A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people.A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people. Even though I wouldn't quite go so far as the ten Boom family in how the women taught, but I was still blessed by this book and the stories told.
A couple quotes:
"Children need the wisdom of their elders; the aging need the encouragement of a child's exuberance."
"How grateful I am to have lived in my Father's house! Yes, Lord, I thank You for this family. I looked at my friends, gathered for an afternoon tea and memories, and thanked the Lord for the family of believers all over this globe. How the love of God stretched in and out of the watchmaker's shop to all parts of the world--to mansions in California and hospitals in Kenya, from queens to prison guards."...more
This is a fun children's story, almost mad-cap, with mishaps and people talking at the same time--but also realistic in that way. With animals galoreThis is a fun children's story, almost mad-cap, with mishaps and people talking at the same time--but also realistic in that way. With animals galore and interesting people and events, I think most children would enjoy this book, if not adults like me. :) Mostly the children were well-behaved or had good intentions even with all their secrets and schemes. A missing violin, snake, and mink on the loose are a few of the fun adventures you'll encounter....more
This is a story first and foremost about keeping up appearances, trying to be good or look good to the church and others. I struggle with this, so th This is a story first and foremost about keeping up appearances, trying to be good or look good to the church and others. I struggle with this, so the story hits close to home. Motives are key, and this book goes into that. The mystery starts slowly, and grows in intensity and interest, leading this way and that. It is not that action-packed, as are some mysteries, but there is a depth of writing skill, smells and pictures coming alive, moods that you feel along with the characters. Though I somewhat disagree with the book's message that rules are bad, I do agree there should be much grace and care with people, and the how and why of things. We cannot earn salvation, for sure, as the author subtly points out. She seems to go beyond it a bit and say Christians shouldn't concern themselves about much of anything, such as what music to listen to, etc., so I had mixed feelings about that. Overall a pretty good read with more meat than some novels I've read....more
Though I am not a bride--new or old--I wanted to read this book and have it in my collection. As I was hoping, it has many helpful thoughts for me atThough I am not a bride--new or old--I wanted to read this book and have it in my collection. As I was hoping, it has many helpful thoughts for me at this stage of life, when I am preparing for the possibility of someday getting married.
The books is separated into two large parts, five smaller parts, and 40 short chapters. I was glad for the small chapters and sections within chapters, making it easy to digest. Each chapter ends with a "prayer prompt" and "a wife's call to action." The whole book is chock full of Scripture, but especially the prayers. They are not always word-for-word quotes from Scripture, but the ideas are probably at least loosely found in the passages referenced. I was disappointed by one or two that I looked up and didn't find very helpful or fitting. I think most of them fit, however.
I liked the practical assignments ("a wife's call to action"), which included interviewing others who have years of experience in marriage, listing reasons why your husband is fun to love, memorizing Scripture, etc. Some of these will be more helpful to a married woman, but a few of them are possible to employ before marriage.
Here are a few quotes I like from the book:
"Your heart and mind toward your spouse and your marriage will be as healthy as the information you put into your mind and speak from your mouth."
"Your fight for your marriage is not something you can put on hold while you pursue some other honorable mission. Sitting down on this job is not an option."
"Remember, God is not sitting on the throne evaluating your ability to stand in hopes that you make it this time. He is actively involved in helping you stand. He has an unlimited supply of time, wisdom, strength, and love for you. He empowers you to stand."
"You cannot walk away from the job of holding up the mirror to your husband. Your thoughts about him, good or bad, are obvious to him and others. And they are contagious. Think about it. What you've communicated to your parents and friends about him is the foundation where their thoughts of him originate. Are you painting a picture that looks like God's image of this man?"
"There is no problem in you, your spouse, or your marriage that God cannot resolve. Nothing that comes against your marriage is stronger than God."
"She explained that talking negatively about your husband was a slap in the face to yourself because the two of you are one."
"Jesus pursues a present-tense love relationship with His Church. You said "I do" to the very same lifestyle of enduring, pursuing love and oneness."
I'm not sure if I quite agree with the interpretation of 1 Peter 3:1, something I've thought about quite a bit. If a husband is unsaved, is this passage saying that the wife should be totally silent? The verse says "they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives," but it doesn't say she can't say anything about the Lord to their husbands. I'm sure that's not what the verse means, as we are supposed to be evangelists. However, the book may be saying that in general Christian women are to be meek and not badgering their husband all the time regarding the faith, mostly just living it out, which is what I believe the verse means. It's hard to tell, but it seemed to be taken almost literally, since the book states "no more preaching."
There are a couple of other doctrinal fallacies, or so it seems, implying that God will always work marriages out if we follow Him, etc., but it was subtle, and I think with all the battle involved in marriage, the positives of God's victory and strength are needed encouragement. There may have been some Arminian doctrine, as well, but I tend to filter that out unless it's constant.
There are a couple of chapters that offer more to read online, extra stories of encouragement, that I want to look up.
There is a chapter focusing on physical intimacy, which is written tastefully.
The book ends with a brief addressing of abuse in marriage. I think she handles it well, speaking of separation if needed, yet believing that God can work things out.
My top takeaways from this book:
Marriage is hard, self-sacrificing work, more-so than I imagined (it goes far beyond the basics of cleaning and cooking), yet God is there to uphold and empower when we seek Him and obey Him.
We as women need to be confident in God's love, not seeking man's love to hold us up--God's love is perfect.
Spilling troubles and complaints about husbands with others is most often disastrous. We should lovingly work out differences one on one with our spouses.
~I happily received this book from CrossFocusedReviews.com for my review; I was not required to give a positive review....more
Creative but odd--I mean, a mouse born to people? Otherwise pretty cute, though the ending is almost unfinished sounding--and quite thoughtless of theCreative but odd--I mean, a mouse born to people? Otherwise pretty cute, though the ending is almost unfinished sounding--and quite thoughtless of the mouse not to consult his parents....more
How would you answer if someone asked you "What are you seeking?" or "Why are you afraid?" Someone has, and His name is Jesus. He asked them of His eaHow would you answer if someone asked you "What are you seeking?" or "Why are you afraid?" Someone has, and His name is Jesus. He asked them of His early disciples, among many more questions, and the questions are for us today, as well. The topics covered in this book, all inspired by questions Jesus asked, are:
Christology Virgin Birth Family Discipleship Money Healing Counsiling Fear Demonology Servanthood Government Forgiveness Apologetics Lordship Prayer Suffering Love Persecution Hell Resurrection
There are also two appendixes about the Hypostatic Union and Communicato Idiomatum.
Yes, this is a lot of ground to cover in one small book, but there is a good foundation here and some good thoughts to mull over. Israel Wayne writes about them in an approachable way, with a few stories from his life, Bible quotes, and bite-sized sections.
If you are looking for a book to further your arguments from the Scriptures and to provoke thought, then this is a helpful place to start.
Many thanks to CrossFocusedReviews.com for providing me with a copy to review! I was not required to give a positive review....more
More romance than I was hoping for, but overall not a bad story, with lessons about taking time to listen and remember the pasts of veterans, to be opMore romance than I was hoping for, but overall not a bad story, with lessons about taking time to listen and remember the pasts of veterans, to be open, and to forgive....more