Prayers of Blessing Over My Marriage by: Bruce H. Wilkinson

Prayers of Blessing over My MarriagePrayers of Blessing over My Marriage by Bruce H. Wilkinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Why is growing spiritually so important to a marriage relationship? Growing spiritually as a couple provides you with the foundation you need to maximize the full experience of your relationship Much of the conflict that couples face stems from a lack of spiritual and/or emotional maturity. But growing spiritually as a couple doesn’t happen just because you are saved, or even because you attend church or a small group. Growing spiritually results from ongoing exposure to, study of, and application of God’s word. It also results from a continual abiding Christ himself.

Marriage is a tool in God’s tool box to grow us up in his likeness. We learn forgiveness, grace and humility in a marriage. However, you have two people that come together than can be selfish, unkind and ungrateful in a marriage setting.

This text is not only a tool for our marriages but also a guide to pray over your marriage Each chapter starts with scripture and goes on to preparing our hearts to become more like Christ. Each chapter also goes into praising God that we may be reminded of who he is in our marriage. The text moves into presenting the situation. A time to think of what was read and how your heart is pulled. The chapter then ends on prayer to keep the focus on your part of the marriage and your response. Our response is how we love and connect with God the Father and our spouse.

I do think this is a good marriage tool to identify problems in our spiritual relationship with God and your spouse. There is no perfect marriage but it is in the imperfection that beauty comes to light.

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Miles From Where We Started by: Cynthia Ruchti

Miles from Where We StartedMiles from Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In marriage we must choose to celebrate the good to tolerate the bad. It is not about what we deserve but whom we choose. It is called commitment.

Mallory and Conner have just started their marriage and now they are in the brink of ending the marriage. A breakdown of communication, an overwhelming emotion of fear, Conner is determined to end his marriage to the one he committed himself to for life.

The narration begins with the emotional breakdown of where do I go from here, what can I do, and the biggest why. As the emotions are raw they also unravel as you begin to know Mallory and Conner. What their desires were for marriage and also their fears.

But before the marriage ends for good. Conner must ask Mallory one favor to save his career. Will she go on a roadtrip with him and 11 year old foster kid to film a youtube RoadRave. Adventures in Road Trips with a twist. You don’t know where you are going from day to day and whom you will meet. On this trip, they begin to see marriage, their lives and faith in a different light. Judah the 11 year old foster boy, adds so much to this story of redemption. A boy that has suffered loss and abandonment is finding his own redemption thru Conner’s and Mallory’s redemption. It reaches for the heart and pulls. It begs the question what it means to be cherished, loved and respected. That we all have a story and we don’t know the whole story.

Faith plays an important role for Mallory as she desires to see how she fits in with God’s redemptive plan. Many times in novels like this, it becomes the other way around. How does God fit into my despair. I think that is why Ruchti is one of my favorite Christian authors.

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Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by: Dannah Gresh

Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them FreeLies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Dannah Gresh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We may not be able to control the things that happen to us, but the things that happen to us don’t have to control us. God gives you TRUTH.

Lies come in many forms, we hear the lies from ourselves and others. This book is geared toward tweens and how a lie becomes to fester and the consequences of those lies take hold of our lives and the ones we love. The format of this text is conversational with a made up tween Zoey that can be like any other tween. A young girl that desires to be accepted and is maneuvering her way around relationships and the culture and the will of God. Each chapter begins with a lie and what Zoey is believing. Her relationships with her friends and her parents. Each lie than is lead to a truth. The lie is spelled out in that we can miss what a lie is. For example. One lie is My sin isn’t that big of deal. It goes on to say how we let this lie consume our life and how we act on that lie. It then ends with a scripture and a journal entry that makes you think about that lie. i.e. Write down any sins in your life that you don’t think are a big deal. After your written confession, a note from Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and a truth nugget that will help your tween to fight off the lie

Just like in the Garden of Eden, sin starts with a lie. This is not only for your teen, but for you as well.

How we cooperate with deception. We listen to the lies, we dwell on the lie, we believe the lie and we act on the lie.

There were many helpful hints but I appreciated the importance of relationships. One being that of a daughter and mother. One helpful hint was that it can be difficult for our daughters to share with their mothers the sin they are wrestling with, the suggestion was to start a journal that you both write in. The daughter with her struggle and later the mom responds in journal form as well. This open the gate for conversation. Sometimes the hardest part is just starting. This way it gives each person time to think and ponder and respond thoughtfully and not reacting emotionally.

I highly recommend this to be read by both mother and daughter and if possible in a bible study session. It helps to see others struggle with the same issues.

A Special Thank you to Moody Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Suffering is Never for Nothing by: Elisabeth Elliot

Suffering Is Never for NothingSuffering Is Never for Nothing by Elisabeth Elliot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s only in the cross that we can begin to harmonize this seeming contradiction between suffering and love. And we will never understand suffering unless we understand the love of God.

Spoken from a woman who knows suffering. I have read several of her books and her devotion to the Lord will keep me reading more. She has lost 3 husbands and suffered many losses but instead of looking inward, she looks to Jesus. I know this may sound abstract and idealist, however, it is in suffering we know God in a deeper level that is why suffering is never for nothing.

The six chapters are built upon a foundation of faith. It takes faith to walk thru suffering and faith is the hope in what is not seen. Faith is not knowing all the answers or why’s but the who and that is capital WHO.

1) Chapter 1 – The Terrible Truth
2) Chapter 2- The Message
3.) Chapter 3 – The acceptance
4> Chapter 4 – The Gratitude
5.) Chapter 5 – Offering
6.) Chapter 6 Transfiguration

Each chapter flows from the other giving you hope for the suffering you are in. Highly recommend.

A Special Thank you to B & H Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Quinn’s Promise Rock: No Matter Where, God is Always There by: Christie Thomas

Quinn's Promise Rock: No Matter Where, God Is Always ThereQuinn’s Promise Rock: No Matter Where, God Is Always There by Christie Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anxiety and fear can rule our little ones heart. And with fear, it becomes impossible to love but love cast out all fear when we receive the love of God.

A father Owl shows his son Quinn how God keeps his promise when we are fearful. While little owl puts his focus on what could go wrong, father owl reminds his son on the promises that God will be there and knows his fears. He reminds his son what God has done and will do.

This can be abstract as a parent as bad things happen but as a parent we can reassure our children of our own love and desire to protect those that we love. Just like the Lord does for us. It is taking our circumstances and emotions and looking at God’s perspective. That is a life long lesson for all who follow Jesus and one we want to instill in our children. This book is a great resource for just that.

A Special Thank you to Harvest House Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Love Made: A Story of God’s Overflowing, Creative Heart by: Quina Aragon

Love Made: A Story of God’s Overflowing, Creative HeartLove Made: A Story of God’s Overflowing, Creative Heart by Quina Aragon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Father loving the Son and the Son right right back, the Spirit rejoicing in it all. All that He made out of love. A perfect love union. Not out of need? Forever intact. You see, God is Love, the Father, The Spirit, the Son. And Love loved so much that Love made us, Loved caused creation and now all that He made in Six days was an overflow of that: God’s happiness within Himself bubbled over to make creation sharing with His joy, allowing them to know and Praise Him.

I am bubbled over this sweet read to little ones that bubbles over the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. A love that gives, teaches not of need but of enjoyment thru creation. What God has made is good because He is good. If anything, this little study for little hearts is about joy. A reminder for us as parents and grandparents. Highly recommend.

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Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2)Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He has locked himself in a prison made of laws and rules, where grace and mercy aren’t allowed. I wonder how much more pain he will have to suffer before his prison walls begin to crumble.

After meeting her biological grandmother in Michigan and returning home to Chicago, Anna Nicholson is determined to walk in her new faith and discover what happened to her biological mother who died saving her in a boating accident. Anna’s adoptive parents have been supportive in sharing Anna’s past with her and encouraging her to know her grandmother. But now that Anna is engaged to be married to one of Chicago’s most influential socialite the whose who of Chicago, her parents are fearful of what the past might bring up. Was Anna’s mother immoral and who was her father?

The narration goes back and forth between Anna and her grandmother Geesje de Jonge . Her grandmother has agreed to house a young troubled girl and her grandfather has they adapt to their new country. The pair are dealing with loss of family and country and emotional turmoil as they live in fear of the past. The pair only have each other but the hurt that they share is done alone. Geesje breaks down the walls and offers hope of the gospel.

Between the two narrations, secrets are revealed and faith is restored. Loved how historical Chicago was brought to life and rich or poor, we need the gospel of grace and mercy.

A Special Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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