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31 Days to a Happy Husband- Arlene Pellicane

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Okay, I have to admit I was skeptical about this one, but really…who doesn’t want a happy husband?  So, I jumped on the Bullet Train for a fast-forward ride through 31 Days to a Happy Husband.  Let’s face it, sometimes we wives need to be reminded of our role in God’s divine order.  Sometimes we need to be reminded of why we fell in love with our husband.  Sometimes we need to be reminded of why he was the perfect one.  Thank you, Arlene Pellicane, for your transparency and your humor as you approached some delicate topics.

The introduction is titled, “Are You Still Dreaming?”  The author then approaches five key areas of marriage through the acrostic DREAM- Domestic tranquility, Respect, Eros, Attraction, Mutual activities.  With real-life experiences from such well-known individuals as Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Cliff and Joyce Penner, Tim Hawkins, Bob Meissner, and Bob Lepine, this was not a hard read.  The points are clearly made, and it truly is an enjoyable look into what makes a good marriage.  Although there are many, many noteworthy quotes from the book, perhaps my favorite is this one:

“I asked a group of professional men, ‘You are leaders at work making tough decisions and saying hard things to other coworkers and subordinates.  Why don’t you just tell your wife when you have an unmet need in your life?’  The answer was so funny.  ‘We can get another job.'”

Daily challenges and chapter discussion guides make this a perfect book for a ladies Bible study, Sunday school class, or a neighborhood book club.

Although the title of this book is 31 Days to a Happy Husband, the end result is more likely to be a Happier Wife!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Don’t Throw Your Junk In My Backyard!

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“Don’t throw your junk in my backyard, my backyard, my backyard;

Don’t throw your junk in my backyard, my backyard’s full!”

In the car, on the way home from school a number of years ago, my third grader was singing this song.  She had learned it in choir as part of an exercise to teach harmony.  A catchy tune, I find myself humming it or singing it on a regular basis as I go throughout my day.  One day, as I encountered yet another person sharing the latest complaints and “concerns” with me, I found this song going through my mind.  As I paused to reflect on it, I realized what a wonderful motto it makes.

As a pastor’s wife, I hear my fair share of grumbling and “I can’t believe they did that!” type conversations.  I think ladies are more vulnerable than men are to these well-meaning people, mostly other ladies.  Maybe it’s because we are good listeners; maybe it’s because we haven’t mastered the male far away look in the eye along with the distracted “I’m sorry, what did you say?”  Maybe it’s because we girls feel a certain responsibility to share our feelings with our friends.  Whatever the reason, I have come to the conclusion that I have enough of my own “junk;” I don’t need yours cluttering up my mind, too.  See, as a woman, I have plenty of my own opinions.  I come by it honestly – just don’t tell my mother I said as much!  Everyday, I have to diligently work to keep my attitude in check and the “backyard” of my mind free from clutter and distractions.  I cannot hear the Lord speaking to me if I am too busy shutting out the preacher’s voice because I do not agree with something he did or said.  I cannot receive loving correction from the authority in my life when my attitude is not right or I am mortified that my faults have been exposed.

I can’t let a day go by without cleaning up my “junk;” because if I do, it will multiply; and before long, I will not be able to contain it all in the limited storage space of my own mind.  Then, I will find myself throwing my junk in your backyard, and if you are at all like me, you don’t need any extra junk.  So please, “Don’t throw your junk in my backyard; my backyard’s full!”

The American Challenge – What Every American Should Know About Their Own Country

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Robert C. Etheredge has masterfully compiled a go-to resource of American history that EVERY American needs to read- whether they are natural-born citizens who have lived here all their lives or first-generation immigrants.  The American Challenge is well-written and easy to read and includes a short summary of the major events in American history in timeline format, relating these events to what was happening in the world-at-large at the same time.  Also included is a short biography of each President, lists of American poets, songs, movies, books, food, inventions…everything that America is famous for and that a well-educated American should know about his country!  A copy of the founding documents as well as a transcript of important speeches given by key leaders in both ancient and recent history is included.

I believe every American should read this book and have a mastery of the content within.  Do you know who becomes President if both the Vice President and the Speaker of the House are unable to fill the vacancy?  Do you know which denomination of money is called a “fin”?  What about a “sawbuck”?  Do you know who Pecos Bill was?  Betsy Ross?  Black Bart?  John Dillinger?  Do you know what Walt Disney’s first two movies were?  Have you heard the story of the “Candy Bomber”?

I challenge you to take the Citizenship Test included at the end.  Can you pass the test required to become a naturalized American citizen?  Do you think it would be a good idea to require every American to pass the Citizenship Test (thus demonstrating an understanding of American history and how our government works) and take the oath of allegiance before being issued their first voting rights?  Would doing so give American voters a better understanding of the responsibility and privilege of choosing our leaders?  Would it encourage Americans to vote according to their world-view and truly-held values rather than which political party captures their attention?