Monday, December 31, 2012

KJV Brides Bible Review

Recently I had the privilege to review this wonderful well put together bible from Thomas Nelson
signature series bible collection. The Bride's Bible is designed specifically for what it says , it's a bible to give a bride on her wedding day .It's a thin line edition small able to carry in a purse or pocket and has a absolutely gorgeous cover. In the front it has places to present it to bride on her wedding day and places to put pictures in as well! I even had my mother fill out some of it for me! It is a wonderful keepsake that any bride would cherish for a lifetime! 
I highly recommend considering this a gift for the special bride in your life! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Real Marriage - Marc and Grace Driscoll

My Thoughts…

This is the first book I've read by Mark Driscoll. I'll will admit it: I was drawn in by a desire to see what all the fuss is about, I have heard nothing but rave reviews. After getting the DVD based study in the mail my husband and I read it, my conclusion is that there's more smoke than fire. My guess some of the content is going to be shocking to some folks, but other books on Christian marriage also cover the same topics--Including a book by our Pastor. Honestly we both thought it was NOT for us…kind eh!

The first part of the book is about marriage. Mark and Grace share bluntly about their marriage and sexual history, including Grace's history of sexual assault…Ok I totally identify with that personally. Although they are very forth coming, I didn't like it…I can't put my finger on why.
Part two is about sex. Chapter Six is a theology of sex. Chapter 7 is written by Grace and talks about healing from sexual abuse…again I identify with this part. Chapter 8 is a great explanation of the dangers and exploitation associated with pornography. Chapter 9 talks about the attitude we should have toward marital sex--servant as opposed to selfish. Chapter 10 is the infamous "Can we___" chapter. 

If you are a pastor, counselor, or life coach and reading this review I would ask that you read the book first and prayerfully decide whether you would recommend it or not. 

I would recommend this book to certain people in my life…NOT everyone. However I am grateful for Mark and Grace's ministry in their home, for the sake of Christ's Church, and their commitment to tackle all things related to the gospel through the lenses of Scripture, their own experiences, and with a passion for Jesus Christ. I DO believe that their a many people who could benefit from reading this book and being involved in the bible study...

From the Publisher…
Most marriage books assume the author did it right. Most marriage books barely mention friendship. Most marriage books use "intimacy" as code for "sex." This is not one of those books.
In Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, share how they have struggled and how they have found healing through the power of the only reliable source: the Bible. They believe friendship is fundamental to marriage but not easy to maintain. So they offer practical advice on how to make your spouse your best friend - and keep it that way. And they know from experience that sex-related issues need to be addressed directly.

About the Author…
Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington and is one of the world's most-downloaded and quoted pastors. His audience--fans and critics alike--spans the theological and cultural left and right. He was also named one of the "25 Most Influential Pastors of the Past 25 Years" by Preaching magazine, and his sermons are consistently #1 on iTunes each week for Religion & Spirituality with over 10 million of downloads each year. 

Pastor Mark received a B.A. in Speech Communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, and he holds a masters degree in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of fifteen books.

  • Hardcover:
  • 272 pages
  • Publisher:
  • Thomas Nelson (January 3, 2012)
  • Language:
  • English
  • ISBN-10:
  • 140020383X
  • ISBN-13:
  • 978-1400203833

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Secure Daughter, Confident Sons

"Secure Daughter, Confident Sons," by Glenn T. Stanton and was impressed. There is a lot of research in this book (science and religion don't have to contradict each other) as well as some biblical backing. Overall, this is a solid read for Christian parents. For non-Christians, it still has some great advice, but some parts of it may grate on you.

As the father of a daughter and two sons, I could see the gender-specific characteristics in my children that Stanton outlines in the book. I'm encouraged in the ways my wife and I can help guide our daughter and sons into healthy manhood and womanhood. Boys don't become men by accident. Men are made. Similarly, men need to initiate boys into manhood, and this can be done through creative ceremonies. Men need to challenge boys, calling out the man that is in them. They need to show boys what it looks like to be a man of God, and challenge them to follow that example.

"Stanton states clearly in the book, that there isn't a difference in value between men and women, boys and girls, but there is a clear difference in role and other attributes. The author doesn't seek to further the macho-man, little-princess-girl mentality. Nor does he push the everyone is the same agenda. Very clearly, Stanton wants us to know that there is a middle ground, and he intends to stay there."

I appreciated the parenting advice in this book, having three small children: a son and boy/girl twins and probably future children, this is nice to have. For those who are in single-parent homes, there is still wisdom to be gleaned, but it might be a little tougher to weed out. I don't think that is an indictment against that segment of the population. Instead, I think Stanton had to focus on one group of parents, and that is the group he chose.

Overall, this is a nice book by an author who has done his research. It is also a book on a topic that can be a little politically-charged. It's nice to see someone able to come into that environment and present a reasonable argument. I would recommend it!

Publishers description….
Raise secure, confident kids in a gender-confused world

In this eye-opening book, family researcher Glenn T. Stanton offers a clear vision for why gender matters in how we raise our children. His thought-provoking insights expose the problems with stifling stereotypes and damaging cultural assumptions, then highlight a practical pathway for guiding children into healthy manhood and womanhood.

You’ll discover…
   ·  what gender-appropriate behavior looks like at various ages—and why you shouldn’t panic if your toddler boy plays with his sister’s dolls. 
   ·  how to help your daughter become secure in her sense of significance—whether she prefers chasing butterflies or shooting hoops.
   ·  how to inspire your son to compete and take healthy risks—in ways that fit his unique personality.
   ·  how moms and dads complement one another as they discipline differently, comfort differently, and influence differently.
   ·  what you can do on a daily basis to nurture your children’s God-given design and help them resist the pressure to conform to arbitrary cultural rules. 

With practical tools, well-researched insights, and real-life scenarios, this book equips parents to launch daughters who are secure in the power of their femininity and sons who are confident in their strength to make a difference in the world.

What is being said….
"The culture tells us that the lines separating male and female are meaningless, but Glenn Stanton has tapped into the critical importance of recognizing and cultivating the distinct qualities of boys and girls. His book gives parents practical tools to help them appreciate and develop the femininity of their dauthers and the masculinity of their sons. Glenn's work demonstrates that each gender is uniquely gifted by God for a purpose, and by celebrating these gender-specific behaviors and attitudes, we strengthen families and help men and women find purpose and fulfillment."
-Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Famliy
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601422946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601422941
***Please note that I received this book for free from Waterbrook-Multnomah in exchange for this unbiased review.