What an awesome way to celebrate the holiday of love ... Valentine's Day ... guys and girls, don't forget to spend a little extra time loving on your special and significant other.
It was a great opportunity to be part of the "Love Is In the Air" blog tour. In the coming paragraphs my wife and I share what we have learned from three books. Go find the books OR click on the book titles to go buy it at Amazon. Read on and be encouraged as we have been...
In this unique book, the Scruggs share their story of marriage, divorce and remarriage. After having an affair their lives and their marriage was ruined. The wonderful truth of their story is that is doesn't end there. They found the grace of God and a second chance to say "I DO". The book describes things under the surface that hurt their relationship and slowly destroyed their marriage. People need to see and know that restoration is possible in our spiritual relationship with God and in our relationships with other humans. There is hope even in the worst of situations and great reward when a couple seeks God, healing and restoration. This is an excellent story and a good read.
AUTHOR BIO: Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries, and for the past several years they have shared their incredible story of a marriage restored with audiences across the nation. Jeff is an account manager with OshKosh B'Gosh, and Cheryl has served as director of the Frisco, Texas, office of the Center for Christian Counseling. They live in Dallas, Texas with their two college-age daughters.
Gary Chapman is a gifted author and has given us a devotion to be shared by married couples. Each day is a short 2 page read dealing with a wide variety of topics we each have in our lives. The book is broken down into 9 parts most with 11 daily reading in each. One of the highlights is the character traits discussed in the devotions...like kindness, honesty and forgiveness. The reading for each day ends with a simple prayer that draws wife and husband to reflect together on the topic. Easy to read and hold, this book is ncouraging for any who choose to use it.
AUTHOR BIO: Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-six books, including the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. His daily radio program, A Love Language Minute, is broadcast on more than 100 stations nationwide. Dr. Chapman, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, Wake-Forest University, and Southwestern Seminary, serves on a church staff in North Carolina.
2 books come with this. One for the guy and one for the girl ... for women only: what you need to know about the inner lives of men and for men only: a straight forward guide to the inner lives of women.
for women only was read by my precious wife, Julie. She learned that men are more emotional than most women think. Men have fragile egos. Respect from the wife is an important part of what men need. The Bible impresses women to make this a part of their relationship because men strong need to feel accomplishment. Men have a strong burden to provide for their family, and this is something that men think about often and women need to understand that. Much of the time women think that men just want sex for sex sake, but it's emotional for him as well. Men feel rejected when their wives say no. The feeling of rejection is not just in the bedroom but in life. This is an eye opening book for married women and for those looking to get married.
for men only is a similar book and shares insight for men to understand their wives. The book shares 6 keys that will help men strengthen their relationship with their wives and to understand what she is thinking and why she does what she does. Those 6 keys are reassurance, emotions, security, listening, sex and beauty. 8 chapters not only deal with misconceptions but share ways to make marriage stronger. Getting honest with each other and seeking to understand how we are made will bring a couple to have a marriage that will last and have fulfillment.
AUTHOR BIO: Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn hold graduate degrees from Harvard University and are popular national speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs. They are also active church members and the parents of two young children, and they enjoy every minute of living life at warp speed.