9.30.2013

10 Great Dates: Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage

Finally, a Way to Connect Spiritually That You'll BOTH Enjoy!While juggling the kids, work, church, and community commitments, are you and your spouse finding time to connect? When was the last time you had a good talk about faith or did a devotional together?

To help you jump-start deeper connections, four marriage experts have come up with 10 creative date ideas, each centered on a spiritual theme, including
Appreciating your differences
Experiencing God together
Facing the storms of life
Connecting through prayer

With the planning taken care of--including flexible suggestions for before, during, and after the date--you and your spouse can simply enjoy the time sharing what's important in life.
 
Sigh. What can I say? Every couple, young or old, newly weds or long timers, perfect marriage or on the rocks, NEEDS to read this book. Somedays I feel so overwhelmed trying to juggle work, home, family, friends, plus the million other little things I have to do. Wait? Did I forget my husband? Where do I fit him into this mix? Gah! This book is a great couples devotional, to help you grow together, spiritually, which in let's everything else fall into place. I believe we need to be right with God and our partners so we can share the trials and struggles life throws at us. Great study for a couples group session!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

 

Dangerous Passage By: Lisa Harris

When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common--a magnolia tattoo on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. As they venture deep into a sinister criminal world, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities--and their hearts.

Dangerous Passage exposes a fully realized and frightening world where every layer peeled back reveals more challenges ahead. You'll be hooked from the start.

What genre can we classify this novel? Suspense? Romance? Mystery? A tale of betrayl, healing, faith, love? There's so much going on! I have to admit, I skipped ahead and then went back because I had to know what happened. Harris tends to bring the reader to the brink and insert another twist to the plot, certainly keeps you turning the page. She's definitely on my authors to keep an eye out for list!


"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Parenting Your Powerful Child by: Dr. Kevin Leman

Don't let those cherublike faces fool you.
Your smart kids have an agenda--and they're workin' ya.
Powerful kids don't just happen. They're created, and their power comes in different packages. Whether loud and temperamental, quiet and sensitive, or stubborn and manipulative, powerful children can make living with them a challenge. But it doesn't have to be that way.

In Parenting Your Powerful Child, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers a practical action plan to redirect your child's power surges into positive traits that will prepare your child for a successful, happy, and productive adult life. With these simple but effective techniques, you can transform your home from a daily battle zone to a safe and peaceful place. All it takes is a little determination--and some small changes on your part--to make a huge difference in your family life.

Ready for the power struggle to end?


When it comes to winning at parenting, Leeman is the man! When I saw this book I knew I had to read it as I have a power hungry about-to-turn-3 year old who if you give an inch, takes a foot!
This book was more an eye opener for me and my parenting than about my son, made me realize he didn't just become that way, it's how I made him. Although some of the stuff he said I didn't want to hear (may be denial) I knew what he was saying was right. I sure hope to be able to apply these tactics to my everyday life and turn around the power struggle!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Trapped By: Irene Hannon

A runaway teen, a desperate sister, and an intrepid PI determined to discover the truth
When Laura Griffith's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned private investigator James Devlin to help. Dev knows time is of the essence with runaways--just forty-eight hours can mean the difference between recovery and ruin.

But the deeper he and Laura dig, the more Dev begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And in the icy winter weather, the trail is going cold . . .

In her latest thrilling read, queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon outdoes herself with a fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.




Not my first Hannon novel and surely not my last! Hannon starts the action right out of the gate and builds on the suspense but keeps you guessing right til the end! I've always found I need to make sure I have lots of time to read because I never want to put her books down once I start! Would definitely recommend if you love a good mystery novel with a bit of romance mixed in!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

This is our Love (Book & CD)

What does the Bible say about the Father’s heart for the poor? About justice and compassion in action? What does it actually mean to lay down our lives for the broken?
In this unique compilation, singers / songwriters from across Canada have come together to seek God’s heart in answering these challenging questions.
This new Worship CD features the worship music of 16 top Canadian artists and musicians. The companion 160 page devotional book, written by Dr Jody Cross, reveals the story and biblical truths behind each song.
This resource will inspire your heart, spark your thoughts, and propel you forward in your efforts to honour the Giver. May you be impacted and challenged to truly do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
 
 This book will challenge you. Challenge you to stand up, to stand firm and to reach out in faith, believing. It's great that you don't have to read it all in one sitting. It's split up into short chapters so you can read a bit here and there, more like a devotional and there are songs to go along with it. I would suggest taking one chapter every couple days, listen to the lyrics of the song, let it challenge you to be the change you want to see in the world, be like Christ, for Christ.
I would definitely recommend it for a youth Bible study night. Definitely has some great truth that we could apply to our lives daily, old or young!


"Book has been provided courtesy of World Vision and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at
Churches.WorldVision.ca/resources".