySpring did provide me with the above item to review for free. All thoughts expressed here are my own though, and I was not paid to write this review. 


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