Archive | February, 2012

The Love & Respect Experience by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

15 Feb

The Love and Respect Experience by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

 

                This is a great devotional book for husbands and wives looking for a Christian perspective on how to have a stronger marriage. This devotional uses the principles from Dr. Eggerichs book “Love & Respect” to do bite size devotions to help you live the principles out in your daily life. Each individual devotional ends with a prayer example so you can pray for guidance on the principle taught, as well as an action to help you apply what you have learned.

                First of all, this book is not for you if you are just looking for backup to justify why your spouse should change. This book is for anyone who understands that marriage is a two-way street, and therefore requires work on your part as well. While it is not necessary to have the book “Love & Respect” to read this devotional, it is helpful as he references this book throughout. You should also be ready with a Bible handy as this book is definitely full of scripture.

                I like that the sections are small, allowing for time to digest the information received throughout the week. The principles are things that can be worked on realistically, and the book gives real life perspectives throughout. I also like that this book is not just about what not to do in marriage, but about what to do instead. I love that the writer understands that love is an action not a feeling.  The devotionals are easy to read and understand with the information from the devotionals building on the principles from the one before it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling in their marriage, or who just wants to make a good marriage stronger.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Our Reading Struggles

13 Feb

In our lessons, Danger Girl excels in many subjects. Math, for the most part, is one of her best subjects. You can sit her down and explain the concept, then leave her to work on her own for the most part. Science is another subject she does well in; particularly when it comes to observing animals or insects. She loves for me to read to her about the behaviors of different animals, and will get very involved, wanting to do further study.

This is all great, but when it comes to reading we have struggled. Until just recently Danger Girl has had no desire to read on her own. She would give up before even trying, insiting that reading was too hard. Even after a couple of successes in reading she would still complain that she couldn’t do it.

Well, with a little help from a friend of mine, I think we finally have her interest in reading piqued. My friend has worked with her a little one on one, and has introduced her to some stories she is interested in. In the last month or so, Danger Girl has begun to pick up books to read all on her own. She has actually started to try and make out new words, and discuss what she is reading. Of course, the reading is slow right now, but it IS happening.

It is amazing to see these types of transformations. As a lover of books myself, I am hoping that she will end up with a love of reading. At least now we are on the right track.

( It would be interesting to hear from others who have had struggling learners in this department. What ended up working for you?)

A Book Review from a previous blog

10 Feb

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook, Slaying the Living Dead Within by Jeff Kinley

Rating: **

This book is part fiction, part commentary on the Christian life. The author goes back and forth between a fictional story of a man who is confronted with a world of zombie attacks brought on by a virus that is inside everyone. Between each chapter of this story, the author gives a commentary of the analogy between this fictional story of zombie attacks, and what he calls the “zombie” that lives inside each Christian which is the sinful part of us that constantly struggles against our new Christian self.
This book had the potential to be intriguing, but somewhere fell short for me. The idea that the sinful man in each of us is like a zombie waiting to come out rings true of the struggle each Christian goes through to change the person they are to the person God calls us to be. Saying this, it was somewhat disorienting to go back and forth between the fictional story and the commentary, taking away from both parts for me. It also felt somewhat insulting that as the reader I was not given the opportunity to draw the analogy myself from the story. Much of what the author wrote I agreed with, though I did not feel his view of baptism being figurative rather than literal was accurate. I also did not agree with his view that we are born as sinful people. I cannot say I would recommend this book to others, but I would not discourage others from reading it.

 

Previously posted on 10/22/11 as a Book Sneeze Review

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255