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My Favorite Book

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So, as with so many good intentions, I got way behind on my reading and posting book reviews.  It just occurred to me that there is no better re-entry point than the Book I am currently reading.  Every January I try to choose a new Bible reading plan that will take me through the Bible in one year.  I have accomplished this feat several times, but the last few years have been slightly overwhelming.  This year, I found the Archaeological Study Bible.  I already know that I will not likely make it through its entirety before December 31 makes its cold appearance.  The reason, however, is not that I am losing interest or “getting behind.”  I am thoroughly absorbed in The Story.  The historical footnotes and the archaeological articles on almost every page are utterly fascinating, and instead of reading for “the check mark” on the day’s reading assignment, I am slowly digesting the portions I can fit in to my daily schedule.  For the first time ever, I was disappointed that I had come to the end of Deuteronomy- sad that there were no more Moses stories to look forward to, yet excited to see what Joshua had in store for me.  This is no small thing for someone who knows the stories inside and out and gets bored easily with the re-telling.  I am LOVING the fresh excitement I have found as the Scripture comes to life with the customs of the time and the historical comparisons to other cultures of the era.

The Archaeological Study Bible is available in several translations.  If you want to revitalize your devotion or study time and you enjoy history and cultures, this just may be your solution!

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.

Wake Up, Generation – Paige Omartian

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In the young adult motivational/self-help genre, this book should receive all the awards available!  Paige Omartian is an extremely rare young lady with a passion for spurring young people to define and achieve their dreams, awaken their passions, and act on their calling.  Diagnosed with cancer at age 10, she fought the fight and is living the lessons life has taught her so far.  With real-life examples of young people who dared to live their purpose as teenagers and clear directions for defining your gifts, abilities, and passions, as well as an easy-to-follow formula for writing a life mission statement and putting it into immediate practice, Wake Up, Generation is a must-read for every teen and young adult!

I just can’t say enough good about this book.  In a society of apathetic, bored teenagers, Paige Omartian is sounding the alarm to her generation to Wake Up!  When it is released (I believe the projected date is September), I urge you to run to your nearest bookseller and buy a copy for every teenager you know.  If you are a youth worker or Sunday school teacher, this would make a life-changing teaching series for your group- buy a copy for every student and read through it together; have the teens do the end of chapter challenges in class or as a homework assignment.  Or better yet, host a young ladies’ weekend retreat (or a combined youth retreat) and spend the weekend developing a life action plan for every girl (and boy)!   Can you tell I’m excited about this one?  I can’t wait to get a copy for the teens in my church youth group and work through it with them!

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

How to Ruin Your Life by 30 – Steve Farrar

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Expanding on his speech given at his son’s graduation, Steve Farrar gives young adults an excellent guide for establishing a solid foundation.  With topics such as the law of cause and effect, finding God’s purpose, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and being a life-long learner, he helps young adults with practical ways they can establish a rock-solid life.  When you are 20, you can’t imagine being 30, but in the blink of an eye it seems 30 is approaching, and many 20-somethings find themselves wondering who they are supposed to be.  Instead of purposefully planning their life, many young adults allow life to just happen and find themselves in their 30s scrambling to build a life (or rebuild a life) on a weak foundation.

Farrar makes a statement in the first chapter that sets the theme for the remaining chapters and which should become a warning beacon for every young adult:  “Every choice in life – every thought, word, and action – brings a return of circumstances with it.  You will reach the age of thirty only by traveling the road through eighteen, twenty-one, and twenty-five.  And the choices in life during those quickly passing years will entirely determine the person you will be at thirty.”

How to Ruin Your Life by 30 – Nine Surprisingly Everyday Mistakes You Might Be Making Right Now will make a fantastic gift for high school and college graduations or a valuable teaching series for a College/Career Sunday school class.

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